TITLE: Time for a Little Slack AUTHOR: Eugene Wallingford DATE: May 27, 2005 10:21 AM DESC: After a while, a person just needs a rest... ----- BODY: I feel a strong desire to write a substantive essay on something of great import, but at the same time I feel that I have nothing of great value to say today. I suspect that this is my mind and brain telling me to take a break, after a busy spring semester and all of the busy-ness that has followed. I'm due for some time away from the office. Fortunately, that is what's about to happen. In the US, this is Memorial Day weekend. My family and I will be using the long weekend to tour the caves at Mammoth Cave National Park in Kentucky. Mammoth Cave and its neighbors are the longest known system of caves in the world. I lived the first half of my life only a couple hours drive from this park but have never visited. My 12- and 9-year-old daughters will be able to say that they spelunked there, though we'll have to drive 9-10 hours to do it. This won't be my first spelunking adventure. While in Arizona the week before ChiliPLoP, I went with a few friends for a short cave tour just outside of Tucson. We were all in town to watch NCAA tournament games. By the time we reached the cave, I had already run 9 miles and played 90 minutes of basketball that morning. At least I should be better rested for Mammoth Cave, which will entail some more strenuous climbing. My mind can use a break. It's time for a little slack. (Or should I link to one of the long-running threads on the XP discussion list instead?) -----