Tuesday, September 22, 2009
I’m on vacation this week and next! Woo hoo! I’m spending the first few days here in New York, but tomorrow I’ll be on a plane back to Florida, so I can spend more time with the family. I’ve been down there quite a bit recently -- but that’s because I have an unusually large amount of vacation time this year, due to our company furloughs, and a complete lack of anywhere else to go. (Dave can’t travel because he’s in the middle of the fall band crunch -- so wherever I go, it’s just me!)
Fortunately I actually like my family. Most of the time.
I do have a weekend trip to Washington D.C. scheduled for mid-October, so that will give me a fun excursion. And of course I just came back from my convention in Montreal, which really seemed like a vacation, so I can’t complain!
I went to Williamsburg, Brooklyn, yesterday and found some interesting graffiti to keep me occupied in the afternoon.
Then last night I watched “Red Dawn,” which somehow I’d never seen, even though it’s supposedly a cultural touchstone for people from my generation, with all its Reagan-era paranoia about communists. The image of Russian paratroopers descending on a Colorado high school (and shooting the teacher) is so laughable that I can’t quite get past it. All the actors look so young -- Charlie Sheen, Patrick Swayze, Lea Thompson. “Red Dawn” came out in 1984, the year I graduated from high school. I guess that really was a long time ago...
(Photo: Midtown Manhattan, Sept. 2009)