and I did the math and it turns out there's really just no way in hell I can swing going to Australia this winter - it kind of relied on being able to take another 2 weeks vacation at the beginning of the year (which is when the Tango Foxtrot vacation days were reset), which I won't have - my total number of vacation days are through the end of March.
Ah well. Time to figure out what to do for Christmas.
In the meantime, it looks like my last "effective" day here will be Friday, and then I'll have three weeks to "kill" before the new job. I'm having fantasies about using some of this time to go to Scarborough again, and of course I'm out of the country next week (and in Penzance over the bank holiday weekend) ... but does anyone have some great ideas of what or whom I should see or do between now and August 30th?