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Going Cold Turkey

“Go cold turkey: To undergo sudden and complete withdrawal from a habitual activity or behavior pattern.”

By the time you read this, I will most likely be en route to or in New York City.

For those of you who are not regular readers, I will explain briefly: I am going to perform at Carnegie Hall on Wednesday, March 28, 2007, at 8:00 p.m. as a member of The Delta Winds, a conglomeration of local community bands, with some very talented high school students joining us. Our performance will cap the New York Wind Festival.

Yes, you read that correctly. Carnegie Hall. The Carnegie Hall. The same stage upon which musical giants have performed. Me. And my flute. And the 109 or so other members of our ensemble. Unbelievable. Few musicians ever get an opportunity like this. I plan to savor every second of this adventure.

So I am going “cold turkey” until March 31, 2007. By that I mean that I am going to be in New York City without a computer.

Quit laughing. This is no joke. I’m serious. No laptop. No going to the business center in the hotel and paying to go online and read my e-mail.

No Internet. For seven full days.

I decided against purchasing a laptop to take with me. First of all, I would hardly ever use it, making it an unwise investment. I have a laptop for business, but this trip is pure pleasure. And I don’t really want my kids fighting over who gets to use the laptop when we go on family vacations. I enjoy torturing them by making them go without their computers for a few days of family fun.

I also want to spend my time enjoying the city and rest at the end of each event-filled day. Sightseeing and having fun are hard work. If I take a computer with me, I know all too well that I will go back to my hotel room in the evening, read my e-mail, upload the photos I took that day, blog . . . before you know it, the clock will say 2:00 a.m. and I’ll be sorry the next morning. No, I want to go back to my hotel room to enjoy a glass of wine, a hot bath, a good book, and rest up for the next day’s activities.

This will force me to jot notes on paper using a pen or pencil. Imagine!

So next Sunday when I have returned home, I will let you know how the performance goes and if I survived my “cold turkey” week without experiencing too many symptoms of withdrawal. One thing is for sure: This will be interesting!

Originally published at Write Stuff.

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