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If you search for Sanjay Kumar on the Internet, you'll find he's either a former CEO of Computer Associates (now doing 12 years in prison for accounting fraud), a solider, or a wrestler. I assure you, none of these people are me! I've been in broadcasting for a couple of decades and have had a few names (radio people often have more than one name). So, for most of my career, I've been Ted Asregadoo (my real name), Ted E. (groan), and now Sanjay Kumar. I am Asian Indian, but was born and have lived my entire life in North America -- with most of that time in the Bay Area. In my radio career, I've been a DJ, traffic reporter, news writer, and news anchor. I also worked in promotions, marketing, and social media for a group of radio stations for a few years. The good thing about having all those jobs is that it has made me a very versatile radio talent (a good thing to have these days as the business has really changed). Anyway, that's the skinny about me. If you're a big Twitter user, you can follow my musings, retweets, and conversations about music.
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September 10th. About 100 days from vacation. Oh no, here I go again.
This is the time of the year when many of us make plans for our upcoming Winter vacations. The holidays will be here soon, and the good airfares won't be around long, so you have to decide what you're doing for the holidays right about now. And every year, it's a hellish dilemma; family time vs leisure time. If only there was MORE time....
This is for those of you who have family far away. Of course you want to see them over the holidyas, spend Christmas with them (for those of you of that faith), see your loved ones, open a few packages by the tree, make some more good memories to store away in your nostalgia album. I don't know how those of you with two families to see manage to do it, splitting your time "fairly" between the relatives on both sides every year. That must cause a lot of arguments and cause hard feelings. "But we saw YOUR folks last Christmas, so we have to see MY folks this year!" is probably the start of many heated discussions that are far removed from the peace & serenity of a Silent Night.
Actually, I think those of you with familes of your own have it made. You can always just say the kids are sick are something, and you're off the hook. You have a good excuse to get out of having to make the trek across the country and fight the airport crowds at the most miserable time of the year to be in airports. And of course your familes will understand if you say you have your own traditions now with your own family, and cannot make the trip to Des Moines or Miami or Newark or wherever your folks live. So if you choose, you can take your vacation time and spend the whole thing in Hawaii.
But for us singles....there is no excuse. We have to be there. It is expected, and we want to be there of course. But here's the problem: when you only have one week off for your vacation, and you try to work in 2 or 3 days "back home with the folks," it leaves how much for your VACATION? Not much. Figure in the travel time, and you've got no time left to go somehwhere fun & unwind. Time spent in airports & airplanes---which can literally eat up half your vacation---is not time you are on vacation. It is excruciating time you are traveiing to go on vacation when you eventually get somewhere. Your visions of spending a week on the beach in the Bahamas, or a week hiking in the Alps, or a week doing an Irish pub crawl, just can't happen in a week that includes any sort of meaningful time seeing your family far away.
And that's sad. Because after working hard for months, you need a break. You need your own me-time as they say. And you still want to do your duty as a nice son or daughter and pay your repsects to the rest of the extended family, catch up. But you can't just drop in for a night and rush out the next day. After all, your dear sweet loved ones hardly ever get to see you these days. You want to give them more time, as much as you can. But that leaves no time left for a "real vacation" for you...and at the end of your week off, you find yourself going back to work feeling exhausted, deprived, and sad that once again you did NOT really go on vacation. Then it's a long half year before you get another week, if you're lucky, and then....the same thing happens all over again. Your dream vacations just never seem to happen because you just don't have enough time to bring them to life.
This can be solved with a couple more weeks vacation. Are you listening, bosses of America? I saw a chart the other day showing how many vacation days the western world gets, country by country, and guess which one was near the bottom of the list? As in, having the fewest days off every year. You guessed it, US. We lag behind our developed-world counterparts by a full week or two. Some---most in Europe---get a whopping 20 to 25 days paid vacation time off evefry year, PLUS 5 to 10 holidays. That is a lot of time off. They can take lots of fun vacation trips, not having to squish family visits into the same 7-day period as an actual trip somewhere to go relax & unwind or explore & invigorate. Here in the USA, we are working ourselves to death.
True, none of those other countries are world powers, not in the bloated & glorious way we are. We take as little time off as we can, and as a result us workaholics get to be in charge of this planet. Don't believe me? Turn on the news.
Here is what I suggest. We should all get a little more time off, and hand off the reins to planet earth to somebody else for 3 or 4 weeks a year if we have to. The quality of life issue is important, and we have lost sight of that in our work-obsessed, power hungry culture. I am not worried that we'll slip down the to level of a slouchy country like (flll in the blank), that is just not in out nature. I'm not worried that. But what I am worried about is this; too many of our loved ones don't get to see us as much as they'd like, and it is breaking their hearts. And too many of us are dying too young.
The answer: a little more time away from the cell phones & the laptops & Tweeting & watching tv, and another week or two of vacation time, so we can get away form our desks and cubicles and go have a little more fun. That would be nice. At some point, you're too old to go on those big fun trips. It's just a shame that so many of us only get to take them in our dreams, after we fall asleep from exhaustion. So that's my plan for America: 1 or 2 more weeks vacation time for full time workers, so we can actually be free to do more of the things we love. The economy will survive. It may even do a little better with an energized, better rested, happier workforce.
I'll see the folks for the holidays again this year, spend 3 nights on the couch. Travel time eats up almost a day each way, so if I want to go to my favortite place to actually have a vacation & unwind....almost another day of travel each way...that will be a nice half-day relaxing on vacation. Then back to the airport, and back to work. On lunch hour now & then, I may find myself sneaking a look at Expedia for a moment or two, planning a dream vacation. Someday....