Monday, June 30, 2008

#416 Vacation

#416 Vacation

Why do they call them that? It's just different work. Forget the nonsense about re-charging the batteries, refreshing body and mind, seeing new parts of the world.

Tried a flight from anywhere to anywhere else lately? Not only have the prices gone higher than the aircraft, you're lucky if you get a seat, even with a confirmed reservation. Security check when you're flying from Farmingdale, NY to Washington? Sure. Lot of terrorists in Farmingdale, and where else would they fly. If they were going to do something in New York, they'd drive. Or take the LIRR.

So, security checks, shoeless and all, from Farmingdale to Washington. At least the lines are shorter than they would be for, say, New York to Los Angeles.

Have the seats gotten smaller or is it just increased bulk in the passenger middle. Charge to check a bag? Why not charge to carry a bag on board. That's much more complicated. The airlines would have to figure out how to lose or damage carry-ons they never touch.

How about a nice quiet vacation at home, instead of flying hither or yon. After all, there are wonders in your back yard. Beautiful views half a mile away. Good restaurants.

Sounds very relaxing.

Also, put aside a day to hang some of the curtains you foolishly bought the other month. Oh, and the curtain rods.

Checklist: Pencil, level, drill, correct bit, hardware for the rods, and a measuring tape and a ladder.

One day will be enough, right?

Then, there are those pictures to hang and frame. Probably won't get to that the same day as the curtains. But that won't take nearly as long.

Grocery shopping.

How many guitars and banjos need new strings?

Maybe we should look for some fall clothing. After all, it's the beginning of summer -- so the stores will soon be full of fall stuff.

And there's the toilet in the downstairs bathroom, needs attention. As does the kitchen sink. And the front sidewalk needs some work. At least a re-painting if not a whole new bunch of concrete. And maybe we should trim back some of the plants and replace some of the wilting flowers. And steam-clean the ceramic floors in four different rooms.

Yep. Relax, re-charge the batteries. Refresh body and mind.


Tell me again why they call these things vacations?




Shrapnel:

--Let's play sports trivia! No. Wait. That's redundant.

--The New York Jets football team is thinking about legalized ticket scalping. You buy a season "license" (formerly known as a season ticket,) and, if you want, you can sell it at a profit -- legally. Of course, the Jets being the Jets, you're just as likely to re-sell it at a loss.

---When there's sold-out basketball or hockey at the Garden, there are always guys outside hawking tickets. There are always guys outside looking to buy tickets. Why don't they just get together?




I'm Wes Richards. My opinions are my own, but you're welcome to them.(R)
(C)WJR 2008

1 comment:

John said...

Oh heck, I thought perhaps you'd gone off to a bluegrass festival. Well, all that other stuff can wait, except for the new strings.