Living in the Future I

One of my favorite quotes comes from William Gibson …

The future is already here — it’s just not very evenly distributed.

At an early age I developed an appreciation for those who can describe the plausible future. This evolved into a collection of epiphanies every time I’ve realized that I’m actually living in it. I’m sitting on my deck, a patio heater taking the edge off of the cool morning air, listening to birds and traffic while I type a note on a device about a quarter of a inch thick that’s connected to billions of people around the planet. When I graduated from high school I’m confident that no one had that option available to them and few were imagining it. It’s pretty weird if you think about it, yet my kids take it for granted (as I do most of the time) and my grandkids have never seen a different world.

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My Blog

I’m entering into the world of blogging and this is my first (well, sort of first) post.  I’m two days into my 2013 sabbatical and this is one of the things that I wanted to do during this time.

I fully expect that not everyone will care about the things that I post here.  That’s for you to decide.  I will work on making it as easy as I can for you to find the content that you’re interested it.  As a blanket policy though, the reason I do a blog is to get feedback. Please post your thoughts and opinions and don’t just lurk.

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2013 Sabbatical

Here’s the plan.  I’m taking two months off from work; August and September.  As I’ve mentioned to others for quite awhile I’ve been the poster child for why sabbaticals are a good idea.  I’m not likely to convince HP to actually institute a sabbatical program so, since the stars seem to be in relative alignment (there’s never a good time), I’m just giving myself one.

Last spring I gave my boss a heads up.  He’s grumpy, but OK with it.  That’s way better than having him be thrilled about me being gone, so it’s OK with me, too.  During that time I’ll be spending one week in Mexico with my daughter and her boyfriend and four weeks based in Oxford, England. The Mexico vacation was already in the works.  The two months off were wrapped around it later.  I’ll be spending the remainder of the time doing projects around the house or just enjoying the area where I live.

Putting it together has been interesting.  Generally, it’s covered by four weeks of vacation and four weeks of time off without pay. Airfare and lodging were paid last spring and my savings account and credit cards are still in reasonable shape, so funding doesn’t look too bad. Mexico is a timeshare, so the lodging there is just the annual maintenance fee. Airfare I paid cash for.  I might have done better there with a little more strategy, but keeping the flights coordinated reduces the flexibility a little.  I’m getting to England  on frequent flyer miles and staying in student housing in Oxford, so that’s not too bad.  There may have been ways to optimize it more, but this was a good balance between excessive research stress and just getting it done (thank you Melody for your help with this).

 

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