Vacation Summary

Our annual vacation was a success. Of course it was, how could it not be? We had a cottage at the lake for an entire week, two kids (5 and 3) to rip-snort around and liven things up, and family together, to boot.


This week truly did not suck.

It was not, however, without its hurdles.

The weather, for example, was inclement for a few of the days. Torrential rains assaulted our good times, and cooler temperatures too. It should be noted that I was fine with this, but many equate cottage at the beach with warmer, nicer weather. I’d have been fine if it snowed, honestly, but no one else ever agrees with me. Anyway, it was also very foggy on the beach, for several of the days, which was also considered by some to be less than optimal.

I have been going to this beach since before I was born, and none of us could remember more than about once that it was closed for any reason. This year, E. Coli bacteria counts were too high in the water, so swimming was off-limits. All week. Tell THAT to your 5 and 3 year olds!


‘Signs, signs, everywhere are signs…’

There was also (apparently) an infestation of Canada geese, though we never saw more than a few.


Aw dammit, they did look hungry for a burger…

We never heard an air horn, either.


They coulda just played Maiden. That woulda rocked.

But we soldiered on, visiting the local museum (for the dinosaur exhibit!!), toy and book stores, having campfires (with marshmallows), riding the train, and taking the kids down to the beach to jump in the gigantic puddles that lay everywhere. They had a BLAST doing that and got absolutely, gleefully filthy doing it, too. A good time can be had no matter what the circumstances. It’s actually a great lesson in successful parenting (or for life in general, actually), being able to survive a week not doing what you’re actually there to do, and still having fun while you’re at it.

On an unrelated note, this year I declared a Star Wars marathon. To be held nightly, after the kids went to bed. I suggested a game plan of episodes IV, V and VI, and then I, II and III. People seemed into it, though let it be noted that I was the only one who actually watched the entirety of all 6 parts, through the week. Everyone else got bored, pissed off at Jar Jar Binks, or went to bed, or passed out from the wine. There was one night of mutiny, wherein Footloose and Shaun Of The Dead were watched in my absence. I am the only Star Wars marathon survivor. It was worth it, overall.

I also enjoyed being unplugged from the interwubs for the week. Well, mostly. I did have my cell phone with me, and I sent a few texts. But I wasn’t in my emails, nor was I on this blog all week. I didn’t even have my iPod with me, though I did have my cheap jogging MP3 player with me, loaded as it currently is with old school hip hop. A guy’s gotta go for a run (though I draw the line at 3 km these days) and so I wasn’t totally without tunes. Anyway, being (mostly) unplugged felt… freeing. I liked it. My head got a chance to be clear of many things and it was really refreshing.

On our last day at the cottage, the swim ban was lifted and we bravely went in. We had to. It wouldn’t be a week at the cottage without a swim in our small part of the world’s largest collection of (apparently) fresh water.


If I horribly shit and barf myself to death in the next few days thanks to E Coli poisoning, tell the coroner this is all the proof they need.

And all too soon it was over. We’ve all returned to our regular lives, all the stuff is unpacked and laundry is… well, laundry is still on-going. It’ll be a while before we see the end of all of that. But it was an excellent time despite the hurdles. Fuck you, hurdles.

And what does any of this have to do with music? After all, this is a music site and the content here is specifically aimed at such. Well, sharp-eyed KMA readers will recall last year’s post upon our return from the same cottage, and they’ll recall an almost identical picture.


That’s all the music-related content I figure you need, for this vacation. Besides, you got Johnny Cash all week, you lucky bastards.

Looking forward to next year’s cottage stay!


Posted on August 24, 2014, in posts by aaron and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.

  1. Sounds like you, et al. had a great time!


    • You know, it really was nice to have everybody together, and being at the beach never sucks. I’d call it a success! Our son notices it most, though – he’s always been a real family person. He’s at his absolute happiest when all of his people are together.


  2. Awesome recap! Loved the pics as well and kudos with the nod to the original air raid siren Bruce Dickinson!

    Liked by 1 person

    • Thanks Deke! I had fun collecting a couple of shots that might go well in my summary post. Funny, now we mention it, I guess I was thinking about the blog while I was on vacation after all…


  3. A Star Wars marathon!? Awesome dude. I haven’t done that in such a long time. I’m getting excited (curse this metal body) about the new ones, and I’ve seen some photos that blew me away. Getting in the mood again!


    • Yeah it was awesome. I even have the sets of IV-VI that include the old originals and the updated versions on separate discs. Of course, we watched the originals.

      I don’t know how excited I am about the new stuff, but I’m game to watch it. And I enjoyed I-III much more this time, far better than I recall my first impression of them.


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