Keller @ Large: What I Won’t Do On Vacation

BOSTON (CBS) – If you didn’t know already, I want to reassure all of our faithful readers that I do try very hard to make these posts as interesting as possible, whether or not you agree with what I’m saying.

There’s no worse crime in this context than boring you, and I do strive to avoid doing that.

So I’m not going to tell you what I’ve got planned for my summer vacation, which begins tomorrow.

I mean, really: sleeping, eating, golfing, reading, grilling, swimming, more eating and sleeping…how much more boring can it get?

Gee, I said I wouldn’t do that, didn’t I?

I hope no one dozed off just now.

But instead of the oh-so-dull details of what I will be doing, I’ll tell you what I won’t be doing for the next week or so.

Listen to Jon’s commentary:

I won’t be following the news very much, if at all.

Something tells me that when I return to work, Washington will still be held hostage by gridlocked partisans, Rupert Murdoch will still be pretending he knew nothing, and Gov. Patrick will still be proclaiming our economy ‘the comeback kid,’ even as hundreds of new layoffs roll in.

Democrats will still be claiming Scott Brown is the source of all evil in the modern world, while Republicans will still be making the same ridiculous claim about President Obama.

I won’t be listening to talk radio, watching cable TV shout fests, or otherwise immersing myself in argument and controversy.

Haven’t we all overdosed a bit on all of that?

It’s gotten to the point where even when I’m working and have to keep an eye on the public debate, it’s like ingesting a stress-filled hand-grenade.

I can barely stomach it when I’m on-duty, and want no part of it while I’m off.

And finally, I can assure you, I won’t be dieting.

The other 51 weeks of the year, OK, but not on vacation.

If I want a clam roll and a whoopee pie, I’m going to have them, and heaven help the bystander who gets a hand in the way.

So there you have it, my fascinating to-not-do list for vacation.

Hope you enjoyed hearing it as much as I’ll enjoy shunning it.

You can listen to Keller At Large on WBZ News Radio every weekday at 7:55 a.m. and 12:25 p.m. You can also watch Jon on WBZ-TV News.

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  • Willow

    Happy vacation, Jon! Eat, drink, and I agree, don’t listen to any news. :)

  • tsal

    Jon, first and foremost I hope you have a perfect vacation. My husband would not think your list of things to do is boring at all. Somehow he’s managed to play golf or hit balls a combination of 12 times in the past 10 days and he’s not even on vacation yet. I think he believes he’s retired……………he is not :)

    Second, you do a great job on this blog and none of us say thank you enough – or at all. I’m including myself in that list of people who forget but know full well how much effort goes into creating the blog topics. Thank you.

    And third – it’ll do us all good to just step back and take a deep breath. You are right that when you return it will still be there – sadly!

  • emom

    JON .. Enjoy your much deserved vacation, as you say things will hardly change, GRIDLOCK is nothing with Washington and even here on the HILL… It’s a free for all with them.. Besides it’s summer time and well we all know politicians do not like to do much work… After all they are always on vacation., even while working.. And the news sadly seems to be much of the same form week to week. I look forward to your return after vacation and the spin o meter . As well as your commentary on a subject. But while on vacation catch the waves, enjoy the sun, have a few clam rolls and whoopee pies, Go for a dip , stay out of the shark pools, Maybe catch a movie… I look forward to a refreshed and ready to go JON,,,, One thing to digest the clogging stomach churning subjects, Bring the antacids in the large bottles.. You will need it.. But for the week relax, sit back , and enjoy the stress free environment,,,, spend it with those that are more important,,, FAMILY AND FRIENDS..

    • Willow

      Amen, Emom!

  • Ron

    Have a Great vacation Jon

  • StanleyRamon

    I guess it depends on how long the vacation is. If it’s a weekend or a week, then I believe you will truly ignore the news and feast on nothing but whoopee pies, but if it’s more than say, 2 weeks, I’m thinking you’ll take a peek at what our Gov or President is up to and you might say to yourself, “gee I better not have another whoopee pie”. When you’ve done something for so long, trust me, you can’t help yourself. As for me, I do this for fun, so I’m going over to your last blog entry to stir things up a bit. Have a fun vacation.

  • mikey

    The last “real” vacation I took was five years ago when my father took my family of four on an eight day whitewater rafting trip down the Colorado River traveling the entire length of the Grand Canyon. No contact with the outside world for eight days. An unbelievable, life-changing trip which everyone should experience. for info.

    I really miss my father, he passed away a couple of months ago.

    • tsal

      Mikes I’m so sorry for the loss of your dad. I’m glad that you have special times like your rafting trip to hold close in your heart.

      • mikey

        Thank you so much. How very kind of you.

        That rafting trip was something else and it was an exhausting expedition. My dad was a funny guy. After eight days of rafting we all looked as if we had served a tour of duty in Afghanistan. My dad said jokingly after the trip was over: “I didn’t know my good friend who recommended this trip to me hated me so much.” We all had the time of our lives on that trip, a wonderful experience.

        Thanks again for your condolences. Take care.

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