The Zone (of Danger)

Kenny Loggins had a hit song “Danger Zone” for the movie soundtrack from Top Gun.

The 1986 song inspired me to drive the wrong way down a one-way street with a car full of friends and the radio at maximum volume. (Hey! I was only going one-way!)

It further encouraged me to race at speeds well above the legal limit each time it was played.

Good thing those days are past me now. These days I plod along wherever I go. Half the time, I’m in the daydreaming zone. Thoughts travel much faster than traffic and my destination appears in due time. No hurry.

My mind plays like an audio book of past, present, or future blog posts. Compositions form from random streams of thought and await capture at the keyboard. The jumbled mess of words take shape from incoherent babble as they spar for attention in an unending bout of verbal judo. Sometimes there is no winner.

Tell us about your favorite way to get lost in a simple activity — running, chopping vegetables, folding laundry, whatever. What’s it like when you’re in “the zone”?

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