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NaBloPoMo November 2012 Prompt
Monday, November 19, 2012:

If you had to get locked in some place (book store, amusement park, etc) overnight alone, where would you choose to be locked in?

This whole question bothers me, for several reasons.

First off, I don’t like being locked in anywhere. Sure, I lock the doors of my house like crazy… but I have the control over whether or not I get to unlock them! The idea of being locked in to any place makes me feel claustrophobic and panicky.

Also, overnight? I’m not as young as I used to be, you know! The idea of staying up all night just makes me tired.

Even if I suspend my aversion for the purpose of this post, I can’t think of anywhere I’d actually enjoy being alone for hours on end.

A book store?

While I love books, and book stores, and being surrounded by books, the only way I would want to be locked up in a book store overnight is if I could somehow achieve the magical ability to absorb (and retain) the contents of every book on the shelf within the time allotted. (Wouldn’t that be great?!) The reality, though, is that I might get through one, maybe two, of the precious volumes. And I could do that at home!

An amusement park?

In order for an amusement park to be fun, it requires other people to fuel the experience – to operate the rides, to spin the cotton candy, to run the games. And even if by some magic the rides/candy/games were able to function without human input, I can’t imagine having much fun without someone to share the experience. Really, magically-operated rides/candy/games or not, being alone in an amusement park seems like a rather dull prospect to me.

A spa? A restaurant? A theatre?

See above re. people required to fuel the experience! (Am I being too literal?)

A department store?

Only if I had a friend with me. And either oodles of money or shoplifting amnesty.

I’m running out of options here… so I guess I’d better hope I am never faced with the ordeal of having to answer this question in real life!

How about you? Where would you choose, and why?

Laurel Storey, CZT – Certified Zentangle Teacher. Writer, reader, tangler, iPhoneographer, cat herder, learner of French and Italian, crocheter, needle felter, on-and-off politics junkie, 80s music trivia freak, ongoing work in progress.

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  • Lorinda J. Taylor November 19, 2012

    I agree with you! No being locked in alone anywhere for me! I think the only thing I would take out of that experience would be PTSD!
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  • Sylvia Vander Schee November 19, 2012

    I love this blog every single time I read it. I too have a fear of being trapped anywhere, but in the spirit of the game, I’d have to say Neiman Marcus. I’d have the chance to try on every pair of shoes, every handbag, jewelry, etc. Possibly sample some chocolates. By morning I’d have a selection of things picked out, in case there was a compensation prize for being locked up. And hopefully I’d have time for a nice nap on a designer chaise.

    • Laurel Regan
      November 21, 2012

      Thank you so much, Sylvia! I like your way of spending the night – sounds like making the very best of a bad situation!
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  • Barbara Storey
    November 21, 2012

    Aside from the scary part about being locked in anywhere, yes, I’d have to choose book store. One with a lounge, preferably – there might not be tea or coffee, but the comfortable chairs would help. 🙂 And I could browse, read, or make notes of books I wanted to read, all interrupted!
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