I do admit, when my family and I have taken vacation, we haven’t exactly traveled very far outside the province. However, I don’t think it matters so much where you go, but instead the fun memories you make when you go.
Some of my more fond vacation memories are of wandering Niagara Falls and site seeing, hanging out in a hotel room and watching television and talking with family, relaxing and swimming at Wasaga Beach, or touring the museums in Ottawa.
This year, I will be taking a short few-day trip to Blue Mountain Resort.
Sometimes I think it is just fun to escape your normal life, staying in a hotel where you don’t need to worry about making the bed each morning, eating at different restaurants, instead of making food at home and doing the dishes afterwards, and just enjoying laughs with the people that are around you.
Also, wherever you go, it is likely a place where nobody knows your name, a place where you can escape from the everyday routine and disappear from any regular responsibility. We, as people, tend to get so caught up in routine sometimes, that it is good to break formation once and a while, and do something different. This makes us appreciate the people, that are always around us, more as well, and offers a chance to possibly learn something about someone, they didn’t already know.
It is sometimes surprising to see stats, such as a 2014 survey by firm Robert Half that found 26 per cent of Canadians were not taking any vacation time.
I think vacation not only helps your mind reset, to allow you to put out better work later on, but it also can allow you to take a step back and see just how far you have come in your current role and makes you appreciate where you are, more. Also, according to a 2010 study, published in the journal Applied Research in Quality of Life, just planning a trip alone can make you happier.
I think everyone needs to give themselves permission to take some time. You don’t need to go too far away, but just take some time to relax and reflect, enjoy yourself while we still have this summer weather. It will do everyone some good.
Looking at the summer television lineup, it has dawned on me, television networks are quickly running out of ideas.
One only has to look at the amount of classic old movies that are being turned into shows, to see this lack of creativity in action.
One example of this is a new summer sitcom series on ABC, named ‘Uncle Buck’, based on the hilarious John Candy movie with the same name. The show stars actor Mike Epps in a similar role to the one that Candy previously played. Now, what some might not know about this production is, television executives tried to turn this movie into a show before in 1990, but the show ended up being unpopular. Yet, Uncle Buck is somehow back on the small screen.
Kids television network station YTV also airs a show, known as ‘School of Rock’, based on the wildly successful movie that starred Jack Black.
CBS has also learned the peril of attempting to take a movie from the big screen and turn it into a successful series. They recently announced the cancellation of ‘Rush Hour’, a show based on the movie starring Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker.
There are numerous other examples of the same thing out there, including Minority Report, as well as Lethal Weapon, set to debut on Fox in September.
What television executives seem to fail to understand is that taking something that was wildly popular on the big screen is not a recipe for success, and really just cheapens the experience for the viewers. The shows almost never star the original actors from the film, with the new actors then forced to try to duplicate everything fans loved about the original characters. The plot is also usually stretched out because the show needs to fill a full season. What current television is doing is the equivalent of taking what was left on the cutting room floor during the making of a movie, and putting it back in.
I find that people tend to enjoy originality when it comes to their television experience. It is like when reading a new book, you don’t know what is going to happen and it gives you a chance to find new characters you can connect with.What was great about television in the early days, from what I have heard from family, was that these stories had never been seen before. Hopefully, someday, networks realize this, and we can return to watching original and fun programming.
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