Friday Night Think Tank: Let’s Run Away Edition

Doc BrownModern Philosophers, is it really Friday night?  Did I somehow manage to survive the week?  If so, it’s a miracle.

I don’t want to taint the Think Tank with bad vibes, so let me tell my story quickly before we enter.  It was a horrible, stressful, overwhelming week at work (this is why I need to write full time!!!).  We work in teams of three, and both of my other team members were out all week due to serious health issues (I resent your accusations that I had anything to do with their maladies!!!).  You don’t even have to generate Deep Thoughts to imagine how difficult that made my life.

So let’s put on our Deep Thinking togas and enter the Think Tank now.  The Think Tank is a safe place.  No one can bother us here.  Modern Philosophers only inside this Bunker of Deep Thought.

Remember how this works…I toss out a topic, we ponder on it, and then we share what our brains conjure up on the subject.  There’s no wrong answer, so just speak your mind.

Since I’ve had a terrible week and thought about just leaving the office and running away, I thought that would make for an intriguing topic.

This week’s topic: If you could just get in your car and drive off, to what destination would you run away?  It doesn’t have to be a place of comfort.  You could go to this place to vent your frustration or hide from the world…

I wasn’t sure how to answer my own question, which led to a very good session of Deep Thinking.  Excellent.

Normally, when I run away, my destination is The House on the Hill, which has become my bunker and Philosophical Fortress of Solitude.  However, to give that answer would have been a lame cop out.  So I exercised the gray matter further and came up with…

RocklandThe Rockland Breakwater Lighthouse.  Depicted on the left, it is my favorite lighthouse in Maine, and has somehow earned this reputation as sacred ground in my mind.  It played a crucial role in the screenplay for The Retirement Party and is someplace I really long to take The Girl Who Is My Guiding Light.

As you can see from the photo, the walkway out to the lighthouse is jagged and cracked, and made up of multiple pieces of rock, which adds to the sense of adventure.  For some odd reason, that calms me, the guy who is scared to death of water.

When I survive the perilous journey out to the light at the end of the breakwater, there is a sense of relief and accomplishment.  Add to that an amazing view, and it makes the perfect place to run away to when I need the world to slow down and stop annoying the crap out of me.

So what about you, Modern Philosophers?  Where would you go?

Whatever you decide to answer, I’m just glad you came to the Think Tank this week…


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Native New Yorker who's fled to the quiet life in Maine. I write movies, root for the Yankees, and shovel lots of snow.
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46 Responses to Friday Night Think Tank: Let’s Run Away Edition

  1. Matthew says:

    I would drive all the way to cape horn in my big ass camo off road truck pulling my camper, then i would take a ferry to south africa and drive all the way up to UK down to Ukraine and then over into russia and china, essentially driving all over the world.

  2. Ashana M says:

    I prefer to run off in planes. Is that okay? Can we expand this topic. I think maybe Sweden. That’s far. Far sounds good right now. And I hear summer is beautiful there. Also, it’s been hot here in the City of Angels. I bet Sweden is nice and temperate right now. Just muddy? Ah, someday.

  3. Arppegio says:

    SorI like going by the lake or if not walk around absorbing all the sound fro the early birds at the park singing and whatnot.

  4. floridaborne says:

    If I have to run away, it sure as hell won’t be to Maine in the winter. If there were no constraints and I had loads of loot, I would go to a spa near a sandy beach with the best hot tubs, get a manicure and pedicure and facial and have a room facing the waves with a window that opened so I could go to sleep to the sound of the ocean’s roar.

  5. Trapper Gale says:

    Easy. The Rocky Mountains… where a man has space to think, ponder and dream.

  6. drishism says:

    I would go to Frisco Colorado. Beautiful area… and during the summer it is a ghost town some weeks. My wife and I were there in May of 2011… we went to their movie theater and were the only people in the theater (other than staff)… we watched Thor. In addition, when we went to eat at Ruby Tuesdays, we were one of three tables in the entire restaurant. Granted,this was a ski resort town during the offseason, but it was incredibly peaceful. The busiest place was a pizza place during the day, it had several tables of people eating. I have thought of Frisco as one of the places in Colorado that I would like to go during the summer when I am writing my dissertation.

  7. For me the drive itself would be the getaway. I would just meander out onto the first state highway I came to and just head in whichever direction struck my fancy at that particular moment. I would just drive and drive, exploring hidden country back roads, winding narrow two lane roads through deep dark forests, mountain passes, and coastal highways. I would stop at cozy little roadside diners to eat, and stay in cheap hotels when I wanted to sleep and take a shower. I would do this until I ran out of money, or had to go back to work.

  8. Office Diva says:

    I live in the great state of Texas, which as they say is quite large. I haven’t seen a few key parts yet—–my final frontier. So to keep with the “driving” theme, I’d get in the car and go west, young man! Big Bend National Park awaits, especially since I got my new camera a few months ago—– It is has been begging me to take us there. There is also an awesome observatory out in the middle of freakin’ nowhere—-the Fort MacDonald Observatory, quite near Marfa (famous for unexplained lights at night). This is where I’d like to head the next time I have to get away from it all, when co-workers/customers/neighbors/family members make me want to run off screaming. Yeah. Big Bend.

    • Austin says:

      I like Texas because you folks named your state’s capital after me… 🙂

      • Office Diva says:

        Yes, I thought you might mention that! Austin is a great city; they have a saying, “Keep Austin Weird.” They’re quite proud of that. So I am assuming they named the city after you because they liked your quirky style. Come to Texas and send me a postcard when you’re in town. 🙂

      • Austin says:

        A friend bought me one of those Keep Austin Weird tee shirts, and I wear it proudly. 🙂

      • Office Diva says:

        Ahhh, then you are continuing the campaign. Texas Austinites salute you.

      • Austin says:

        The shirt says AUSTIN on the front in huge letters, so I tell people I wear it around in case I ever forget my name… 🙂

      • Office Diva says:

        You should sew your address and telephone into the inside of your shirt, too; just in case. 🙂

      • Austin says:

        I know I live at The House on the Hill, and Gary the Gargoyle usually hovers in the sky above me to keep me from getting lost, but every once in a while, my name escapes me. I’m faced with the great philosophical dilemma: “How am I???”. And then I look at my shirt. 🙂

  9. Office Diva says:

    PS – Forgot to mention that I like your writing style and your blog. Very nice and lots of fun! Thanks for posting!

  10. ksbeth says:

    My place to go would be sitting on the shore of Lake Michigan, a few hours north of me. Sitting on the sand, watching the waves slowly roll in. Hope next week is better for you )

  11. Run away is what I would love to do as I’m stuck with 120 degree temps this weekend. Ugh. Meditation garden in Encinitas, California. The garden is part of the Self Realization Fellowship (Paramahansa Yogananda of Autobiography of a Yogi) but is open to the public. It is loaded with beautiful tropical flowers, trees, and koi ponds, and it rests on a cliff that overlooks Swami’s Beach (a popular surf spot). You can’t help but to relax while taking it all in. Second place: Zion National Park.
    Rest this weekend!

    • Austin says:

      That sounds like a wonderful place to hide. Luckily, the temperature is about half that in Maine right now. Hope you make it through the hot weekend… 🙂

  12. mudlips says:

    So sorry your week was so tough. I can see why you want to run away. Oddly for me, my job is fun and low stress and I still want to run away. My fantasy with running away is car-free though. I dream with no specific destination; just go for as long as I want. I would walk, bike, paddle, ski, climb, basically carry on until I wanted to come home again – the Trans-Canada trail might be good for this…Anyway, I have never been homesick but the longest trips I’ve ever managed were about 1 month long. So I want to runaway find out how long it takes for me to feel homesick.

    • Austin says:

      That sounds great. I really feel like running away from it all right now…

      • mudlips says:

        I HEAR ya! Anytime I feel the least bit dissatisfied, even a tiny bit, running away is my first thought. I’m not talking about running away from challenges or fears but running away, as in just leave everything behind and hitting the road – indefinitely. That just sounds so much more natural and satisfying than sticking with this putting down roots thing. When I feel that way and can’t leave town, sometimes I play tourist in my hometown. I ride the bus to the tourist attractions – museums, parks, gardens (last week I went to the Portland Japanese Garden – ah!) – and walk and go to lunch, buy souvenirs. It can work to quench my wunderlust…so, any good museums near the House on the Hill?

      • Austin says:

        No cool museums up in these parts…

      • mudlips says:

        What!? The Cole Land Transportation Museum or the Maine Forest and Logging Museum must be worth at least one visit – just think you could learn about snow plows and log hauling. I would think tourists (aka aliens) would frequent such places just to learn how to fit in better.

      • Austin says:

        I’m from NY. These museums do not compare…

  13. Its been one of those weeks, eh? I feel ya! My getaway place on bike would be at this little part next to the path by the St. Lawrence River where its gorgeous and quiet. If by car, I love to go near waterfalls…out in Rawdon, Quebec there is a beautiful area with rapids called Dorwin Falls! Water is just so tranquil and peaceful 🙂 Its my escape all the time! Or if I’d drive even further it would be at this hiking trail at the foot of the falls in Saguenay Lac. St. Jean area of Quebec. Its a beautiful regions, multiple places, I’d drive and get away from everything! 🙂
    Have a great weekend Austin!

  14. queenlorene says:

    There is a very quiet section of Fairmount Park in Philadelphia where 300 year old trees reign. A 7 mile walking and horseback riding paved trail winds next to the Schuylkill River. There is an old Indian trail accessed by ancient steps. Entering this world is like taking a step back in time. So peaceful, so much beauty. The Stone Steps were an adventure for my brother and I, taking on a legendary feeling when we went. I would go there if I could.

  15. Drops of Ink says:

    At the moment, I would run away to any place with cooler weather than WA is having right now. Anything over 80 degrees makes me feel ill, and I spend all day in water trying to stay cool. Water is bad for laptops and phones so I don’t get much writing/blogging done. :/

    • Austin says:

      Luckily, it had cooled off in Maine the last couple of days. It hadn’t been as sweltering as it’s been out west, but it was very hot. Hope it cools off soon!

  16. elisapompili says:

    Pacific Ocean – it’s the complete opposite side of the country and it’s so beautiful, standing on the edge of the ocean, wiggling toes in the cold water. Wonderful! (Instead, I will opt for a road trip out to Denver, which for us starts today! Woo!)

  17. 1wanderingtruthseeker says:

    If I ran away, I wouldn’t use ordinary means. I flew in my body in a dream once so I’d ran that way, but remember to take someone to talk too. It sometimes gets lonley on the road urh sky.

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