Just got back from my annual week in Cape May (the Jersey shore), and though it was a good vacation, it wasn’t a great one.
Weather – it rained four of the six full days I was there, so I only got in one full beach day, plus the half days of my arrival and departure. Yesterday it was sunny, but only in the low 70s – not beach weather for a reptile like myself. Score: 2
Company – this is the same group I’ve vacationed with every year since '96, so we know going into it that we’re all pretty congenial (though one of the women gets on my nerves). We were all stuck together in the house quite a bit more than usual – see above – so… 7.5
Entertainment – an okay stack of books, mostly mysteries and other light reading. (BTW – why can I read Dean Koontz but not Stephen King?). Didn’t read anything that knocked me out (as compared to, say, last year, when I read both Middlesex and The Crimson Petal and the White whilst on vacation). I should have given more thought to the non-library books I took along (I was so not in the mood to read anything with footnotes), and I definitely should have given a lot more thought to the CDs I took. Score: 6.5
Activities – only played miniature golf once (my choice). They had a Baby Parade yesterday that was pretty freakin’ surreal. My ankle was bothering me so I didn’t walk as much as usual. Did go out and did one-on-one time with my sister, which was fun. Score: 5
Unintrusiveness of real life – only one phone call from work, but it was from the most irritating of my underlings, and it was a computer problem that I couldn’t diagnose over the phone, so he had to do something a backwards funky way – which he could have done without calling me if he weren’t a total idiot. (IOW, once we defaulted to funky backwards way, I had to talk him through that as well.) Let’s put it this way – there have been many years when there have been zero phone calls from work. Score: 1
Mental and spiritual renewal – slept a lot, including daily naps. The last six months or so, I’ve had a lot going on – work stuff, as always, but also a broken ankle, financial preoccupations, and some fairly intense soap opera stuff in my personal life – so just vegging was important. I did find myself thinking about some of the above, but managed to change mental channels, usually. Saw a really pretty rainbow one night right before a beautiful sunset. Score: 9.
Average score: 5.1666… Blah. I don’t really expect a 10, but I was hoping for something a little better than solidly average.
So – how was your vacation? If you don’t care for my scoring categories, feel free to make up your own…