In the spirit of higher learning I decided to put myself through the arduous task of studying the educational side of National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation. A few things I took away from the hours of research:
Several strings of lights are okay, 250 strands for a grand total of 25,000 imported italian twinkle lights, might be excessive. If you’re trying to compete with the laser light show at Epcot Center, stop, you lost already. Your wallet will thank you and so will your neighbors.
Writing a $7,500 check to cover the deposit on a swimming pool when you don’t have money in your account is a bad idea.
Hoping that your Christmas bonus shows up on time and is big enough to cover the check is even worse.
I’m not sure how far ahead one normally pays for a pool instillation, but the middle of winter might just be too early. Paying too far in advance is borderline sketchy, wait till the ground thaws.
Despite what you might think, kidnapping your boss, will not get you that bonus either.
When the insanity of the holidays begins to set in, remember, there’s always Jack Daniels. Continue Reading…