Wednesday, October 26, 2011

#61 - Weathering Vacation

You work hard. In the corporate world there is no such thing as a 40 hour work week.  Hasn't been for years now.  Gone are the days of  Leave-It-To-Beaver and his dad coming home (sometimes walking!)when it is still daylight outside and sitting down in his suit and tie with the fam for a nice dinner.  So, because you work hard all year long, you also want to vacation well.  Vacation.  That period of time (usually a stinkin' 1-2 weeks) that you wait for all year.  You save for it.  You spend hours looking for the best deals in plane tickets for it.  You watch for sales on suntan lotion and sunblock with an spf of 500 for the kids.  You start packing suitcases weeks ahead of time because you can only do a little at a time, as you are still putting in those non leave-it-to-beaver hours at your job. All you can find for plane tickets is a stopover flight. Well, that's not so bad, after all, who really cares, you will be on vacation, and vacation time seems to be different than work time.  Doesn't matter if people are rude when you are on vacation, you just smile (what you are thinking is another story).  Doesn't matter if your flight is delayed (you just have a few more drinks while waiting).  Nothing carries the same weight when you are on vacation.  Life is good.  You get to your destination: the warm, sunny beaches of Mexico; the never-ending flow of Miami Vices (if you've never had one, you are in for a treat); the friendly smiling resort workers at your beck and call.  Enter into this idyllic scene: a hurricane!  And suddenly, you're thinking of those throw away ponchos they were selling at Target for $3.99! Doesn't seem fair, does it? But then again, who said this life would be?!?!

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