As I watched President Obama and his family disembark Air-Force One in South Africa, yesterday, I couldn't help but wonder what a wonderful perk it must be to be President of this great country and to take my family everywhere I go. For a moment or two, I thought back to days when I was a younger man, and I couldn't help but let my mind wander to the place where I wondered what it would be like to have the money and ability and postion to travel anywhere in the world - on business - and take my wife and kids? I know they would've loved all the wonderful places this world has to offer, and what a learning experience for not only myself - by traveling to countries and sampling the many wonderful cultures from around the world - it would be an experience my children would hold in their memories forever and a day! And I know that the wife would have loved the opportunity to purchase new clothing for each vacation! :smilewinkgrin: Still, with record unemployment across this nation, as well as those who are still way-underemployed, or just plain, frustrated and unable to find work [given up and went on welfare]...I wonder if anyone else feels that -while the President has to travel for his job- is it really a wise and prudent thing to be taking the family almost everywhere I went, especially with so many Americans unable to travel further than the local grocery store, the doctor, or maybe the laundry mat. So, are you taking a vacation this summer? My answer to this is - NO - we love SeaWorld in San Diego, but it would cost us close to $150.00 just to get in. Then there is the need for me to rent an electric cart to get around, plus food and drinks while at the park. Plus there is fuel, and it would be a lot as I live approximately 100 miles from SeaWorld. And in order to really get my moneys worth, we'd probably stay at a motel/hotel, and that would be another $100.00 (as you know, Motel 6 is no longer $ 6.00 a night. Plus local and state taxes on all of the things needed to go on a vacation is even more taxing on the overall costs! :tonofbricks: Do you get the idea? We have made going out to a cheap fast food eatery a mini-vacation, and we've learned to love and appreciate just being with each other.