Leave me alone, I'm on vacation!

I've got no qualms about giving my all when I'm working.  I've done the long days, the long nights, the long weekends.  But when I officially pull the plug and go on vacation, I expect to be able to leave Sun behind, and enjoy some well-deserved time off without any reminders of what I do the rest of the year. 

I don't think that's too much to ask.  But have you ever tried to unplug yourself completely when you work for a "network" company like Sun? 

I first noticed it on a trip to Nepal.  I had just finished a rather stressful project, and was glad to be getting away.  But as I'm walking between planes in Bangkok, there's a 20 foot ad image of then-CEO Scott McNealy, smiling with his big toothy grin from his perch on the wall, reminding me that "Sun in the . (dot) in dot com."

Trip to Brazil.  Sun's being profiled in the in-flight magazine.  Trip to Spain/Portugal:  Sun's being advertised on a whole wall of posters in a small city.  Ok, gloves are off.  Hawaii?  Nope, there's a high-tech design exhibit in SFO United Terminal featuring all kind of high-tech product designs.  I was halfway through before I saw the case that featured a Sun Ray.  Dagnabit!!! 

Out of all the buildings in Sydney, Australia, our route took us right by the Sydney sales office.  Cameroon?  I thought for sure, I stood a fighting chance.  Nope.  I forget what I saw in the Cook Islands, but was not amused.

I guess it's good to work for a company with a global presence.  But just for a couple days a year, can't you just leave me alone1?

On the other hand, I'm glad I don't work for another unnamed large software company.  I don't know how many times I've walked by an airport flight status board only to see an infamous "Blue Screen of Death."  It does give me a chuckle.

 


1.  Maybe now I'm looking for Sun references just to keep the streak alive. 

 

Comments:

Leave you alone?? Not possible senor...how can you be left alone when you look up during the day...and see the SUN!!

..sorry couldn't resist an inane comment

Posted by Tarun Elankath on February 15, 2008 at 10:00 PM PST #

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Posted by cameroon on February 17, 2008 at 03:11 AM PST #

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