Wednesday, August 24, 2005

Vacation time

Well, I'm finally using some vacation time: I'm taking the last week of September off. Should be a good time. One nice thing about working for a big company is that I can rent a car from Avis at a corporate rate for personal use, and not get charged extra for being a young'un. Where am I going with that rental car, you ask? Oh, places. Actually, I haven't really figured that all out yet. Most of my vacation is probably going to be spent at home anyway, but I might as well use the car while I've got it. I'm definitely going to go visit the Bloedel Reserve and commune with nature and stuff. I don't actually know what I'm going to do with all that time yet. I had few criteria for picking a time:
  • I'm tired, and I wanted to go on vacation soon.
  • I wanted to give a month's notice. The end of September is a month from now.
  • The leaves should be turning around then, which could potentially make for pretty pictures.

That's it. That was my whole decision path. As it turns out, there were a lot of other potential reasons I maybe could have gone with:
  • Family Guy Presents Stewie Griffin release date
  • Serenity release date
  • Begins right after my little brother's 21st birthday
  • Begins right after my favorite Washington resident's birthday
  • MS confidential Windows-related reason
  • et cetera

But, the best one? I might—might—get accepted into the Heroes of Might and Magic V closed beta and receive my testing copy around then. I'm all tingly just thinking about it.

Actually, all of those reasons are kind of pathetic when listed in bulleted list form. That's all I got going for me in that week? Don't laugh at my sad, sad life.


Anonymous said...

Who's your favorite washington resident?

Anonymous said...

yes, I must know as well. If we were still in Jr. High I'd assume, from the way you said it, that you were talking about a girl ... but since we're adults that would just be silly.

Travis said...

Da-da da-da-da-da, da-da Toys "R" Us kid... da-da...

Okay, so my terms used to describe friendships and relationships in general just SUCK. SELECT best friend FROM People WHERE State = 'WA'. I try to avoid using the phrase "best friend" because that sounds way more junior high to me than "favorite ____ resident." He's not my best friend in general; that's still Daniel in Bolivia.

How about "ceteris paribus, the person with whom I would most likely prefer spending leisure time?" That's different from "best friend" because "best friend" currently lives on another continent. Anyway, "favorite Washington resident" was the best concise phrase I could come up with in ten seconds that didn't imply that we were having sex fairly frequently.

It's Marc, the person with whom I play World of Warcraft and board games, which encompasses most of my leisure time.

Anonymous said...

I have to agree with your assessment of the suckitude of terms for relationships. Outside of familial relationships (parent, sibling, wife, etc), they are next to worthless; boyfriend/girlfriend being a possible exception to that rule.

... use of the quasi unique identifier "Marc" with context "the guy I play world of warcraft with" is an adequate specification of relationship, and should be used at all times.

Anonymous said...


the hirearchy of familial relationships in that example was not meant to make a statement as to the quality of the gene pool in Nebraska ... this isn't Arkansas you know.

Travis said...

That's right! Cousins only marry if they're hot.

Yeah, I probably should have used the first name. In general my policy is not to use first names on the blog unless I need them to distinguish between two people in the same post. But, harmless in this case.