Thursday Morning Fish Fry — Home on a Wing and a Prayer

WELL! In retrospect I think it was sheer exhaustion. Finishing the new book after a speeded-up schedule, too little sleep, too much caffeine, 3 major trips back to back — I don’t do airplanes/airports well at all — and I got to Hawaii — long anticipated, oh boy, warm water — wrote a blog post the first morning there about how rich my life was, and keblam, the next day folded like a limp hot air balloon…Long story short — it’s been about 2 weeks of feeling like shit + severe neck pain and I’m finally on the other side…I recognized a couple of things during this episode: (1) I’m a total wimp about  being sick. It’s the end of my world; I don’t suffer feeling bad or low-chi gladly and (2) I haven’t had sufficient empathy for people that are ill or in pain. The neck thing made me realize what people who have say, back pain, are going through. Holy shit! Well, a big fat (800 mg) Ibuprofen cured the neck pain — voila — plus there was a music documentary of George H. W. Bush’s 1989 inauguration — blues, baby! — and a killer version of “Hey Bo Diddley” with Bo and Ronnie Woods that was extraordinary — and I started to move my neck, and sweet Jesus, I feel alive again, and ready to get on with my life. I might even jump on my skateboard this afternoon.

   Whenever things break down like this for me, I can count back to at least 6 dumb things I’ve done, in combo. Here there were like 9. Look at the amount of stuff I was carrying — no checked bags — plus I was walking up all the stairs, not using escalators, in airports, to get a workout. Yes, yes…

About Lloyd Kahn

Lloyd Kahn started building his own home in the early '60s and went on to publish books showing homeowners how they could build their own homes with their own hands. He got his start in publishing by working as the shelter editor of the Whole Earth Catalog with Stewart Brand in the late '60s. He has since authored six highly-graphic books on homemade building, all of which are interrelated. The books, "The Shelter Library Of Building Books," include Shelter, Shelter II (1978), Home Work (2004), Builders of the Pacific Coast (2008), Tiny Homes (2012), and Tiny Homes on the Move (2014). Lloyd operates from Northern California studio built of recycled lumber, set in the midst of a vegetable garden, and hooked into the world via five Mac computers. You can check out videos (one with over 450,000 views) on Lloyd by doing a search on YouTube:

11 Responses to Thursday Morning Fish Fry — Home on a Wing and a Prayer

  1. all carry on..? no chit? how did you convince them to allow this much carry on? thought they were very strict about ONE item…

    glad your back to your self, looking to hear what shenanigans you get up to.

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  3. Lloyd, I love ya but you look like a pregnant turtle! Packs in front AND back … how did you not exceed your carry-on limit! Hey, is that your abandoned "Smart Cart" in the pic?! I hope so. It's only smart if you're using it, hahahaha! Glad you're back!

  4. Yeah, this turned out to be an absurd amount of stuff. Realized this when I see how dumb it looks in the photo (altho the pack on my back compressed down quite a bit). My goal is to cut it in half next trip. (Not my cart in pic.)

  5. Ha! That picture made me laugh! You are such a trooper, always going for the maximum! I love your style. I think we can still enjoy the maximum if we also learn to pace ourselves. I guess there is only one way to learn how to pace ourselves. : )
    Thanks huge bunches for your entertainment and inspiration!!!!!!!!!

  6. Back a few years when I hit the allotted three-score-and-ten, after having an experience similar to the one you just went through, I realized that the days of cram-as-much-living-into-the-least-possible-amount-of-time days were gone. Way too many people never awake from the experience.

    May be time to take it easy(er).

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