I’m on Spring Break with the family. Vacations are always a bit of an act of faith that the increased productivity of a rested brain will outweigh the pile of work that builds up over the course of your time off. I tend to be reluctant to take a lot of time off for that purpose, but almost always when I do, I end up on the positive side of the ledger.
And, more importantly, spending time with the family. Much gets made over quality time, but quantity time is important. A lot of bonding takes place over the course of a million minor interactions you’d never schedule for but which are crucial nonetheless.
This year, we’re once again paying tribute to the Florida theme parks; Universal versus last year’s Disney. I’m a bigger fan of Universal, turns out. The organization is a little more haphazard and the employees a little rougher around the edges; but the themes of Universal – Harry Potter, Marvel Comics, etc. – are more appealing to me.
We got down here by driving again. For me, the best way to travel is to drive through the night. I know that’s not for everyone; but, podcasts have revolutionized the game. Whereas in years past the graveyard hours were characterized by a struggle to stay awake during the frequent commercial breaks on AM radio – during the Art Bell show if I was lucky; now, I can just load up on Nerdist podcasts and Dan Carlin’s Hardcore history: stuff that engages me with no commercial breaks. Suddenly, once the family has dozed off, we’re 600 miles down the road before the sun comes up. Leave at 4 p.m., arrive in Kissimme at 10 a.m. with a couple of meal stops in between.
The weather was a little rainy on Saturday and Sunday, but since then, bright and sunny. Beach day at St. Pete today.
Anyway, talk about your own family vacation adventures/nightmares or, open thread!