This week

>> Monday, September 01, 2008

A lazy Labor Day, sort of the first day of my vacation. State employees have the day off, but I'm actually taking the whole week off. Not to really go anywhere or do anything, but because I realized about a month-and-a-half ago, maybe, that I was going to murderize someone if I didn't take some time off. You zip through the halls of the courthouse, caroming from one courtroom to another and never coming to rest, and seeing bad behavior from just about everybody, even yourself, and you reach a point where spending one more minute in the place will make your head explode.

So, I'm off today. And off to a slow start. I make big plans for my idle-time vacations--I rarely do go anywhere when I take time off--I imagine I'm going to get some quality writing done and take care of all the little bits of business that have piled up. And then I end up sleeping late and watching some DVDs and not getting anything done that I meant to at all. I did pay some bills today, but that really was just depressing. It had to be done, and I guess it counts as productive, but you know how it goes. Your bank account looks so fat and flush at the beginning of the process and then when you're done, you're worrying about grocery bills and gasoline for the rest of the month.

Well, everyone has something along those lines to bitch about, don't they?

Tomorrow I'm taking the VW in to get the airbag fixed. I got a recall notice in the mail, saying there was some kind of issue with the airbag ignition system or something, I don't know. In some ways it seems sort of ludicrous, the airbag in a ragtop, sort of a "fall will probably kill ya'" kind of deal: I mean, it's a wee little car with at most a wee-piece of cloth over my head, it's hard to imagine the airbag doing that much good, y'know? Not that I really care that much, everybody's gotta die sometime. But it just kind of seems obligatory to get the airbag fixed since VW is insisting on it, so why the hell not? Carolina VW has a nice waiting area and wireless, and it's an excuse to get up at a reasonable time Tuesday morning.

And then Wednesday, if the weather holds and gas prices don't shoot up with the storm in the Gulf, I'd like to drive up to Boone for lunch, just because I haven't made a real roadtrip in the convertible, and like a friend said just the other week, the Beetle was made for roadtrips. Take the camera up, spend the day, drive down. Try to keep it on the cheap. I went to college in Boone, up at Appalachian State University. These days, I can hardly find my way around the place. Six years ago, maybe, I was up there for a conference and I tried to take a shortcut I knew, only to discover it was gone. And the town's changed even more since then, I know. They've been adding buildings to the campus, and Wal-Mart invaded the town something like eight years ago and really squashed the town's vibe. Anyway, it'd be fun to drive up there; maybe, if I'm lucky, the drugstore diner downtown will still be open.

So there's that, and then the week will be half over. Will there be time to write, time to mess with the camera? One of the things I possibly miss the most about childhood, to my endless amazement, is boredom. When I was a kid, I could get bored before a vacation was half over. Now, it's tickticktickticktick, it's like the intro credits to 60 Minutes or something. The time is gone before you knew you had it. Fffft--it's gone.

And that's my week. Anyone else taking any time, have any plans?


John the Scientist Monday, September 1, 2008 at 9:20:00 PM EDT  

How's your Beetle? I got one for the wife the first year they came out, which also happened to be the first year I got a real, non-shit-paying science job.

I broke my rule of not buying a car the first year they come out (pounded into my head by parents who bought a Dodge Charger the first year they came out), and I regretted it. Got rid of it a few years ago, and have not looked back from my Volvo.

Have they improved quality any? The recall notice is a not-so-nice blast from the past.

Eric Monday, September 1, 2008 at 9:42:00 PM EDT  

The Beetle is awesome, just unbelievably awesome. Mine is a 2004 that I purchased used earlier this year (April).

The only problem I had was with a power window, but it was covered under the extended warranty I'd paid extra for from Carmax. Pretty minor.

My tune might change in a year's time, but at the present I think I may be driving convertible Beetles for the rest of my life or as long as they make them. The engine just purrs, the ride is comfortable as hell, and with the top down--well, this is the reason I'm hoping to drive up to the mountains in the middle of the week even with gas prices remaining as extravagant as they are. So, yeah, no big problems yet and a real joy to drive so far.

Jeri Monday, September 1, 2008 at 11:29:00 PM EDT  

My sister was drooling over a triple-white special edition today - so I think she may soon be joining you in convertible bug ownership land. (She has the Pumpkin, but it pretty much requires an escort car with a parts trailer.)

I only had today off, but your plans for your week off made me very, very jealous. I have lots of vacation built up, if I have a slow project phase later this fall, and I think I will. I may do something similar and NOT let the family "honey-do" it away from me. I'm very tired...

Ilya Tuesday, September 2, 2008 at 6:42:00 AM EDT  

I'm done with my entire holiday allowance for the year, meaning not a single day off until Christmas. Yeah, I know, I hardly qualify for sympathy in that regard, but I am still bummed about it...

Matt Warnock Tuesday, September 2, 2008 at 9:02:00 AM EDT  

Stuck at work this week with a big project and 5 days until deadline. Going camping with Logan (his first time, and really only my second) this weekend.

Hope you have a good vacation.

kimby Tuesday, September 2, 2008 at 10:23:00 AM EDT  

I start school this week, so no get-a-way plans for me :(

My first car ( not that i have ever really owned a car,but it was the car of my teenaged years) was a '66 bug. My dad worked for VW, and we only ever had VW cars....I miss them. If i was to ever drive again, that would be the car for me!

MWT Tuesday, September 2, 2008 at 6:11:00 PM EDT  

I have an uncle that only has VW cars. Last time I visited it was great fun riding around in the bus.

Where I work, the holiday days are set up so that there's this gigantic unbroken line of workdays between mid-January and early July. They do it so we can have 10 days in a row off at Christmastime. Which is nice, but it sure sucks during that first half of the year.

I spent the weekend writing for Labor Day Novel. Not as an official entrant, mostly to keep company with another writer who is trying to launch a fulltime career. There were three of us typing away together this weekend. I got in 7685 words. It was great fun. :)

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