Bitter Vacation Absence

Hand hurts…still going to work.

I was reading this article about a guy that works for Nintendo. He is the creator of Super Smash Bros., one of Nintendo’s most popular games. I don’t know if it mentioned how old he was, but this guy has an insane passion for working on this game. Basically it has been his life’s work and he has suffered for it.

He has multiple debilitating injuries because of it, such as tendonitis, (which back in the day, we called Nintendonitis), which he has so bad, that he had to get a special controller when playing the game because he hand and shoulder would give out after 10 minutes. Most people would find a certain time of the year to take a vacation after a big project was complete. He recently finished his game, but of course, has more to do with it.

Many people would find another trusted associate to help with the little things, so he could concentrate on the bigger ones. But this guy is so infested in his game that he won’t take any time off, won’t let others work on the details and won’t even take time to heal from injuries.

Vacation…yes please. Something new to complain about.

I can’t relate to this guy at all. Maybe it’s because I haven’t found my life’s work, but when it comes to doing work in life, I have very little ambition. I don’t fight through injuries, I don’t hesitate when someone else can help and I certainly don’t deny myself a vacation when I get a chance.

My problem is that I haven’t had a chance to take a vacation since 2015. It’s not that we don’t want to like the Nintendo guy, it’s that we’ve been in transition for 4 years. We’ve moved twice, been out of jobs three times, gone to school, my daughter will start her fourth school in the last 4 years next year and we bought a house once. Because of all these life events, we’ve either not had the time, or not had the money. We were planning a Disney Cruise when I lost my job in January, so the wait for vacation starts once again.

Great way to hypnotize me.

We are almost to the point where we might just sign up for the Publisher’s Clearinghouse sweepstakes, risking a metric ton of emails, just for the tiny risk that we might win the $7000 a week for life, just so we can go on a vacation. Heck, I might even start a Kickstarter at the risk of sounding like the biggest First World Problem tool, just so we can go on a vacation. My family looks at a visit to the Rec Center, or a trip to the mall as a vacation. That is how desperate they are getting.

It’s probably a good idea for me not to look at Instagram because all it does is make me bitter when I see all these kids going on their adventures across the earth, when they don’t even know the capital of their own state. They complain about having to go to Disney again. People complaining because it has been so long since they got a break two months ago.

I envy those people. I’m getting a little tired of complaining about stupid things like not having money and losing my keys, instead of the sand getting in my swim shorts or about the sunburn I get from laying around all day on the beach.

ARRRRRRGGGGGHHHHHHHH

Bitter Vacation Ben

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14 Comments on “Bitter Vacation Absence

  1. We had many lean years when there were no vacations. It sucks, I know. But we always tried to take little day trips to free scenic places and enjoyed what we could….

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  2. Sounds like you need a vacation. Have you considered calling in sick for a week, from your doctor’s office in Florida?

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    • Sounds like a plan. Except I’ve been to Florida and I’ve had quite enough of it. It was so hot and muggy there. Maybe we will just go to some mountain or something around here and consider it a vacation.

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  3. You lost your job? Oh no, that stinks! 😲 Well, you could always try going outside and um…doing stuff. Like play some frisbee or take a long family hike. A free vacation from the couch, anyway. 😉

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    • Yeah, but it is SOOO expensive there. Of course there are lots of jobs there because no one can afford to live there. I was in Seattle and it was expensive enough. Maybe if they had a cave for $500 a month we could live there.

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      • I hear there are still a few affordable places left to live in California, but they’re all somewhere in the middle, and their populations mainly consist of cows.

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      • Yeah, I’ve heard that about California. I’m guessing somewhere in the desert where all you have for neighbors is sagebrush. I would like to live somewhere near people, so I can complain about them.

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  4. I understand. I haven’t had a true vacation in over a decade. I hope you can find a way to get a vacation!

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