There is still time remaining for summer vacation, a time which all hard working Americans have been planning and looking forward to all year. Until they remember that it required them to leave the house.
A recent Associated Press poll (margin of error approximately 47½ percent) said that four out of five Americans are worried about the economy and terrorism these days, but aren't going to cancel their vacation plans. That fifth person just slipped into a coma at the kitchen table while figuring out his monthly credit card bills.
People often disregard budget concerns at vacation time. They say it's been a rough year, darn it, and we owe this to ourselves. This year many of us have had unemployment concerns, been deeply troubled by the war, and even faced the annoyance of Snooki. So we're not going to let a minor inconvenience like a third degree burn from a smoldering mass of credit cards in the wallet of our back pocket spoil our vacation enjoyment.
Due to these economic pressures, many of us have just begun new jobs where we rank rather far down on the seniority list used to decide preferred vacation time. We are often left with the highly coveted week of November 1 to 7 to work on our tans at our summer beach house.