There are a million ways to avoid work when you're self-employed. Actually, with the Internet factored in, more like a billion. In fact, the essential skill for self-employed work-at-home types is avoiding all those ways to avoid work. But, alas, sometimes, you succumb.
And so it is that I acquired a psychic.
It started out as a somewhat excusable diversion from writing, or polishing up the resume, or scouring job sites, or contacting contacts. I was perusing the Washington Post online. I can almost always rationalize reading the Washington Post online as a business-related activity. Many of my clients are in Washington. I need to keep up with what's happening. I need to toss around the latest political news and gossip as though I've been attending every modish Georgetown soiree (not that I ever attended a Georgetown soiree when I actually lived in D.C.).
Wandering off into the comics section is a bit less excusable. The Washington Post, alone among serious newspapers, has three pages of comics. The tie between politics and comedy is too obvious to belabor. Still. Some of those comic strips are quite topical. Almost required reading for the true Washingtonian.
Clicking on the horoscopes is almost definitely a step too far.