Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Chiner vacations

Most people don't go anywhere on vacation. If the world's population was represented by the people that work in my office it would go something like this:

Scrimp and save vacation days.

If you do take a vacation day, in no way whatsoever should you go anywhere. Just stay in the Springs and waste it on mundane chores, appointments, and to-do lists.

If you must go somewhere, you may only visit your family or extended family. This said family must live in mundane and boring states like Nebraska or Montana. Upon taking this type of vacation, you should at least get food poisioning from eating your great-aunt's jell-o salad, or take really dumb pictures so you can tell everyone about your boring vacation life.

In no way whatsoever should you:
a. lump all vacation days together
b. take more than your alloted vacation days in the form of unpaid vacation
c. Go somewhere cool
d. Go out of the country (because anywhere besides the U.S. is really scary *note the sarcasm*)

And of course I did all of the above and the general consensus of my co-workers was to freak out!

I got alot of "What!??! Where are you going? How long are you going to be gone? How much vacation do you have? Are you independently wealthy?" And of course the one I hate the most "Ah, I live vicariously through you!"

My response to most of this was "Yes, I'm a trust fund baby and I just work here to make my dad happy" And the funny thing was most people actually believed me.

The phrase "I live vicariously through you!" just plain creeps me out. Seriously, go and do something instead of just sitting at home watching TV and playing with your cats.

So I left for China for 3 weeks. I didn't think about work once. I got attacked by monkeys, lost (which happens alot to me), and a super sweet tan.

I took 8 flights, 3 train rides, 2 bus rides, numerous taxis and subways all in the matter of 21 days. And I loved it!

So if you are saving vacation days so you can run errands, please don't. Go somewhere fun!


Doug said...

Truer words have never been spoken. Right now, people are squawking at work because they have unused vacation days that have to be used before the end of the year. People are booking off a day here and there, and really not planning to do anything at all. I know some people are financially strapped, but man, a good vacation somewhere different can do anybody a world of good. And it doesn't even have to be a good vacation, just somewhere different and out of your comfort zone. Not only do you learn a lot about another place, but you also learn a lot about yourself and how you're able to adapt and handle stressful situations.

I want a vacation. Can I live vicariously through you, just until I have vacation days built up?

Megs said...

oh man alive chickita! good call! ahhaha..

so peace corps say what?