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Thursday, December 14, 2017

Vacations: Then and Now

Posted By on Thu, Dec 14, 2017 at 12:48 PM

Swamped this week (translation: getting no writing done) as we get ready for a Christmas getaway. Where years ago one simply packed a bag and up-and-left, whether it was by plane or car. These days I never go on a trip without yet another of my trusty OCD lists.

Over the years I’ve gotten pretty good at the list thing; nothing sucks more than to be in some far locale, and realize, “Wow! I left my diabetes medicine at home!”

It is isn’t just medication, though my wife and I, while not senior citizens - that occurs sometime in your 80s, I think - though that is a big part of the list process. High blood pressure? Check. Diabetes? Check. Anti-seizure? Check.

But there are also a myriad of other items to go through before one leaves the house.

Put a hold on the mail and newspaper delivery.

Turn off the power to all the electronics in the house.

Pack my C-Pap machine.

Pay all the utility bills, so we don’t come back to a house with no lights or water. I’m pretty sure Tracy would be pretty pissed at me if I let that detail slip through my fingers.

Give the house a good cleaning so that when we return in 2018, it will be, like, well, coming home to a clean house. Change all the trash, whether cans are full or not.

Pack cameras. We are, going through Alabama, after all, and I want to take some pictures of political billboards.

Pack the computer drive with my manuscript on.

Take CDs for trip. We’ve gone hundreds of miles through areas before where the only music on the radio is, well, enough to give you nightmares for days.

Charge up the cell phone I hardly ever use. Books to read, cuz there’s nothing like sitting out on the porch with a cup of coffee and a book in the wee small hours of the morning, before Tracy wakes up.

And a whole bunch of stuff too boring to list today. But as I said, it was so much easier in the Olden Days.

Two days to go till we are out of here. We can relax, I can work on my book and not think about this small invader growing on my liver until 2018. Life is good.

I’ll write more when we have arrived.

******

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The second day of a diet is always easier than the first. By the second day you’re off it. - Jackie Gleason

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