I leave for my winter vacation one week from today. Now the question comes up of what to take along on vacation. I think the number 1 thing to bring is a sense of humour. Never leave home without it. No matter how well prepared you are, something will happen that will test your will to live. It might be seven days of downpour on your beach holiday. You might be attacked by bears (or moose flies). A local war could be declared and you suddenly look like a spy. It could be that some obscure volcano has erupted and grounded half the world’s air traffic… being able to see the absurdity of it, being able to see how much worse it might be, just being able to smile always helps.