Sunday, June 14, 2009

No need to go too far......

So there is a popular concept here in AZ that many of us local "phoenicians" too brain fried from the sun to think logically enough to get the heck out of dodge at the first signs of triple digits. It's just too hot to have our neurons firing the right way to somehow get the message "oh since I could fry an egg on the sidewalk, might be a good idea to find cooler sidewalk". Hmm...

Since I am one of the sad sunburned people who stick around for the summer, its a great time to take advantage of the amazing deals that my fabulous partners in the industry offer the suffering hope that you can actually "beat the heat".

And since so many of the locals are not really locals (all transplants from Chicago & Ohio- what's up with that? Is 150 degree heat better then these regions? Two less places I need to travel to appearently!) The term for this band-aid on our weather is called "Stay-cation".

Let's visit the all important pop culture phenomenom , Wikipedia, for help.

A staycation (or stay-cation, or stacation) is a neologism for a period of time in which an individual or family stays at home and relaxes at home or takes day trips from their home to area attractions. Staycations have achieved high popularity in current hard economic times in which unemployment levels and gas prices are high.[1][2]
Common activities of a staycation include use of the backyard pool, visits to local parks and museums, and attendance at local festivals. Some staycationers also like to follow a set of rules, such as setting a start and end date, planning ahead, and avoiding routine, with the goal of creating the feel of a traditional vacation.[3]

So while I don't really know what a "neologism" is, I'm pretty sure it means "go to a resort and have sangria by the pool".

Stay-cations have been a regular part of my routine growing up and now that I am an event professional (extrodinaire), I try to part take in this most fabulous of concepts a few times a year regardless of what the thermosat says.

SO, for all my wonderful "soon to bes" and my colleauges...pack some sunscreen and a great pair of flip flops and take the weekend off! You deserve it! Cheers see you at the pool!

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