[LMB] OT: foreign vs. domestic vacations and media
aharo at erols.com
Mon Jun 28 15:06:54 BST 2010
On 6/27/2010 3:21 PM, Judy R. Johnson wrote:
> As for the vacations, WHO had European notions of vacation time, and
> it was lovely! So was Flexitime, in stark contrast to Swiss policy of
> discouraging working mothers by deliberately not synchronizing office
> and school hours. Really niggardly personnel standards in N. America,
> too, methinks (Puritan work-ethic holdover, perhaps? And Geneva
> originated Calvanism...hmmm). Notice that European governments are
> now talking about raising the retirement age -- 60 was controversially
> enforced in the UN Agencies -- as discarding an unaffordable luxury.
Even if you can take unpaid leave in the US, it is not often wise to do
so. Every time I have taken 3 or more weeks of vacation, I have come
back to multiple forest fires and civil unrest raging in the office.
Unless you are an interchangeable member of a state or corporate
bureaucracy, you are usually assigned tasks that are unique to you and
your area of expertise, and these cannot be handed off without severe
Americans take fewer vacations and work longer hours than many in other
countries do. We do this because this will enable us to pay the
mortgages on nice homes, save for retirement, and send our children to
good schools. We are not incurious, as the tens of thousands of hobbyist
and tour groups indicate. We are just kind of busy.
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