Gimme a Break

WIGSF recently took a trip to New York City and spent some time having an honest to goodness vacation.

That’s something I haven’t done in … oh, I don’t know. Maybe ever. My wife and I have taken some long weekends and things, but nothing which would qualify as a “vacation” pure and true. Before that, the only “vacations” I took were trips back to see my folks in Cali with my first wife, and believe you me, that ain’t no vacation. Holidays … God, don’t get me started.

Anyway, in thinking about WIGSF’s trip, I wondered where I’d go if I could go somewhere as a legit vacation. And the truth is, I have no idea. I really don’t. It’s been so long since I’ve had a vacation (beside just bumming around the house with a week or so off) I don’t know if I’d have any clue what it should look like. I know some folks like to go someplace far away from home – but I don’t like traveling abroad (I know, I know, Puerto Rico doesn’t count technically, but it was close enough) and I’m happy enough to stay in the lower 48 that places like Mexico and Hawaii hold no appeal whatsoever. I don’t like the hassle of flying anymore, especially with children, so I’d want to get there by driving. But with limited time to reach a destination and enjoy it, that may not work out too well.

In the end, I don’t have to worry about it, most likely. I don’t have a job and even if I did, it would likely be a contractual one with a limited duration and they don’t have vacations in them. Even if I had a job with a vacation benefit, I can’t earn enough to save for a vacation anyway. So the idea’s sort of … foreign to me.

What about all of you? What do you like to do and go for vacation? If you’ve not had one in a while, what would you do if you could?

Sound off, y’all!


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16 thoughts on “Gimme a Break

  1. You should come to Canada. You should drive to Toronto. We have an amusement park in “Canada’s Wonderland”. We have a lot of different museums and places to see. And you know people in the area.

    I can’t get across the border. I don’t have a passport and getting one is a LOT harder (for my circumstances) than it seems. But if I get all that in order, I’ll be sure to consider it. What’s the best time of year to come calling? 🙂

    • Not to poop on Bob’s idea, I just don’t think it’s a good idea. The kids would like Canada’s Wonderland but there is probably a Six Flags or something closer to you that’s a heckuva lot better than Canada’s Wonderland. As for museums, having just seen the museums in NYC, our museums are a joke.

      HAHAHA! Awesome. Well, I’ve been to museums in Chicago and San Francisco, and I’ve gotten something out of them all. I can be open minded. 🙂 As for amusement parks — I hate ’em. We live about a quarter of a mile from a Six Flags right now and have never been there. (They’re expensive, too. That’s the worst thing, but they’re only open in summer, and it’s outdoors, so there’s that whole sweat/heat/melting thing to deal with.)

      From what I’ve heard from people who’ve been to Chicago and Toronto, they are very similar cities. So, would it really be a vacation. “Wow, just like home, except the money is more colourful.”

      Hehehe. I think yours is worth more, too, now.

      And Toronto is expensive.

      Oh, Chicago’s not cheap, bud. Worst tax rate in the COUNTRY, my wife keeps saying. So it wouldn’t be so bad, I bet.

      I don’t know what the rules are like in Illinois, but in Ontario, right now, the strippers are allowed to take off all their clothes. Don’t know if that’s a selling point for you, but it is for some.

      Might not be a family-friendly thing, but … you know. I like boobies.

  2. Again, as you know, I did Manhattan. I’m not a big city guy. I’m a suburban guy. So for me, just hanging around a big city can be a vacation. I don’t like warm climates, I don’t like the beach. So, unlike many of my fellow countrymen, I opted against Mexico/Cuba/Dominican Republic. Places like that, although you can leave the resort, it really isn’t recommended. I do like the cold though, but I don’t ski. Cold vacation spots are usually skiing-based. Aspen, Whistler, Banff, etc. Other than skiing, there isn’t much to do in those places. That’s kinda why I settled on Manhattan. It provided me with all the things I wanted to do while on a vacation. I could see some museums, I could sleep (sleeping is a big thing for me), I could eat in all kinds of different restaurants. I could go shopping. I could just walk around the city and do some modern exploring. And that’s basically what I did.

    You made it seem pretty fun, I’ll give you that. I don’t know if I’d do Manhattan — hate big cities — but I thought you handled it well and wrote well about it.

    As for my next vacation, I’m trying not to think too much about it as I’ve only been back for a few days and I don’t want to start pining already. I have been offered to go with my mother, sister and brother to Las Vegas next month, but I don’t think I can: a) afford to go away again this soon; b) leave work again so soon especially with my boss also taking a vacation at the same time; c) find something to do that I would like to do in Las Vegas, I’m no gambler and I’d poke both my eyes out before seeing Cirque de Soleil, which I know my mother and sister will want to see and my brother will probably have to go along with them.

    Vegas … ah, the food! If you love eating, dude, you’re gonna LOVE Vegas. As for what to do … well, last time I was there I was 17, and all I could do was stare at the girls in the casinos and go to Circus Circus, which was the biggest danged video arcade I’d ever seen. Awesome buffet, though. 😉

    • WIGSF, your boss is going on a vacation at the same time? I am thinking with your whole family and your boss going on vacation at the same time, the true vacation would be having some peace and quiet at home.

      But speaking about Vegas, I think you would like it. I have never been but from what I have heard about it you would like it. Boobs are available everywhere, the food is amazing and the french circus thing, they have shows with boobs too!

      • Am I supposed to go boob-hunting with my mother and sister in tow? I think not. And yes, I will appreciate having the whole family gone at the same time. The weekend after Easter, party at my place.

        • I wasn’t saying you should go boob-hunting with them, I was saying you should go to Vegas at some point. I want to go at some point and I would like you to be one of the guys coming with me. But if you aren’t interested then forget it.

          Remind me of the date for the party and I will send invites out to single women.

  3. I’m with you, have no idea what it would be like to take an actual vacation with, like, sightseeing and relaxing and stuff.

    Guess we can add it to the list of things to do before we die, eh? 🙂

  4. We are coming to the lower 48 at the end of the month to visit family and friends. There is a point in life when that IS what “vacationing” is about – no getting around it.

    I have been on a handful of trips over the course of my adult life and the majority within that last couple of years. I enjoy simple getaways. People around here (northern Alberta) go hot for vacations every winter – Mexico, Cuba or Hawaii. I hate air travel. It is uncomfortable, intrusive and too cattle-car ala Nazi for me. I would rather drive – meander and stay here and there. Little towns, new towns are awesome vacations.

    Yeah, that’s me too. I love the speed of air travel and nothing else about it, especially post-9/11. And with my family situation there’s no more requirement for the standard vacation, but with my work situation what it’s been for the last decade, there’s no money for any sort of vacation either. 🙂

  5. When I was growing up, we never went on a vacation. Well, there was that weekend at the beach–coldest weekend of the year. And I did go to the mountains of West Virginia with my step-mother. We stayed with her sister who had an outhouse and a bucket under the bed if you didn’t want to walk that far. So, like I said, I never took a vacation. Or went to camp. I thought that something people did in movies but not in real life.

    It’s been sort of like that for me, and any time there was a “vacation” it was pretty un-relaxing.

    I still don’t understand vacations. To me, it is a vacation if I don’t have to go to work.

    Ah, how we shrink our dreams to fit in the window of our lives, ne?

    Besides, I grew up in Florida down the road from Disney. People came to us for their vacations and we played host. And theme parks aren’t a vacation as far as I’m concerned.

    Me either. I love Diz, really, but when is the park NOT a crowded mess and over-priced?

    My husband finally got me to take a vacation in 2003 (I was 3 months pregnant!). We went to London. That was awesome. Well, this past January we went to Florida to visit family. Everyone thinks that’s a vacation because it is Florida, but it wasn’t a vacation to me.

    Going home never is, is it? London, eh? Not me, nuh-uh. I saw this show on Discovery once about the worst food — cases of food poisoning, mold-covered food, chemical burns from toilet seats, e. coli, etc. — and of the cases they documented, 90% or more were from England. YIKES! (That’s just me though. I can’t imagine sitting on a plane for that long, either. Until they build a literal bridge to Europe, I’m out.)

    • Well, all I can say is that we found this fantastic restaurant and had a splendid time. I’d go back in a heartbeat. Call me flawed, but I’m a sucker for England. Too much Narnia and Winnie-the-Pooh as a child maybe?

      Maybe. To each their own, as the saying goes. Me, I’m still madly in love with my good ol’ USA, but then, a lot of folks KNOW I’m flawed. 🙂

      Besides, after spending two years in the Peace Corps where the toilet was a hole in the floor, that stuff just doesn’t cause me much grief.

      Perspective is everything, I guess. 🙂

  6. I’ll take a vacation anywhere there’s a beach. I love California because there’s so much to do, but I’m in Virginia, so getting there isn’t always easy. The last vacation we went on was to Duck down in the Carolinas and it was fun. Unfortunately the people we were with, were NOT.

    I guess it’s all perspective. I grew up in Cali (NoCal) and you know what? I didn’t find any more to do there than anywhere else. I think we all need visitors to remind us how fun the places we live can be sometimes. 🙂

  7. I’m land locked so a vacation near a beach is always nice…that or actually going up into the mountains. Quite an amazing place the creator setup for us. 🙂

    Yep. Now if He’d just give us the money to ENJOY it. 😉

  8. Come to Nova Scotia! It’s beautiful here, very quiet, lots to do and see and you’re surrounded by the ocean!

    How wrong can you go with that?! 🙂

    We went for vacation a couple summers ago in the middle of nowhere off the coast of the Northumberland Strait in a small community called North Port. We spent almost two weeks at the family cottage, just us, and the dog. It over looked the ocean, it was out half an hour from the hustle and bustle of town, we went for walks on the beach, ventured a swim here and there when we could over look the freezing ocean waters. We went treasure hunting for star fish, and hermits, and crabs, and shells. We went golfing on the beach when the tide was out, and only turning around to play a round of golf back to the cottage when we noticed the tide was coming back in. We lounged around the cottage and played Yahtzee, and Rummy for hours, we took naps in the afternoon, checked out the local shops in the near buy town, walked the streets and look everything in. Went for breakfast and lunch a couple times at some of the local restaurants there, played Ladder Golf, and horse shoes, and sat around on the deck watching the sun rise and the sun set. We BBQ’d every night just for the sake of doing so, and bought local beef from the farm up the road… and I assure you, it was the best damn prime rib steak I’d ever had in my life. We went and checked out the fishing boats, and I even chased a seagull with a broken wing in hopes that I could help him (I fail, he got away). We chatted with the neighboring cottages about the weather and where we were from. We did nothing, even though it sounds like plenty, but it was slow, and lazy, and relaxing, and most importantly, when we felt like it.

    That. sounds. freaking. AWESOME!!!

    If I could take vacation again, and go and do whatever I wanted, I’d go back packing across Canada. Just grab a change or two of clothes, a toothbrush, a pen, a notebook, and my camera, and I’d be set.

    Honestly, my favourite kinds of trips/excursions are “stay-cations”, so to speak. When I graduated high school, my friends and I would travel the province, and travel like we were tourists. Any sign that said open, or shop we saw – we stopped, and checked it out. Matt and I do the same, when we have the weekends off, we like to jump in the car and go, and see where we end up. Home can be pretty amazing and magnificent if you look at it as an adventure. People always say “Nova Scotia is so boring”, but they couldn’t be more wrong. I love traveling around home, every time we venture out, we see and learn something new, and these trips don’t have to cost much, in warmer weather, bring a tent, and travel around, and stop at the first camp site along the way before dark. This is how my friends and I used to travel. Matt and I invested in one of those Coleman 5 day coolers, our ice was still solid and didn’t actually start melting until the 6th day, we were amazed.

    Vacations, simply, are what you make it, and where you make it.

    I guess; but that cottage thing sounds really hard to beat, IMO. 😉

  9. I’ve thought about taking the Alaskan cruise, but don’t know if they’ll allow Sandy to go. So, no Sandy no Alaskan cruise. Personally I don’t do much when ever I take some vacation time. Last year I stayed at home with Sandy and I read alot. (exciting life huh!) About 4 years ago I drove to Vacaville, Ca. and visited my brother. We didn’t have any contact for over 26 years and really didn’t know if each other was even alive. Anyway just kind of a ‘fluke’ got us in contact and I went and visited for about 5 or 6 days. Now that was great! Probably the best thing I’ve ever done. He is the only blood relative I have that I know of, so that was kind of cool.

    Sounds like an awesome story is in there somewhere, Steve. 🙂

    Sorry to ramble on. Have a great weekend!

    Thanks! You too!

  10. I like to stay close to home. I don’t like to board the dogs so I prefer vacations where they can come too. If I did take a real get-outa-Dodge vacation I would like to go to New Orleans or Prague.

    I assume you mean Prague the original, not Prague, OK? 😉 Myself, I can be pretty happy right around home most of the time. Every once in a while I like looking at different walls, but I’m really not a “go out and do something” guy. 🙂

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