Monday, July 21, 2008

King Of The Chill

My friends rent-out their house to vacationers. We can only come here when there are otherwise no renters. I love reading the entries in the guestbook. One this time caught my attention. A large group of friends was doing exactly what we are doing this week. Relaxing and sharing the pleasure of each other's company.

One of the phrases in the entry was really funny. Apparently, the group had instituted an actual Lounging contest. Strange, we've had the King of Chill contest ourselves all this time, but never had actual rules for it.. it was more of a laid back thing than that - as a chill contest should be. Apparently the guest families even had rules. From the Guestbook:

One of the highlights of our visit was the lounging contest. Points were given to the people who most exemplified the five pillars of lounging: Style, Duration, Creativity, Frequency, and Lounging under Duress.

Well, I'm glad that they had fun here, I'm to chill to follow any such complex rules. I'm all for the maximization of the chill, and have definite appreciation for the therapeutic benefits of a hammock. (You cannot help but to chill when swaying to the rhythm of the waves, enjoying the warm breezes... perhaps with an occasional sip of the beverage of your choice.)

But I am not at all in favor of codifying the chill! Our lounging about the house is more like a shampoo than a contest: Lounge, Chatter, Repeat!

Wherever you are today, I hope that you're able to experience chill!

Don Bergquist - July 21, 2008 - DeBordieu Colony, South Carolina, USA

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