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Editor's Note: Country Geek Therapy For Curing the Frazzles

Oct 15, 2010, 23:04 (9 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Carla Schroder)

by Carla Schroder
Managing Editor

As much as I love computers and technology, after a long hard week I look forward to turning them all off and going outside to play.

The human body is not meant to sit for long periods of time. We're not designed to spend all of our time in noisy, over-stimulating environments either. One of my dreams is to have a remote resort where people can really get away from it all: no phones, TV, radio, no traffic noise. A place where you can go outside and hear no human-created sounds at all; just the wind, birds, bugs, and whatever other critters are in the neighborhood, and think thoughts and breathe good air.

The next best thing is having a bit of ground and some elbow room, and some fun grownup toys like a tractor and implements. A tractor is a necessity even on a small place, unless you enjoy toiling all day doing things by hand. There is a special satisfaction in having good tools, whether they are computers or machinery, and in learning to use them skillfully. There is plenty of hand work in any case.

Any change of pace and scenery is refreshing and healthy. So maybe I should be thinking along the lines of a geek dude ranch, with an innovative blend of technology and good old dirt. Here is how a day at a geek dude ranch might look:

First, the very important safety training.

Tractor safety

Then the mighty tilling machine goes to work.

tilling the soil

See how it chews.

tiller does a good job

For variety and cross-training, a bit of ditch cleaning with the backhoe.

cleaning a ditch with backhoe

Or guests may wish to join the supervisory committee.

Lazy dogs loafing in the grass

Then we cool off.

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And finally, a well-earned rest.

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After sowing and watering, two weeks later we are rewarded with happy healthy new plants, and a refreshed mind and body.

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Images shot in Canon 14-bit RAW or JPEG, converted and edited in Digikam.