March 2, 2015
We live in a wonderful world that is full of beauty, charm, and adventure. There is no end to the adventures we can have if only we seek them with our eyes open.” Jawaharlal Nehru
I have a sneaking suspicion that my husband is planning to move us off the grid. Lately, he has been reading A LOT of survival novels and tells me things like, “Don’t worry Megs, when we get stranded somewhere deserted, I’ll know how to get a fire started out of palm leaves and sugar and I know how to make drinkable water out of a straw and piece of cloth.” Recently, he just finished a SCIENCE FICTION, notice the word fiction, novel called The Martian, where a man is stranded on Mars after a failed mission and has to figure out how to get back home to Earth. Dan, my husband of 2 and half glorious years, let me know that this character taught him some valuable things about satellites and aerospace engineering, but some of his tactics were a little unrealistic and impossible. I’m just glad he is finding some useful information in the event that we are forced to vacate Earth and move to another planet for some particular reason.
Last night I was going through the On-Demand and I saw his recently viewed playlist. What I saw on that list only solidifies my feelings that in the next ten years I will be an Alaskan Bushperson… or maybe a Mars Bushperson. Dan loves to watch shows that deal with the open terrain. Shows like: Alaskan Bushpeople, Dual Survival, Gold Rush, Survivor Man, and Alaska: The Final Frontier are some of his guilty pleasures! I wish I found these shows appealing but all I see are people that could be cast members from horror movies like The Hills Have Eyes or The People Under the Stairs. Although I do not see literal pen and paper note-taking, I strongly believe there is some mental note-taking in progress when these shows are on and it’s hilarious. I love it! He sits Indian ( I mean Native American) style, with a blanket around him, while eating cereal right in front of the TV, watching so attentively. He’s like a little boy watching Saturday Morning cartoons (remember those???). His “What he would do instead” comments crack me up and make me proud to call him my husband. And hey, I ‘de rather him watch these weirdoes than watch porn, or basically anything on the E channel, or even more disturbingly , TLC. Maybe he is trying to send out a hint that we need to go to Alaska which would be both mind settling and adventurous!
However, if there is a time when I come home from work and find him building a bomb shelter or a space ship, I may have to put a kibosh on some of the survival shows.