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Murphy's Law: Taking Vacations

October 2, 2007
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Taking vacations in the summer is stressful, and sometimes downright near impossible. Whether it was a hot summer where you live, or simply a moderate one, chances are that you found it hard to leave the work at the office - assuming you were even able to get away for a few days.

According to William Blades, a professional speaker, consultant, and author, “More than ever before, Americans want more time off. The primary reason we are one of the world’s productivity leaders per worker is not due to robotics. It’s due to the high numbers of hours we work and the low number of vacation weeks we are allocated.”

I long for the vacation when I can leave my cell phone, Blackberry, laptop, and deadlines at the office.

Remember when you used to write the “What I did for summer vacation” paper on the first day back at school? Here’s how mine would sound for the summer of ’07:

I played golf four times, wrote five white papers for a magazine project, interviewed three contractors over the phone, and drank a lot of beer by my father-in-law’s pool in between the crackberry and phone calls. (Bless me Father, for I have sinned.) I also couldn’t get in the pool because I had a severe case of poison ivy the whole week.

That’s what I did for summer vacation. How about you?
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Taking vacation

October 4, 2007
No doubt about it. You have to get a life, sir.


October 4, 2007
My vacations come at small but highly effective bursts, after being a tech for 18 years and numerous military deployments I find, when all is stressed, I throw my leg over my Harley and go some where for the weekend. I can not hear my phones over the purr of the pipes and I find being alone with my thoughts helps them melt away and a clearer way of thinking reveals its self. It is like being gone for weeks with out an electronic leash. Batteries recharged and ready to go.

Murphy's Law: Taking Vacations

October 5, 2007
Joe, You're right! Jim's story about the Harley reminded me of the days when I used to straddle a rice-burner. Today, my mind-clearing episodes happen most often with a pair of Asics Gels strapped to my feet.



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