Internet Silence For The Weekend

Kayaking TrioJaiku off? Check. Twitter off? Check. Internet profile on phone? Still deleted. Radio? Nowhere to be found. Paddle? Check. ProTools? Check. Boots? Check. Bike? Check.

I’ve been waiting for March to hit for ages, this stretch of ten days or so to be more precise. It’s close on two months since I’ve had the chance to get up to Sligo but come lunchtime today I’ll be counting down the miles to the lake, all in the hope that I’m getting a head start on the bank holiday traffic.

I’m imposing internet silence for the weekend. Twitter and Jaiku mobile updates are off. There’s no broadband connection in the house above – which surprisingly suits me this weekend – no dial-up connection and mobile coverage is sketchy at the best of times.

The lack of any decent speed internet connection doesn’t sway me at all at the lake. I know if I drive 7 miles up the road that I can get a wireless broadband connection. I know if I make the trip into Ballina (Mayo, we’re pretty close to the border) and could bring my laptop with me, enjoy internet access and coffee in the town, but I choose not to. There are enough natural distractions in the area to enjoy as opposed to spending even MORE time logged on.

Barring one appointment I’ve got on Saturday I plan on getting back out on the lake, tackling some more of the waves at Iniscrone (I’m guessing we’ll have the weather for it though I must look up the surf reports), cycling the mountain roads until my legs fall off and if I’ve enough energy left, flesh out an idea on paper that’s been bubbling away in my head the last two weeks (good bubbles) and I’m NOT leaving until I’ve got one new track recorded for delivery on MySpace next week.

If you’re emailing me, DMing me or looking for me in general, don’t expect to find me until Tuesday – or maybe Monday night, depending on what happens on the 17th.

Yes, some of us still believe that St. Patrick’s Day and it’s traditional Irish activities should take place on the 17th and not a bloody Saturday.

Then we’ll do it all again next weekend for Easter.


  1. Darren March 14, 2008 at 9:48 am

    Sounds fan-fecking-tastic, Ken. Have a great time!

  2. Ken McGuire March 14, 2008 at 10:20 am

    Oh I’ll certainly try 🙂

    Delighted with the investment made in the kayak at Christmas, great incentive to get out and about and wear myself into the ground!

  3. Pavlos March 15, 2008 at 4:00 am

    Isn’t it great when we find ourselves in places and situations where the absence of technology goes by unnoticed? In the sense that there are many other more exciting things to preoccupy ourselves with. Sounds like a much needed break – have a great time!

  4. Bernie Goldbach March 18, 2008 at 6:59 am

    If you’re really connected to the cloud and you want to remain creative, I think you have to shut off the warbles, the beeps, the bubble-ups, and the vibrating text alerts at least once every three months. And you’ve found the perfect place to disconnect!

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