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¡Hola, del Mar Caribe!

Posted by tball on June 26, 2006 at 9:47 AM PDT

This is week two of my forced vacation at Cancun, Mexico; this week we are staying at the Grand Mayan near Playa del Carmen. Forced? This may come as a shock to some, but vacation is hard to take for many engineers including myself. On the recommendation of another work-aholic engineer, my wife and I bought a Mexican vacation timeshare where I cannot work or access the Internet reliably. Because she is frugal (not that I'm complaining!), she will not allow us to pay the yearly maintenance without getting a resort vacation for our money. So I go on vacation each summer kicking and screaming (internally), but find it does me a world of good to decompress. And the scenery is nice, too.

Ah, but getting away from it all is getting harder every year as the Internet expands to encompass our world. We brought cellphones to keep in contact with each other (it's a big resort), but that means that people can reach us from California just as easily. Cyber-cafes were something I used to have to track down in the wilder parts of town, but now the resort itself lists a cyber-cafe as one of its amenities. The hotel during our first week in Cancun had free wireless access, and my guess is in the next year or two all resorts will. A few nights ago I found a guy sitting in the hallway outside of the model suite here, because in roaming around with a WiFi sniffer, he found an open hotspot. Soon, he won't have to hunt for one.

In spite of the expanded network coverage, it's still great to move a little away from city life. There is Yucatan jungle on both sides of our resort, with a sign that clearly states "No molestar los cocodrilos, por favor." (Google can translate this for you.) As Dorothy said in The Wizard of Oz, "I don't think we're in Kansas anymore."

So wish me luck as I try to make the rest of the week. When I get back it will be full-time coding again, but I suspect that I'll still hear the ocean's waves breaking in the background for quite awhile.

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