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Response to Upthevibe (Original post)

Wed Jun 27, 2018, 10:02 PM

9. I once worked for the US Office of a French company.

I started with three weeks vacation, and added a day each year I worked there.

I worked there almost 9 years.

I used to accumulate about 50,000 - 60,000 frequent flyer miles per year.

My oldest son, when he was a toddler, used to sit in a baby car seat in First Class, and didn't fly coach until he was 5 or 6.


But you know, I paid for it in many ways, I paid for it. The job was very stressful. Sometimes I was gone from home for weeks at a time. I had all this pressure, all the time. One time I was in scrubs taking my kid into surgery and I was on the damned cell phone talking with some guys in France.

My current boss knows I'm working all the time. When I want a couple of days off, I just send him an email.

I'm never really "off" off though. I have had to have conference calls, or take calls from work when I'm off though.

I can't say I really take "vacations" any more. Usually when I take a day off, it's for some logistical thing for my kids. Between Christmas and New Year's, I might work a day or two, but I really don't go anywhere, save a day trip with the wife and kids to a museum in New York or Philadelphia.

My wife works harder than I do and both my sons work incredibly hard, albeit in academics.

We are privileged though. We have something to do. One of the worst tortures used on people - it was a favorite of Stalin/Beria - is to put someone somewhere with nothing to do, no books, no talking, no media, no conversation.

In my case, I'm aware of running out of time on the planet. I want to do as much as I can before I die, when I'm formally working at my job, or when I'm working on my own projects.

Everything for me is leisure - exhausting leisure but leisure all the same - because I'm acutely aware of how wonderful it is to be alive.

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