Monthly Archives: November 2015


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How I Take a Day Off Every Week


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This is a guest post by Gary Oster from Project: Time Off.

Well, not really EVERY week. As you climb the ranks, it can seem harder to use all the time off you’re given. You feel pressure to be visible. Your partner may not have the same number of days.

The list of excuses can go on and on. And in my long career, I’ve used all of them. When I was starting out and focused on climbing the ladder, I was the quintessential work martyr. You know who I’m talking about: the person who takes on more than they have the time for, thinks no one can do the job as well, and rarely (if ever) takes a day off.

Thankfully, I had my aha! moment and made a change—for the sake of my family and my personal well-being. Part of that change was to make scheduling time off mandatory—and in doing so, it started to feel like fun instead of a chore.

As the kids have left the nest, my wife and I have started our own traditions: a vacation in the winter to go somewhere warm, around the long weekend to kick off summer, and a last hurrah as summer fades away after Labour Day.

But even with these planned vacations, I still have days I need to use. A few years ago, I decided to make long weekends with summer Fridays. I’m a passionate boater and no matter where I go with friends or fishing with my dad and son, I am happiest when I’m on the water.

My favourite kind of sunset on a Summer Friday. (Image from  www.projecttimeoff.com)

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Winterization and Ethanol Blended Fuels


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This is a guest post by BoatUS President Margaret Podlich and AMA President Robert Dingman.

The coming of cooler weather means an end to the boating and motorcycling season for many. Chiefly important in preparing these vehicles for winter is managing the potential for engine damage from a federally-mandated ethanol blend in America’s gasoline supply.

Ethanol in gasoline stored for long periods can damage marine and motorcycle engines: “phase separation” of the fuel can leave a corrosive water-soaked ethanol mixture at the bottom of the gas tank. Half of the respondents of a recent Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatU.S.) survey reported that they have had to replace or repair their boat engine or fuel system parts due to suspected ethanol-related damage, costing an average $1,000 for repairs. Continue reading