Monday, August 14, 2006

Type A on Holiday

I have never held summer holidays to be de rigueur. Rather, I can remember many a summer perched atop an empty East Village bar, sipping a warm Corona whilst the social scene of New York City flitted about in the Hamptons. And that is not meant to sound self pitying, rather holiday deprivation is quite a common condition in the U.S. With only 10 days average annual leave a year, it becomes very easy for Type A Personality people (which defines 99% of New Yorkers) to neurotically fester without so much as a long weekend away.

A key characteristic of Type A sufferers being they are simply rubbish at relaxing. We are unnerved when doing nothing for a period of time. You will rarely find us in a Yoga class, for instance. Excessive tranquility makes us anxious. Well that and, for me, the sight of men in bare feet. (But we have covered that previously).

And it is as a New Yorker in London that I have found myself in this competing construct with 25 days holiday a year to burn. Yes, that's right, to burn. To Type A's, any long period spent idle would be considered burnt not spent, because to spend something you must exert energy towards a defined aim. But burning, as such, requires minimal personal exertion and has an unpredictable result. Or, that's how we see it anyway.

Type A's hear of extended holidays and think that must be how the lazy half lives. Their indolence becomes raison d'être for our endurance. But no more, I have since long cast off those Type A chains. And with only one-third of my holiday allotment left, I have hardly held back.

So c'mon, unshackle yourself, and enjoy the best of what is left. Because even if you can't take two weeks out, you can certainly skive off early when the boss has. For the latest free (and decidedly trendy not touristy) London festival check out:

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Date: 7 – 27 August, Venue: Exhibition Road, SW3

For three weeks, the streets of South Kensington turn into a living, breathing art gallery. Guided walks, audiovisual portraits, mobile exhibitions and graphic installations take over the streets, galleries and museums in, around and beneath Exhibition Road.

Times: Daily, 10am – 5pm, Free

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Glad to have you back City Slicker. I have 17 days left to use and am a Type A.

2:32 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So funny reminds me of all Americans I know with their blackberrys and faxes on vacation. Now I can understand it. Glad you broke out in the UK

2:45 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

10 days that is unheard of. No wonder none of you lot have passports

3:22 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is that you in the picture City Slicker?

3:53 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is true that less than 10 percent of Yanks have a passport. I guess they have some excuse with little leave but still can take the piss.

4:31 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You have no idea what to do with 25 days' leave? I'll buy a week off you. What's your rate?

4:39 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How was your holiday City Slicker? Hope you had a good one. Very nice piece today. Enjoying the blog. Keep it up.

5:22 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Type A all the way I say. Great column CS.

7:18 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Makes me understand my NYC mates all the better. So thats how you all tick? Londoner Bill, E8

10:42 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great one. Laughed out loud City Slicker.

3:18 pm  
Blogger ems said...

How long are the school holidays in NY? I get about 65 days I think.

6:50 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Love this blog Slicker. Great design to site. C ya

11:52 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

went to this city slicker
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Blogger hungech said...

The word holiday derived from the notion of "Holy Day", and gradually evolved to its current form.

The word holiday comes from the Old English word hāligdæg. The word originally referred only to special religious days. In modern use, it means any special day of rest or relaxation, as opposed to normal days away from work or school.
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