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June 12, 2008 9:37 AM   Subscribe

Are you, like many others this summer, considering avoiding the costs & hassles of pricey foreign or domestic travel by having a "staycation" at home? Daily Show commenter John Hodgman (ably backed by Jonathan Coulton on the strings) enumerates the benefits of a "Holistay" (much better name) to help you make your choice.
posted by jonson (41 comments total) 5 users marked this as a favorite

 
Ahem. Daily Show commenter and longtime MetaFilter member, John Hodgman.
posted by ColdChef at 9:44 AM on June 12, 2008


Well, 'staycation' sucks, and 'holistay' is certainly better, they both beat the hell out of 'house arrestication' which just isn't as much fun as it sounds.
posted by quin at 9:54 AM on June 12, 2008


Whichever word you use for it, the key to John Hodgman's humor seems to be a presupposition that John Hodgman is funny.
posted by interrobang at 9:56 AM on June 12, 2008 [3 favorites]


whenever I read the term staycation, i think it says Stay Cation, as in, don't migrate towards the cathode.
posted by emd3737 at 9:57 AM on June 12, 2008 [1 favorite]


That was quality.
posted by Optamystic at 10:01 AM on June 12, 2008


Anyone not putting "staycation" in derision-quotes needs to be shot, burned, drawn, and quartered. Oh, and pissed on. What a truly awful faux-word.
posted by notsnot at 10:02 AM on June 12, 2008


Having CNN overuse "staycation" is at least slightly better than the constant front page crap about "man caves". I wish they could kill iReport already.
posted by stavrogin at 10:10 AM on June 12, 2008


Is the idea of "vacation" for most people a kind buffet/bar/chaise lounge with changeable scenery? Might as well get memory implants a la "Total Recall" or something.
posted by Burhanistan at 10:11 AM on June 12, 2008


If I am still being paid to lay around, read books, drink wine, ride my bike, and entertain ill-behaved cats, in my sweet, walkable little town, I call it "awesome".
posted by everichon at 10:15 AM on June 12, 2008 [1 favorite]


If these meretricious waterheads want to keep making up stupid words for stupid concepts that's fine, I just want them to know that I'm going to find them one day and clip off all their fingers and toes with a rusty pair of meat scissors, cool? Cool!
posted by Divine_Wino at 10:17 AM on June 12, 2008


constant front page crap about "man caves"

Wow, do I hate that dopey-ass phrase.
posted by everichon at 10:19 AM on June 12, 2008


what the hell is a man cave?
posted by boo_radley at 10:26 AM on June 12, 2008


It's like a Bat Cave, only with less stuff to save Gotham, and more 42" TVs with surround sound and wet bars.
posted by quin at 10:29 AM on June 12, 2008


"staycation" is an unnecessary word. "Vacation" already means staying at home. If you want to refer to time off from work that you spend travelling or visiting family, you use the term "a huge headache".
posted by DU at 10:31 AM on June 12, 2008 [4 favorites]


"Staycation" was a huge hit for 80s rockers the Stay-Stays.
posted by bondcliff at 10:33 AM on June 12, 2008 [1 favorite]


It's like a Bat Cave, only with less stuff to save Gotham, and more 42" TVs with surround sound and wet bars.

Unlike the Man-Bat Cave which is filled with guano.
posted by ...possums at 10:35 AM on June 12, 2008


Thanks for directing me to the Daily Show today. There were some comic jewels in that episode.

Pursuit of happiness --> ignorance is bliss --> we're living the dream of the founding fathers. "Checkmate." Ha!

I had a great professor in college who pointed out that there's an aphorism for everything, and once you find the one you want, there's another one that contradicts it, or at least comes close. It's fun to play games with them: if ignornace = bliss and knowledge = power, bliss 8800; power. Whatever...that's totally not funny. Wisdom is so played out.

Can anyone think of any super funny manipulations of aphorisms and clich├ęs?
posted by nosila at 10:36 AM on June 12, 2008


err...bliss "not-equal-to symbol" power. bliss does not equal power.

wise sayings refuse to submit to the boundaries of html. or somethin'.
posted by nosila at 10:37 AM on June 12, 2008


I miss ye ole coaching days.
posted by stbalbach at 10:42 AM on June 12, 2008


I'm just excited that someone besides me is using the term "portmanteau" today.
posted by Gucky at 10:48 AM on June 12, 2008


Portmanteaux.
posted by everichon at 11:00 AM on June 12, 2008 [3 favorites]


nosila - "Great minds thing alike." "Fools never differ."
posted by ZakDaddy at 11:00 AM on June 12, 2008


Argh. -"thing" +"think"
posted by ZakDaddy at 11:00 AM on June 12, 2008


Zakdaddy: So great minds = fools. Nice.
posted by nosila at 11:02 AM on June 12, 2008


Related article : The End of Summer Vacation
posted by Afroblanco at 11:14 AM on June 12, 2008


Argh. -"thing" +"think"

If this degenerates into one of those interminable "another think coming" (correct) vs. "another thing coming" battles, I'm going to kill myself.
posted by FelliniBlank at 11:15 AM on June 12, 2008


"staycation" was used a couple of years ago on 'Corner Gas'! Was Brett Butt ahead of his time? I believe the episode in question was titled 'Mail Fraud'.
posted by GuyZero at 11:25 AM on June 12, 2008


what the hell is a man cave?

You ever see Goatse?
posted by Aversion Therapy at 12:05 PM on June 12, 2008 [1 favorite]


Thanks ColdChef, although in adding John as a contact I had to mark him as "friend > none" because there was no "computer > used at work" option
posted by Brainy at 12:10 PM on June 12, 2008


If this degenerates into one of those interminable "another think coming" (correct) vs. "another thing coming" battles, I'm going to kill myself.

Maybe we can talk about it in a plane on a conveyor belt, while also discussing whether or not .9999repeating equals 1.
posted by inigo2 at 12:14 PM on June 12, 2008


Having CNN overuse "staycation" is at least slightly better than the constant front page crap about "man caves".

So it looks like a "man cave" is a slightly sexist version of a "den" or a "rec room." Christ, what assholes.
posted by TheOnlyCoolTim at 12:27 PM on June 12, 2008


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posted by loiseau at 12:34 PM on June 12, 2008


Awesome, we USians are so beaten as a people that we're talking about staying home for our pathetic 2-week vacation as a choice, rather than as something we have no choice about due to the skyrocketing cost of transportation.
posted by mullingitover at 12:41 PM on June 12, 2008 [1 favorite]


Boy I'd love to be able to watch that video clip. I'm tempted to start flagging US or UK-only video clips whenever I see them pop-up.
posted by Space Coyote at 12:47 PM on June 12, 2008


Staycation, all I ever wanted...
posted by fiercecupcake at 12:56 PM on June 12, 2008 [1 favorite]


Nosila: Knowledge is Power.

Power corrupts.

Learn things. Be Evil.
posted by mephron at 12:58 PM on June 12, 2008


For the Canadians: Official Daily Show video-clips online. The Hodgman piece is in Clip 2.
posted by cardboard at 5:52 PM on June 12, 2008


I've been stretching out my 'two weeks' vacation by taking four-day-weekends for an entire month (or more) for about five years now. Key to this, of course, is being able to work those three days in the middle of the week. It didn't occur to me until this year that I was probably saving a ton on gas.
posted by eclectist at 6:08 PM on June 12, 2008


That's what I'm doing, eclectist, and my first long weekend of the bunch starts tomorrow! Once I figured out that I couldn't afford to go anywhere, I certainly wasn't going to blow one or more weeks at home with the time whistling by. But multiple long weekends... awesome.
posted by Durn Bronzefist at 7:44 PM on June 12, 2008


I'm a USian and get four weeks a year (hooray for foreign owned subsidiaries!). That's pathetic by European standards but still not the prison sentence of most workers. Two weeks time off a year is really just a kick in the groin and it pains me to hear office workers bitching about unions ruining the country when they could be organizing and demanding more paid time off.
posted by Burhanistan at 11:08 PM on June 12, 2008


"what the hell is a man cave?"

Finished abasement.
posted by Eideteker at 11:19 AM on June 15, 2008 [1 favorite]


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