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    My personal oasis

    During the summertime, when I get home from a stressful day at work, I always look forward to sitting in my backyard with a beer of my choosing (this evening it's a Stella) whilst tending to the BBQ. Tonight we're having a thick and juicy T-bone.

    We're finally getting our backyard to a point where it's actually relaxing and quite beautiful with the maturing trees and all the perenials my wife has planted over the years. We've also been collecting some gargoyle statues that are placed around our yard. Those combined with a couple of crosses gives our yard the feel of a cemetery. For some reason I've always felt very comfortable in a cemetery ... not sure why. Aside from slight neighbor noises (we've got to find a place in the country soon) all I can hear is the wind through the trees, some birds that have nested in our cedar tree, and the sounds of 2 squirrels chasing each other through the trees. Definitely my little piece of oasis here in my backyard.

    Describe your oasis or the place that you escape your hectic life.
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    The bottom of the pool.

    It's so peaceful and just a minute down there really clears my head.

    There's also a clothing optional hiking trail which is great for relaxing. I love it there.
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    Our house has a hill in back, Pretty much the whole block backs up to the hill. But the lower part is steep, so steep only our neighbor on the right has natural access (borderline). I have a railroad tie set of stairs, followed by broken concrete steps going up a bench under a long established tree. In the middle of the city and all alone. On a good day with a nice breeze even when ther is not much of one lower down.

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    Walking the dogs...no ipod, no cell, low-traffic roads or maybe down to the beach for a swim and some frisbee,...me, the poochies, and Mother Nature

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    Quote Originally Posted by skijor View Post
    .me, the poochies, and Mother Nature
    As much as I hated walking our dog (she had some behavioral issues that were getting worse, so we had to have her put down a few weeks ago), I must agree that it was nice sometimes.

    Other than that there is being out there on the bike and doing yardwork/bikework for me.
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    My personal oasis is in a secret place. A very special place that I like to go to alone. I will only take one car there and no other - the Trans Am. Because of the tight winding roads there, I can finally let loose, open it up as much as I can....with nobody around to stop me or limit me. Hardly any other cars are there at the time I like to go, so there is minimal risk involved.

    When I get there it is akin to being in the forest...cool, quiet except for the sounds of life in the environment. A place where I can be at peace and center myself. A place where all of the ugliness I have encountered comes into a funnel, compresses at the tightest spot and then releases only to be dispersed amongst the beauty, becoming part of it. A place where I am able to see things outside of myself. A place where soul and Earth come together within. A place not yet spoiled by those who can't appreciate it.
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    i just get in the gimp suit and crawl into my box.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SingingSabre View Post
    There's also a clothing optional hiking trail which is great for relaxing. I love it there.
    I love it there too...in my ghillie suit, a good set of binoculars...especially when that natural redhead happens along.
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    Cool thread.

    My personal oasis is really just my apartment.

    I have a lot of demands on my life right now - inner mixed with "wants" that I want to do as well. And I'm trying to combine them -- Mom versus Life versus Couch versus Where I want to go in life .....

    I look forward soon (meaning this next year - early) to picking myself up and moving to a Couch World.

    That is my oasis.

    Till then - I just shut the window blinds and turned the lights off so no one can ring my doorbell, etc.

    This, tonite, is my oasis.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Siu Blue Wind View Post
    The forest...cool, quiet except for the sounds of life in the environment. A place where I can be at peace and center myself. A place where all of the ugliness I have encountered comes into a funnel, compresses at the tightest spot and then releases only to be dispersed amongst the beauty, becoming part of it. A place where I am able to see things outside of myself. A place where soul and Earth come together within. A place not yet spoiled by those who can't appreciate it.

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    You know, after I typed my post, I wanted so bad to go to my special place. So I took the Trans Am out and started to go - but it was getting late and I thought to myself "Why am I leaving right NOW?" It's about an hour and a half drive for me. And I wasn't prepared to stay for long. It was just too late. I've had the most stressed out two weeks ever.........I really need to take some time out.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Siu Blue Wind View Post
    I've had the most stressed out two weeks ever.........I really need to take some time out.

    You know what to do.
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    Yes, I know what do to now.

    Thanks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jsharr View Post
    i just get in the gimp suit and crawl into my box.
    I just snorted Sierra Nevada Pale Ale up my nose, you sod!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Connell View Post
    I just snorted Sierra Nevada Pale Ale up my nose, you sod!
    So in a way, I just helped you create your own "inner oasis"...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Siu Blue Wind View Post
    You know, after I typed my post, I wanted so bad to go to my special place. So I took the Trans Am out and started to go - but it was getting late and I thought to myself "Why am I leaving right NOW?" It's about an hour and a half drive for me. And I wasn't prepared to stay for long. It was just too late. I've had the most stressed out two weeks ever.........I really need to take some time out.
    Sounds like you need to find a place a bit closer to home for those quick-fix de-stressers. Although from your description, I may have been tempted to make the 1 1/2 drive as well. Hopefully you can find some way to relieve some stress. Maybe you need to beat up a few people in your martial arts class ... or that thing Serendipper is alluding to.

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    long time visiter Alfster's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tude View Post
    Cool thread.

    My personal oasis is really just my apartment.

    I have a lot of demands on my life right now - inner mixed with "wants" that I want to do as well. And I'm trying to combine them -- Mom versus Life versus Couch versus Where I want to go in life .....

    I look forward soon (meaning this next year - early) to picking myself up and moving to a Couch World.

    That is my oasis.

    Till then - I just shut the window blinds and turned the lights off so no one can ring my doorbell, etc.

    This, tonite, is my oasis.
    Isn't Couch World somewhere near Chicago You realize it's very windy there

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    long time visiter Alfster's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by jsharr View Post
    i just get in the gimp suit and crawl into my box.
    So your workplace is your oasis?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alfster View Post
    Sounds like you need to find a place a bit closer to home for those quick-fix de-stressers. Although from your description, I may have been tempted to make the 1 1/2 drive as well. Hopefully you can find some way to relieve some stress. Maybe you need to beat up a few people in your martial arts class ... or that thing Serendipper is alluding to.
    Thanks Alfster. But I live in the ghetto. It's hard to find peace. It's a regular thing to have drive bys. Just last night I heard guns going off again.

    Dipper is a very special friend. He knows me very well and can feel what I'm going through at times.
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    Mine is next to my Orange amp holding my Strat and playing whatever the mood indicates.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Siu Blue Wind View Post
    Thanks Alfster. But I live in the ghetto. It's hard to find peace. It's a regular thing to have drive bys. Just last night I heard guns going off again.

    Dipper is a very special friend. He knows me very well and can feel what I'm going through at times.
    You could make a bit of a sanctuary within your own home. Just sound-proof one of your rooms and bling it out.
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    Quote Originally Posted by maddmaxx View Post
    How are you ever going to live in the real world if you can't get along with people who don't believe what you do?

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    long time visiter Alfster's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by jdon View Post
    Your personal oasis ... my personal hell. (I posted this a while back ... but it fits your post so well )


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    Quote Originally Posted by jsharr View Post
    So in a way, I just helped you create your own "inner oasis"...
    If by "inner oasis" you mean a nasty, stinging discomfort in the sinuses causing me to pinch the bridge of my nose while walking around the room saying "Ow, ow, f***ing hell, ow, ow!" then yes, yes you did.
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    What's my oasis? Where do I go to get away from it all? Metro Diner. Gimme a couple of eggs, bacon, toast and good strong coffee. Lemme meet up and talk with the old-timers and I'm good as new. Open 24 hours too!
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