Thursday, March 19, 2009

Spring Break (but definitely not MTV-style!)

Since I work for a college, I still have a "Spring Break" week. In the days of my misspent youth, this meant a girlfriend and I jumped in one of our cars at 10 p.m. on the first day of vacation, drove 14 1/2 hours south, (stopping only to refuel with unleaded gas, Skittles, and Diet Coke), and crashed (not literally) at my Great Aunt's house in Vero Beach, Florida. There we would spend a blissful week lying by the pool, trekking to the beach, and cheering at minor-league VB Dodgers games.

It happens to be my Spring Break week right now. I'm at home, very far north of Florida, and the weather is currently damp, chilly, and windy, as usual in March. Tragically, there are no palm trees, salty ocean breezes, warm sandy beaches, or baseball players in my town. Instead, I have a to-do list as long as my arm, which I am clearly avoiding with every ounce of my concentration at the moment. So, to continue not accomplishing anything, I'd like to share a few places I'd rather be right now in my Fantasy Spring Break scenario...

1. Hawaii: volcanoes, lush tropical scenery, pineapples...(just say "no" to grass skirts, though)
2. Australia: isn't it still summer there? kangaroos and koalas!
3. (Southern) California: as long as it's not mudslide, earthquake, or wildfire season
4. St.-somewhere (sorry, Mr. Buffett): sensing an "island theme" yet?

Sigh. Back to reality: I'll just sit here in my fleece, drinking hot tea, daydreaming warm thoughts...maybe surfing travel websites...

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