I would have been a wonderful Eagle Scout if scouting didn’t discriminate against girls. Why do I think I’d qualify? Because I like being prepared, that’s why. Take today’s WordPress Daily Prompt “Terminal Time” that asks you to talk about how you would kill six hours in an airport without your electronic devices. While I have to admit that I would prefer reading or playing games on my iPad Mini, I could definitely fall back on the old fashioned methods of amusing myself. I always carry with me a miniature composition book and a telescoping pen. (Did I mention that I love gadgets?)
I love composition books. I don’t know why. I just do. They aren’t as ugly as they used to be. They come in colors now. Maybe it’s because they are just so darned utilitarian. The heavy covers give you a good surface to write on. The pages are stitched in so they don’t fall out. They don’t have those annoying wire spiral things that get caught on your clothes. Good old stitching has never been beaten. I use the mini ones because they fit in almost anything I have with me.
The pens are fun, too. They telescope, with the barrel sliding down on itself for storage, the point retracting so it doesn’t leave ink all over the place. They take up just a tiny bit of room, so I always have one with me. With those tools I’m always ready to jot down a great idea, leave someone a note, doodle, or write the next great American novel.
I’d get out my trusty notebook and pen, do a little writing for my journal, and then I’d amuse myself by creating short character sketches of the people around me. One of these days I’m going to get around to writing another mystery novel, and you can never have enough characters. I love to collect odd names of people, interesting physical characteristics, patterns of speech, and family dynamics. Everything is fodder to a writer.
When I got tired of writing, I would strike up a conversation with one or two interesting people who were waiting like I am. I’m an introvert, but I’ve learned to how to “interview” people and get them talking. Then I can just sit back and enjoy sharing their life with them. Most people don’t have a good listener in their life, so I get to hear very special stories. It’s my way of paying it forward, by giving people a quiet, safe way to share themselves and release a little of the tension in their life.
Yes, I could amuse myself greatly for six electronic-less hours. How about you? Would you go through withdrawal or find a way to have fun?
Hi. I’m Chris. I’m an introvert. All of my postings tend to reflect my introvert world in some way or another. Join me and like minded introverts for a special slant on the world.