It seems a handful of downtown art galleries have decided to close up for the summer "to take advantage of the downturn and its lower rents," and plan to simply pick up where they left off and resume operations in the fall. Now there's an idea for those of you who are bored out of your minds at the office and would love nothing more than to take a really long vacation and return to work in September:
Tell your boss you're only suggesting that you spend the foreseeable future in Southeast Asia because you're looking out for the best interests of the company.
There's always the possibility that these galleries may not return from their summer hiatuses, of course, so if you try this at your own place of employment—and even if your boss grants your request—you may end up returning to work this fall to find your assistant seated comfortably behind your desk.
But for three blissful months by the beach? It might just be worth the risk.