What I Learned On Summer Vacation

  1. People who are willing to be themselves are inspiring.  I’m lookin’ at you, proprietor of the Angermeyer Inn in the Galapagos.
  2. The office will get by without my brilliance if I go somewhere for a week without e-mail access and very little cell phone coverage.
  3. Blue footed boobies (The birds, people!  Geesh!) dive in packs of four in complete synchronicity.
  4. Never marry someone who likes a hard mattress and air conditioning if you like a soft mattress and the windows open.  It will lead to 15 years (and counting) of summer bickering.  Particularly when you don’t travel as much for work anymore. OK, still marry them if they’re really handsome.  I did.
  5. It is very important to wear the right shoes.  I’m no Carrie Bradford (actually, have very little tolerance for the Carrie Bradford’s of the world) but whether in 6 inches of mud or to a Board meeting . . .shoes matter.
  6. No matter how much you exercise, you won’t lose weight unless you eat better.
  7. It is more fun to hear your kids tell other people about your vacation than it is to tell about it yourself.  They sound like kids.  You sound like gloating.
  8. A great travel mate/co-worker/friend shares his/her snacks.
  9. A great leader knows when to take input, when to make a decision, and when to step back and follow.
  10. Take a vacation.  Work will be there in all its glory when you get back.

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