Plays in traffic
Join Date: May 2006
Location: Rochester, NY
Bikes: 1996 Litespeed Classic, 2006 Trek Portland, 2013 Ribble Winter/Audax
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Originally Posted by cranky old dude
I also need to forget about all the extended bicycling tours I was going to participate in during the next ten years.
With three daughters just starting out in three different parts of the country, my two weeks vacation from my anticipated new employer won't stretch very far.
I was thinking about this today. I get 32 HOURS of vacation/sick time a year. I make it stretch three ways
- My schedule. I have a four-day work week with three-day weekends. I can do a lot in three days every week.
- Combine with holidays. Monday holiday weeks are pure gold. I get the paid holiday, and only have to use three days vacation to get 10 days off.
- Budget ahead and take non-paid time off. We get paid bi-weekly, 26 checks a year. My household budget is based on two paychecks a month, or 24 a year. Twice a year I get an extra one. (This year March and August.) After subtracting grocery and pocket money for those two weeks, I set the rest aside to "pay" myself for unpaid leave.
We're allowed to carry over half our hours. I've been carrying over 16 for several years now, waiting to use them on my next big trip.
An example of getting the most out of a three-day weekend:
I work until 7pm on Thursday. If I'm already packed, I can get home, have dinner, and catch the train to Chicago at 11pm. It arrives Friday mid-morning. I have nearly the whole day Friday, all day Saturday and most of Sunday in Chicago. The train home leaves at 9:30pm. It arrives back in R-Town at 10AM on Monday. I have to be to work at 1:30 Monday afternoon. I could never do that driving, but by sleeping overnight on the train, it's quite an easy trip.
Last edited by tsl; 02-01-12 at 07:11 PM.