|April 24, 2019
Clint Eastwood's advice in "Dirty Harry" that
opinions, like certain body parts, are best kept to
the 1990 movie
Recall" Arnold Schwarzenegger, too busy to take a
real vacation, goes for a virtual one, having a false memory
of a trip to the planet Mars implanted in his brain. But, an
unexpected and harrowing series of events forces him to go
to the planet for real. Or does he?
Now, nearly 30
years later, not actually going on a vacation, but telling
others you did, is gaining in popularity, and some people
are going so far as to post digitally altered photos on
social media websites to show what a great time they had.
The story of the trip can get better with each retelling.
are people doing this? For one thing, travel has gotten
really expensive, and some non-travelers just want to
impress friends, family, and co-workers. And, to help things
who can provide doctored photographs are filling a
Not everyone is so shallow as to fib about
their vacations, case in point, my recent trip to the
Himalayas to climb Mount Everest.
Everytime I go
there, it seems the guide service sticks me in a group of
wanna-bees who have no business attempting a climb like
this. While they are up there huffing, puffing, and sucking
on oxygen bottles, I was dashing for the summit. I didn't
want to miss my luncheon appointment the following week with
the president of China, who asked for some advice on how to
run his country.
Reaching the summit in record
time, I took a few minutes to enjoy the view, and snap a few
photos before pulling a snowboard out of my backpack for the
race back to base camp, roaring past those slower guys in my
party who were still heading upwards. I hope they made it.
The following week, I lunched with the Chinese
president in Beijing. A great meeting, and you can look
forward to seeing very positive changes over there soon.
year, I'm thinking of vacationing on the space station, just
to help them out a bit.
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