“granula” Day 1: A Cup of My Fluids by MetaWorldPeace 6

Not an actual thing

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I go outside to check out the grounds Day 0: Check-in, Orientation, Start of the Retreat by MetaWorldPeace 19

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Counting Day 3: SFFLTRT by MetaWorldPeace 2

The homesick day-counting game that I discovered at summer camp and perfected at the 1997 Maccabi Games in Pittsburgh. It goes like this: “I’ve spent 2.5 days so far, so just three more of those chunks. But if you coun’t the orientation and maybe the ride up (at a slight discount but still part of the overall captivity experience), it’s more like 3 days, but the denominator will increase as well so…” Every single way you can count to ten, I did it.

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I decide to break the writing rule and start taking notes on paper towel. Day 3: SFFLTRT by MetaWorldPeace 2

After 8 days this turned into about 15000 words, my very own Spandau Diaries (Albert Speer’s prison memoirs, written over 20 years on squares of toilet paper)

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(I wonder whether I’ll have corpse visions of longer duration later in the week..) Day 2: Travolta's Daughter by MetaWorldPeace 5

(licks lips)

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Dream enhancing vitamins Day 1: A Cup of My Fluids by MetaWorldPeace 6

Zinc Magnesium Aspertate

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I sign up for a post lunch interview with Bob Cannon as per his instructions during our phone call. Day 1: A Cup of My Fluids by MetaWorldPeace 6

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Mainly it’s just a bunch of scattered, random thoughts Day 1: A Cup of My Fluids by MetaWorldPeace 6

Close your eyes and try to focus on your breath for a full minute without wandering. You will find it more difficult than eating 7 saltines.

The pattern for me for the first couple sessions was something like:

Breath, breath Denard Robinson, Rich Rodriguez job security, I hope rich remembers to dvr both games, how am I going to avoid spoilers on the last day, will Lauren be upset if I go straight to Rich’s to watch two football games before seeing her. Breath, breath, am I doing this right, breath, breath, my back hurts (sit up straight!), is it good or bad that my back is cracking so much when I straighten, breath, breath, open my eyes a little and see that everyone else seems perfectly still and calm (especially goat boy, who never moves an inch and I hate him), pain, pain, I should have been more adamant with Rich that I wanted both games DVR’d, breath, what am I going to tell people about this (I bet I’ll say something like “utterly transformative”), are you kidding me an hour’s not over, breath, breath, pain, okay this is long enough, breath, I’m really fidgeting and opening my eyes too much, breath

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Mukunda’s gong Day 1: A Cup of My Fluids by MetaWorldPeace 6

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He tells us he’s already volunteered to wake himself up, sans alarm clock, at 3:45 AM every day so he can be the guy to bang the gong to wake everyone else up at 4. Day 0: Check-in, Orientation, Start of the Retreat by MetaWorldPeace 19

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