Vacations on the Cheap

After our Vacation Economic School report Wednesday, a number of readers suggested that while my analysis of most cost-effective ways to vacation (paying full retail) was pretty good, a number shared ways to really vacation on the cheap.  So, since this is summertime (or will be in two weeks, officially, but everyone starts the “vacation season” at Memorial Day), I thought we could run down a number of ways to “vacation” while penny-pinching.  After all, why work is there’s no carrot out there?  First, however, we’ll look at our scandal sheet and see what spiked the punch bowl on Wall St. and  make a call to our Water Department in our never-ending quest for trends that matter behind the headlines…

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V.E.S. (and it deals with Vacations…)

June 5, 2013 — Take a drive  through almost any city in America at this time of the year and you’ll see signs  up in many neighborhoods proclaiming VBS!  It’s usually accompanied by fine  print for us heathens to remember it means something other than Visual Basic  Scripting.  Most times, it means Vacation Bible School, but if you were to see  such a sign in a certain part of Redmond, WA, if could just be someone with my  odd sense of humor.  “What’s this VES stuff, Ure?”  Indeed:  Vacation Economics  School…wherein we provide some cost comparisons between different vacation  modalities.  After a Danish, a splash of Mrs. Olson’s (if double Daning can be  forgiven), after a look at just crossing headlines, you’ll read Brother Ure’s  preach on the Gospel of More Time Off.  In Excel see us, daily, et cetera.

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The Nature of the Invention

June 1, 2013 — I’m sure that by now you’ve memorized my Seven Major Systems of Life (food, shelter, communications, transportation, energy, finance, and  environment) and you know that I have al least a passing acquaintance with  teoriya resheniya izobretatelskikh zadatch (TRIZ),  the Russian science of invention.  This morning we toss items in the blender to  come up with what may be the first in a series of Peoplenomics Notes: 20-Years  Out in which we will consider present trends, resource and economic realities  and try to project what that world will look like for the kids when 20-years  from now shows up on the alarm clock one of these mornings.  So…I’m pleased to  share a draft Provisional Patent Application for a new kind of Housing which I  expect will be here in 20-years, or less.  But, before we tickle the brain  cells, a few headlines to wash away the fog of Friday night…and the winds of  Oklahoma…

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