Friday, August 3, 2012

August 3: All Day To-Morrow, Vacation, Plans

"You'll want all day to-morrow, I suppose?" said Scrooge.

Of course, this little piece of dialogue is Scrooge's famous response to Bob Cratchit wanting Christmas day off from work.  It's  a classic Scrooge move, feeling abused by Bob's request for a vacation.  Christmas is a losing proposition for Scrooge.  He doesn't get any work out of his clerk, but he still has to pay Bob.  It seems mightily unfair to Scrooge.  If I didn't know any better, I'd swear Scrooge was a Republican.

Next week, I'm on vacation.  As with most of my vacations, I have already made a few plans.  On Monday, the praise band I play keyboard for is performing at a local church camp.  That's going to take all night long.  I'm supposed to go to a movie with a close friend, and I'm going to try to get my family together with an old college friend and his family.  I also want to clean out a corner of my dining room and maybe organize my attic a little bit.

I'm not sure if I'm the only person who does this kind of planning for a vacation.  I'm trying to be realistic.  I may not get to the attic.  I'm determined to get to the dining room corner, and I really want to go to a movie with my friend.  The only thing that's definite is Monday night's band performance.  I should also get an oil change for my car, which is always a scary experience.  The garage always finds something wrong that's incredibly expensive to fix.

Sometimes working is less stressful than being on vacation.  When I'm on vacation, which happens only twice a year, I feel obligated to squeeze in as much extracurricular activities as I can.  In doing so, I usually end up exhausted.  I go back to work not feeling rejuvenated or refreshed.  I go back to work needing a vacation from my vacation.

I know this vacation scheduling practice of mine is not healthy.  I tend to be a Type A personality, in case you haven't noticed.  I like having fun, but I have to fit it into my day.  Fun cannot screw up my normal activities.

Saint Marty needs some time off to plan his time off.

No room for surprises

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