Vic and I did not join the
elbowing crowds to save a buck or two at Best
Buy or Target on Black Friday. We did not need
to update our interactive game console, thank
you. We already have one -- A boat -- and it
provides us with a fresh and exciting experience
every time we “play”!
I understand that playing computer games is a
rush. But what kind of rush is it? Is it an
adrenaline rush? If so, it doesn't sound healthy
to me. It seems to me we all get enough stress
in our lives without the need to produce it
Lots of things give us rushes but that doesn't
make them good. Shopping till you drop is a rush
for some people. It may also be unhealthy
physically, not to mention financially.
Boating is interactive, having other people on
board, watching birds and dolphins, feeling the
wind and smelling the salt air. Now that is a
healthy kind of rush.
How many times have we
fallen victim to HSF (Holiday Shopping Frenzy) –
finding the perfect gift for Aunt Harriett or
Uncle George or the very latest and only the
very latest fashionable $100-plus tennis shoes
for a nephew? You get the picture.
Cooking, baking, decorating – so much to do! And
then there are the parties, the hostess gifts
and don't forget the mailman and the paperboy.
The HSF gets earlier every year, too! Have you
noticed? I saw decorations out in stores in
August this year. That’s crazy!
Every holiday season I find myself wishing that
people would spend their hard-earned money on
things that can really make a positive
difference in their lives – yes, like boating.
Maybe I’m wrong, but it seems to me that playing
some violent game on your tablet is far from
relaxing. It’s nothing like, say cruising along
on a sail or power boat
So what's the point? I would say that when we
buy gifts for others and for ourselves maybe we
should apply the "rush standard" to our
decision. In other words, we should ask
ourselves, "Will this purchase produce a healthy
rush or an unhealthy rush?"
This brings me back to
boating. I happen to think boating produces the
healthiest rush of any diversion, especially
including computer games. It also forces us to
slow down, to interact with nature, and to spend
time with family and friends.
Like the game console you can buy at Best Buy,
our boat console manipulates a visual display.
Our console shows an ever-moving panorama of
beautiful scenes framed by blue sky and
Like the electronic version, our real-life
boating game has a console with manipulating
devices such as a steering wheel and throttles.
(You could call them joysticks.) They make the
visual display turn this way or that, and go
slower or faster, forward or backward. For real.
Unlike the indoor game console, our outdoor
console game supplies us with fresh air and
rewards us with unexpectedly exhilarating sights
such as dolphins surfing the bow wake or a
family of manatees chewing on seagrasses.
That’s the holiday rush
that I’m looking for and suggest you give it a