Monday, July 31, 2006

Vacations Anyone?

This question isn't for Wil - Living in Paradise, everyday gets to be your vacation ;).

A driver this weekend said that there were fewer rides around these days (DC usually goes on vacation in August), and had been for a couple of weeks. So I asked him if he was going on vacation and he said, "oh no!" That he didn't take vacations, kept working.

So how about the other drivers - ever take vacations when the city population is lower for whatever reason?


At 6:54 PM, Blogger wil said...

This question isn't for Wil - Living in Paradise, everyday gets to be your vacation ;).

I actually do take a vacation every 3 to 4 years and go back to see my kids & grandkids in California. Usually take them on a loooong road trip.

What can I say? I love to drive and a chance to drive without turning back on myself is a treat. Lets face it. Its an island. How far can I go?

At 7:50 PM, Blogger LaPopessa said...

Reminds me of when I stayed in Juneau for a bit. No roads in or out of the city, there actually is a road going out of town that just ends. Not too far to go there either. Bit of a colder vacation than Hawaii, though.

At 9:08 PM, Blogger london_cabby said...

I try and get away for one or two weeks every year. Being part Spanish I always go to Spain and will be going there on September 9th for a week.

At 4:20 AM, Blogger CharterJames said...

Never been a "vacationer" in the usual sense. All the years I did the stiff job I spent much of my vacation time working on my paintings. My wife supported me in this and would take the kids away on her own. There would be a summer trip though, around Labor day each year, back to my parents in Canada, to retrieve my offspring from their summertime residence with the grandparents.

When I lost my membership to cubical land I was too ashamed to face my relatives and have done no traveling since.

Since driving cab I have learned that I cannot drive endless stints of 6 shift weeks. I must take a week off every four at least. Or maybe a part week. I have so far spent much of the time on my latest art hobby, raytracing. Well, after a day or two of vegetable time, simply recovering.

Lately I have started mixing 6 shift weeks with 3-4 shift weeks, and use the time to develop course materials for teaching taxi courses and defensive driving courses. So there has been little "get away" time in the larger sense.

At 10:13 AM, Blogger Crabbie said...

Like charterjames, I find myself working intensively and then working sparsely. It's a pretty cyclical thing: my absolutely favorite part about this job is that I work as often and hard as I choose to - I don't even need to call in if I wake up and don't feel like going to work.

I'm not working again until a week from last night for example, taking a road trip out to Montana so that I can indulge one of my hobbies. I'll be spending a couple weeks up in Seattle in September for hobby-related stuff and a noise music festival, visiting my aunt in France in the spring, probably make it down to Memphis and maybe Dallas in the spring as well...

So um, yeah, now that I think about it I'm very much on the "take a vacation" side of things.

It should be noted that this is a luxury that comes with making a respectable income but not having a family to support or any significant financial responsibilites outside of a pretty cheap rent and typical bills. Though now that I think about it, many of the cab drivers I work with seem to take a big two or three week vacation out of the country at least once a year, or go on tour with their bands, etc.


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