Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Vacation Time

I'm told by my coworkers that, over the last several months, I've become much more cantankerous. I'm more argumentative, more aggressive and much more sarcastic than usual. Part of me wonders if the ghost of the grumpy old mathematician who occupied my desk before me hasn't somehow imbued me with his sardonicism. More likely, I'm burned out. I've been working my usual 9-to-5 nerd job along with teaching a class two nights a week. When you add to that a number of social pressures that I'm enduring, you've got a formula for a man who's about to get tipped off his rocker. Moreover, I'm convinced that my recent mega-brainfart was a result of being over-worked and stressed out. After all, stress can impair the function of the hippocampus, which is crucial for the acquisition of new information, such as names, facts, passwords and appointment times.

It's time for a break. It's time to get away. It's time to get a little crazy with family and friends. The kiddo and I are hopping a flight tomorrow. I'm going to let my problems sit out of sight and ferment for a few days while I concentrate on having a little fun. I'm going to leave the work to the monkeys with the full confidence that they can manage until I get back. I'm ready to get away for a while.

At the very least, it'll be cool to watch TV in a different time zone for a few days.

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