Before I begin the next episode of the Mr. Wrong column, which is on Vacation, topicwise, and simultaneously "on vacation," I want to remind all you Gentle Readers that this is a column. According to the Collins English Dictionary, which was the first thing I found on the Internet when I Googled "History of the word column" at it, a column is—in the number five (b) slot of meanings of the word "column"—supposed to be: 5. journalism a. any of two or more vertical sections of type on a printed page, esp on a newspaper page b. a regular article or feature in a paper: the fashion column [...]
For at least a few generations—or maybe for forever, actually, and this is a matter of some argument—we as a people or we as some of the people have at times been gripped by a fever for the End Times. What does seem newish about the last century is that no longer is The End of the World just for the religious. Though sure: The End is always nigh to someone's thinking! But, as the poet said, "plans can fall through, as so often they do." And at some point, one does get so tired of being stood up for this particular appointment. So to observe the end of [...]
"People who go on holiday for one week only get three days rest because it takes four days to switch off from the pressures of work, a study suggests."
Right now is my fave-rave time of the year, and if you have a job or even if you don't have a job I think you can get behind what I am Feeling right now and that is: Vacation.
"1921 Upon learning that President Calvin Coolidge had been out of Washington on vacation in Marion, Ohio, for a week, Dorothy Parker's less clever sister is reported to have remarked, 'How could they tell?'" —Since everyone is FREAKING OUT about Barack Obama going to Martha's Vineyard on vacation, here is a brief history of Presidential vacations. The best is that everyone's all upset about how ELITIST his vacation choices are. The dude grew up in HAWAII. And also, it's not like he owns a 1500-acre ranch in Texas? Also am I going to be the one to point out that Martha's Vineyard, much like Cape Cod, is pretty much [...]