After interviewing more than 350 people in the last five months for my book on high school football in Illinois, which will be published by University of Illinois Press, I am eager to begin a one-month vacation to Florida.
No interviewing, no writing, no phone calls, no work, just a lot of walking on the beach and relaxing in the surf. If you haven't done it, don't knock it. It's a great way to clean out all the mush in your head and recharge your batteries.
We don't fly -- at least since 1976 -- so our vacations are spent driving to one or two of four destinations each summer. Why summer? Because I got used to it. While covering high school sports for more than 30 years, I couldn't take a vacation until the season was over. So when most people went to Florida in January and February, I went in June and July.