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    Americans who get more than 2 weeks of vacation in a year? We have a big river cruise in Mid-April: Prague->Germany->Austria->Slovakia->Hungary
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    Big year for vacations as this will be the first time that I have ever left North America. Spending 8 days in Iceland: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1SjQuaECbjIruRluTr6IjZRVzlygLAz75&usp=sharing Spending 2 weeks in France (need to update some more, but you get the gist): https://drive.google.com/open?id=19EqJbw1TetZMvNe9zsW-vlzwrzm5EwhP&usp=sharing Few things have come together for us as a family to enable these trips. We've expanding our vacation budget as my son is a junior, so we only have a few more family vacations left. We have made a conscious decision to start seeing exploring the planet. And I've gotten better at stretching our vacation dollars.
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    Basically, we're relatively broke after shelling out north of £10k on the US trip last year. So we've decided to take shorter, less expensive, but more frequent breaks this year. So far, we have 2 planned. We're going to a holiday resort on the North Devon coast in March for 4 nights. Here. It's not particularly glamorous, but it's dead cheap and they allow dogs. Then during the week of the late may bank holiday, we're taking Fin to the Warner Brothers Harry Potter studio tour just north of London, and staying in a hotel for a night either side. Very expensive for what it is, but he is quite enjoying the whole HP thing right now. I'm reading the books to him before bed, and we're both loving that TBH. I'm also going camping with Fin, a mate and his two boys, which we do every year, in early May. But i don't count that as a holiday, as Caren can't come - no chicks! What have you guys got lined up?
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    I want to hear all about that cruise. I've looked at those cruises and that's a route through Europe that I'm interested in. I am fortunate enough to get a lot of vacation time. One of the reasons I have stayed with my employer for such a long time
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    I think WOTC definitely wants as many people playing Arena (or Magic Online) as possible, as the profit margins are so much higher. With that said, MTGO didn't kill paper Magic, and I doubt Magic Arena will either. Certainly it's a million times better, but the grindiness of it will probably ensure there will always be paper players. I've already gotten a little bored with Arena. I don't have any interest in dumping money into the platform and this has led me to be unable to build the decks I want. The system just isn't flexible for budget players, and I've felt pigeon-holed into the one deck I've built because spending my precious wildcards on other decks just isn't feasible. On MTGO, I can build and brew to my hearts content. Anyway, what I'm getting at is Arena isn't perfect for every type of player, and because of that, it won't completely destroy paper Magic. It would need to include all formats (or at least modern) and have some sort of secondary market or trading system - and until that exists, I think paper Magic will be fine.
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    What's the difference between a pacifier, rattle or some other toy? Parents have been giving their kids something to occupy them since the beginning of time. My kids are teens so its a little different. But I had the same thoughts when they were younger. All my daughter does is watch YouTube. My sons time switches from playing video games to watching YouTube with the occasional GoT. He's been playing games since he was young without restrictions ... much to the disagreement of mom. Many times I will hear my daughter on FaceTime with her friends. Or in direct contact with their friends via SnapChat or in my son's case, game chat. I have a couple of rules, do NOT go over your data and put the phone away while we're eating. Outside if that, I don't have many restrictions. I do worry about content ... but lets face it. In this world, they can access anything they want, anytime they want. So, I have to trust them. And as long as they do good in school, aren't getting in trouble, and doing what they need to do ... I am not going to restrict things. If I find drugs, grades slip or something else ... that will change. Couple of things I notice. 1. Its normal behavior for them and their friends. For many parents, I am the only adult they know that plays video games so many will confide in me when they have concerns. I have had more than one friend say all their kid does is play video games and they are worried. I make a distinction between playing something by yourself and playing with your friends. I hear my son playing a lot and he is usually on with his friends. So ... its something he and his friends do together. Do you wish that they would be outside shooting hoops, yes. But that doesn't happen. Hell, me and my friends didnt always do that either. 2. I make a distinction between normal and abnormal behavior. Its the abnormal kids that usually have problems or are socially awkward. For my generation, it was normal to watch a lot of TV and at the time, the adults were worried. 3. There are benefits to this behavior. My kids look at all kinds of crap on youtube and some of it is actually educational. Sometimes I will be very surprised at what comes up. For instance, my son was watching a video on Brexit. My daughter looks up all kinds of how to stuff. So when compared to me and what I watched growing up, there are advantages. 4. My kids talk to their friends more than I could have ever imagined. They do things with their friends in a way that I couldn't even conceive of. Sure, both kids are in their bedrooms, but they are doing something, together. In my book, that counts for something. Same with Xbox or PC games ... they are with their friends doing something. They are safe and not getting into trouble. There are chat groups and other things. My daughter has a chat group for her basketball team. There is another one for all the kids that live in the neighborhood. Which is why boys show up when my daughter has a sleepover. So while I may not like curtain things, I would be more worried if my kids were on their devices and NOT with their friends. 5. Last but not least ... I disagree with the kids not learning. They are learning a skill, a very valuable one. Kids today better learn how to interact with tech devices. How many of us have had to help an older adult with something tech related? I have had to help an uncle open his hotel room door by swiping a keycard. My father inlaw navigate the menu on his cable box. Some random stranger navigate a touch screen at a gas station. I have been surprised at what my kids know about their phones and other devices. So as a kid, growing up in 2019, you better know how to work these devices ... because they are only going to get more prevalent, not less. All that being said, I'm with Jazz ... I don't understand watching someone else play a video game. Now get off my lawn!
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    This year I plan to really push to get into shape and exercise more regularly. I finished 2018 pretty strong, bicycle commuting to work and I started mountain biking. I moved back to night shifts for a year or so to catch up on expenses and get ahead. It's a 15% night differential, so I gave myself a pretty good raise choosing to work nights again. Trips planned to Ithaca, New York in June depending on how my son's Science Olympiad team does, the national competition is there. If they don't make it to nationals we're going somewhere else, we just aren't sure where yet.
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    https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/mythic-invitational This was the big news item. This is big news, and great for the game, but it's coming at the expense of WOTC 1. Cutting text AND video coverage of GPs 2. Laying off contacters: Photographer, coverage staff, judges, etc... 3. Not communicating very well (hence, more worrying) Arena has obviously been a big hit, but it feels like Hasbro is turning the screws onto WOTC and this is all being rushed. Why not promote both the online and paper events?
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    Arena seems to have actually pushed people into paper Magic, if some stories are correct That said, WOTC is certainly killing paper coverage and putting all of their eggs online. It's so weird that they hold large events, but barely cover them. Why not both?