Dataless Day 25

On one of my carpool trips from work a few weeks back, Sander and I had a great idea. It’s an event that would occur once every few months – perhaps quarterly. The event’s title:

Interesting Evenings.

The idea came about we discussed Sander’s experiences with his debate team in high school. Then it dawned on me: we should have a debate! We could invite people over and have a formal debate with judging and the whole thing! Sander cleverly recommended that in order for it to succeed it would be best to mix seriousness and comedy. For example, we could have one debate on the death penalty and another on Miracle Whip vs. Cains.

Other ideas for interesting evenings? Perhaps a craft evening, an auction, or a series of lectures. Anyone else have a good recommendation?

Aside: Three days left of datelessness. Stay tuned for the March recaps.

Dataless Day 23

This is yet another automatic post for the month of February as Jen and I try and achieve a full month without electronics abuse. This weekend’s fun events included a bald eagle watch with the local Audubon group. It’s a 5 hours watch with a number of different stops concluding with a tasty lunch in Essex.

The Connecticut river is known for its bald eagle roosts. I’m eager to check it out. I’ve only seen bald eagles on a few random occasions here in CT. Once flying over the highway, and another time at a great distance from the shores of Madison, CT.

Also scheduled for this week? A Houston business trip. This will be especially challenging to survive without any electronics. Business trips with my company are often huge pendulums swinging between EXTREMELY ACTIVE INSANE and jaw numbingly boring. It’s those boring minutes where I will struggle.

I’ll be bringing some books with me from the library. Hopefully those will keep me occupied when things aren’t crazy at the job-site.

Dataless Day 16

A few years back I had a great idea. You know those Escape room games online? Imagine that in real life! It’d be a big hit as a team building exercise. Well son of a gun, somebody did it. And wouldn’t you know there’s one in Connecticut. On the 15th we were scheduled to check out an Adventure room in West Hartford (

The premise is simple, you and some friends are locked in a room and you have 60 minutes to figure out how to escape. You’ll have to wait until we return from our February without internet before getting a review, but of the events we planned this might be the one that I’m most excited about for February.

The website says that only about 30% succeed in escaping the room. We’d planned the event with Kelly and Jay, so we’ll see if the four of us have the wits to succeed. I’m very curious to see how the company executes the locked room scenario. Will there be a bathroom? Camera or in-room supervision? Do the puzzles rotate so you can try different rooms?

I’m so intrigued. You’ll have to come back in March for the full review.