Hello, my name is Barbara and I’m an addict.
Yes, it’s true. I’m a news-aholic. The first thing
I do every morning is turn on the news and weather
report. Years ago I only “fed” my habit once or
twice a day with the morning and evening network
newscasts. However, now the 24/7 cable news world
that we live in means that addicts like me can be
tuned-in anywhere, any time.
Can’t sleep at 0300 hours? Turn on the news. Need
to check the weather? I just tap an app on my
phone and there is more weather information than
that phone number I used to call ever gave me.
Waiting for a flight? There is even an Airport
So, how does one kick this habit? I’ve got the
perfect rehab facility- the boat! What better way
to get away from the news of the day than to go
cruising. Whether sailing or motoring along,
boating is the perfect detox facility. It’s surely
much more comfortable and more fun than those
celebrity rehab centers we’ve all seen on TV.
Oh, sure some of us can still be “plugged in” on
the boat. Some boats have TV’s, stereos and
computers. And, of course most people have smart
phones or tablets with them at all times. But
really, who is going to sail off into the sunset
watching CNN? Surfing the headlines on my phone at
the beach just doesn’t have the same appeal as
swimming with my dog.
The boat is the ultimate spa – a place to detox
and de-stress from the news of the day. In this
crazy world we live in, we all need a place we can
go where we can find peace. For me, that place is
on the water. Whether on a kayak, a runabout or a
sailboat sliding along, being on the water lowers
the blood pressure and pushes that 24/7 cable news
I take full responsibility for my habit. I know,
out there someone is saying, “just turn off the
TV.” Ok, but then a friend walks in and says, “did
you hear the news?” and the cable is back humming
along again. I did cancel all those news and
weather alerts on my phone. Any media addict
should go cold turkey and clear those apps from
all electronic devices.
I also have to plan my stints in rehab. It’s not
easy to get away when you run a seven-day-a-week
business. Fortunately, in Southwest Florida there
is no bad time to go boating. Even when the wind
chill gets down to 65, there is always a cozy cove
to drop the hook. Detox treatment might include
reading a book, taking a dinghy ride or going
fishing. That doesn’t sound all that bad, does it?
In a week where there is the State of the Union
address, Winter Storm “Leon” and the Super Bowl, I
feel a relapse coming. It’s time for some serious
Honey, untie the lines. Let’s go boating.