I think it's because TRB is a whole other world...almost removed from Real Life. Sailing through the Caribbean with great people, listening to amazing music and (usually) enjoying beautiful weather. Cell phones are off. Email isn't beckoning. No work to get up for. It's wonderful.
This week is one of those weeks. Today is a major work deadline and I'm taking my one break today to write this. I've put my headphones on and I'm listening to a bunch of recordings from this last Rock Boat. You can hear the energy and happiness in the crowd. It's nothing like being there, but it's something to help this day go a little better.
I also changed my work wallpaper so that when I turn on my computer every morning, I can't help but start the day with a smile.
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