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Five Things I Learned on Vacation

Be forewarned, this post won’t have anything to do with Whiskey or other adult beverages.

I recently returned from a quick family vacation to Williamsburg, VA. Part of the “historic” triangle. I don’t like to plan vacation down to the minute, but I do like to have a rough outline. For each day, I like to have an idea of what we will do in the morning, afternoon, and evening, and I always schedule nap-time! If you live in the mid-Atlantic states, Williamsburg is a great family destination. Between the many historic sights; the beautiful campus of the College of William and Mary; and the Busch Gardens and Water Country USA amusement parks, there is plenty to do for everyone. If you go, I highly recommend the 7-day bounce pass.

If you like to watch people, there is no better time than vacation to observe homo-sapiens in their natural environment. From a people watching perspective, I learned five things in four short days.

1) You’re not hot enough for that belly-button ring. Unless you are under 25 and with a waist-size to match, take out the ring. This is especially true if you have kids. Give it a rest already.

2) That tattoo that you think looks totally cool now will look nasty when you’re old with leathery, wrinkled skin. Do yourself a favor and stick to temporary tattoos. If its too late, think laser removal now.

3) They really like Chick-fil-a in the Williamsburg area. For some reason, we found ourselves frequently eating lunch at Chick-fil-a and the lines were really long at noon.

4) The Griffon is an amazing roller-coaster. Instead of a long train, there are three rows of seats with ten seats in each row. They take you up nearly 200 feet, dangle you over the edge for a few seconds before you plunge straight down into a loop-de-loop. Amazing!

5) You can no longer tour the former Anheuser-Busch brewery adjacent to Busch Gardens. Bummer.

6) If I was a kid again, I might try to get a job at the Water Country USA theme park. There were kids from all over the world working there. Our locker attendant was from South-Central Russia, and nearly every nationality could be found there. I’m sure the pay is low, but its got to be cool to meet so many people from all over the world.

Anyway, that was six, rather than 5 lessons from vacation. I also learned that on a Sunday night, it was possible to buy beer in Virginia at a supermarket up until 10:00 in the evening. The wife wanted some Blue Moon and luckily for her, I was able to find some at the last minute.


1 reply »

  1. ROK!

    Welcome back to the “booze dancing”! Regarding your post…

    #1 & #2 – It’s like you crawled inside my head and started taking notes. I couldn’t agree more! Have you looked into investing in Laser Removal Clinics? This could be a booming business in the next 10 to 20 years.

    #3 – They do make a mean chicken sandwich. And the fries, coleslaw, milkshakes, etc. aren’t too bad either.

    #4 – Sounds awesome!

    #5 – Flying Fish tour in the Fall? Pics and a blog post potential.

    #6 – It definitely would have been a fun job when we were in high school/college. The money may suck, but at least you get to have some fun.



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