Andrew Ayers - March 2020

MARCH 2020

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Paperbacks on the Beach An Ayers Family Spring Break

Spring break is one of those things that really changes depending on what stage you are in life. Spring breaks as a 13-year-old look very different than those as a college student. My favorite spring breaks are ones spent as a parent because it means I get to spend time with my family. This year’s spring break starts in NewYork for my brother’s wedding. It’s a big year for my brother, and I’m really excited to celebrate the start of this new chapter in his life. That said, NewYork in March isn’t what you’d call perfect spring weather. After the wedding, we’re heading down to Florida for the warmer weather. My parents moved to Florida a few years ago, so it’s become our go-to family vacation spot. The kids love visiting their grandparents, and Florida is a great place to spend spring break if you just want to kick back on the beach for a few days. Most of our vacation is spent in the pool, with a few games of minigolf and some fresh seafood mixed in. We’re also usually able to catch a spring training baseball game. My kids are Yankees fans by birth, so for the last few years, we’ve been able to catch a Yankees spring training game, which is always a great time. It won’t surprise anyone to learn that I pack five or six books to read during spring break. When we go on vacation, I always want to do three things: play in the pool with my kids, enjoy a date night with my wife, and read. At home, I read a lot of business books, so when I’m on vacation, I try to read a few fiction novels to mix things up. When I can, I look for obscure little fiction books, the kind of thing I wouldn’t usually read. For me, reading something different reinforces the idea of being on vacation.

running yourself ragged. Vacations are a time to reconnect with your family or enjoy some quiet by yourself. We live in a society that tells us we always need to be productive, but at the end of your life, no one looks back and thinks, “I should have skipped that vacation and spent another day at the office.” Spring break is coming up soon. I hope everyone gives themselves permission to take a step back, put their phone down, and enjoy some time out of the office —maybe even on the beach with a good book. And if you need a recommendation for a book, give me a call!

A few years ago, I worked my way through a series of old novels by Eric Ambler. Last year, my vacation book was “Rogue Male.”This book was published in 1939 and tells a strange story about a man running around the English countryside after failing to assassinate a dictator. It’s not the kind I would have usually picked up. I grabbed it because it was small and fit in my bag, but it turned out to be a pretty good vacation read. Vacations, whether for spring break or a weekend getaway, are really important. No matter how much you love your job, everyone needs to take a break from time to time. That’s how you recharge your batteries and keep from

–Andrew M. Ayers

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