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May 06, 2008

Vacation Working

Donald Pittenger writes:

Dear Blowhards --

Do you pack some work or even semi-work along when you go on vacation?

I do, and I'm not sure why. That's because I almost never actually work on the work stuff I bring. Which is silly, because all I'm doing is dragging around an increment of needless weight.

My "work" can take several forms. For instance, I usually bring some sketchbooks and possible reference material for planning paintings. Other times I'm likely to toss in a book that I think I Really Ought To Read. And for our 7-17 May trip to the Midwest (by the way, thanks for the travel tips, readers), I copied a book project file from my desktop computer to my laptop in the far-fetched hope that I might do a little writing or editing.

Why don't I follow through on my intentions? I can't rule out laziness. Or to put it another way, Laziness Rules!! Besides that, travel is a busy time that's also costly. Given the investment, it seems foolish to hole up in a motel room and do stuff that can more easily be done at home; so why not actually sightsee and experience such exotic places as Springfield, Illinois and Dayton, Ohio. Moreover, travel can get tiring when one is in his geezerhood. That boils down to being too ground down to do much more than indulge in light reading in the evening.

That's my sad story. Are any of you realistic enough to know that work and vacations don't mix and therefore leave work stuff at home? Or are you a stalwart who actually manages blending work and vacationing?

As a parting shot, I really, truly, positively plan to blog while on this trip provided I don't have computer or other trouble. Honest.

[Uncrosses fingers]



posted by Donald at May 6, 2008


I'm about to fly off for a vacation in the Philippines, and I'm debating whether to take work with me.

My blues band wants me to design a logo. I seldom do freehand illustration, so that means dragging along a laptop.

Can't decide.

Internet cafes in the Philippines rent time, but their computers are probably not equipped with the software that I need, particularly Illustrator and Photoshop.

I want to blog, and to do that I need to be able to crop pictures and convert them to .gifs.

Will make the decision at the last minute.

Posted by: Shouting Thomas on May 6, 2008 8:55 PM

Actually, I've been trying to figure out how to take my work with me for some time. And I think I've got it all worked out. I'll be experimenting with various microphones, portable hard drives, etc. to see which ones work best, but essentially taking my work with me will be a pleasure. It will also allow me to take longer vacations than I normally would, say up to a month at a time. So in my case, taking my work along will be a big plus.

Posted by: Charlton Griffin on May 7, 2008 9:40 AM

Well, with me, laziness rules whenever possible. But on vacations specifically? Yeah, I'm about as unproductive as a human can be -- and I love it. I guess I torment myself a little about it for a few microseconds here and there -- really oughta be doing something. But then it passes, like a sneeze. I do find though that I can often get through a book I want to read while on vacation. Vacation's a good time for book-reading generally because you get long stretches -- time isn't as chopped-up as it is usually. Looking forward to your bulletins from the road.

Posted by: Michael Blowhard on May 7, 2008 11:06 AM

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