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Edward Thermals
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Edward Thermals   9/21/2011 12:38:44 PM
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If you want to un-plug and take a short vacation from work assignments, AND, keep the brain stimulated, try taking some flight lessons. Even if you don’t think you will ever get a pilot’s license, taking a few lessons will find a new way to spark an outside interest. When some colleagues returned from a short week with the family at the beach, and said they did not get enough relaxing time while on vacation, I suggested this for the next “short” vacation. The lesson lasts an hour, and follow-up research lasts months. Why not, this is what a colleague did for me, and now I find a way to spend an hour every month. Don't forget, we can justify any hobby...

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old account Frank Eory   9/14/2011 9:47:49 PM
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On past family trips, we have done the Kennedy Space Center thing and the Greenfield Village/Henry Ford Museum thing (it's Greenfield, not Deerfield Village Brian, tsk tsk...). At the time you posted this story, I was on a very non-engineering vacation, just my wife and I, in an island paradise. But as we were hiking through the very wet, rain-forest side of the island, I started noticing and commenting to my wife about the very low-tech and very effective way in which irrigation ditches were used to distribute water to the drier parts of the island. I got one of those looks that seemed to say "can't you ever just turn off the engineering part of your brain?" I guess not...

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prabhakar_deosthali   9/13/2011 7:15:42 AM
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While on a business trip to Milan, I got a day's vacation because the appointments on that day got cancelled. Luckily I was booked to stay at a lakeside hotel on the outskirts of Milan , in a small sleepy town called Belgirate. That whole day I spent on a bench at the lakeside at the base of ALPS, the sun was soothing and I had a John Grisham's novel to read. That one day looked like a long leisure vacation to me and by the time it was time to take a taxi for the airport, I was fully rejuvenated to take on the busy work schedule back in the office I believe every travelling business person should keep a day off during his/her business tours to enjoy such leisure

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Brian Fuller2   9/13/2011 12:49:58 AM
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Wow. That's a great story! You can come camping with me any time!

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WKetel   9/9/2011 1:57:55 AM
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For a fun change of pace, I did go camping over this Labor Day weekend. The fun part started when a fellow camper found that the drain system on her mini-motorhome had been knocked off en-route to the camping. She did get a quote for repair from a local outfit: 3 days to fix it and they had no idea what the cost would be. I thought that the task would be interesting and volunteered to do it. She purchased the materials that were obviously missing and the job took me about 3 hours, and her cost was about $37. She was quite happy, and I got to work with some materials that I had not used before, so I learned a bit. What a great get-away.

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Engineer John   9/7/2011 4:41:40 PM
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I like to build or repair something, get my hands dirty, get closer to the physics of the real world.

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Brian Fuller2   9/7/2011 4:31:32 PM
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Boby, we'll allow NI Week! Especially the morning demos, which are the most amazing, eye-popping things I've ever seen in this industry. Really fun stuff. Good example!

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boby   9/7/2011 1:03:01 PM
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Does NI-Week last month count as a vacation? Experience cool new things during the day and entertainment in the evenings. Not a family trip but when the company sends you, the price is right :-).

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jvrravindra   9/7/2011 11:03:11 AM
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Normally at the manager level, I do not get the vacation. As someone said, I love to truck on mountains, fishing etc... of course no cell phones and internet not allowed

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Duane Benson   9/6/2011 11:19:07 PM
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Maker Fair in the Bay area followed by a trip to the Computer Museum in San Jose. I've been going to the Embedded Systems Conference at the convention cent just down the street from the museum for a number of years but have never managed to find time when I was off duty and the museum was open.

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