One of the main goals of this weekend for our family was the planning of the semi-annual family vacation. Last week we had a Skype conversation where each family group (of 4) gave her/his ideas for vacationing this summer. We established the approximate dates, we established when who had which conflicts and although it was informal, the list of options looked like this: Branson, San Diego, Disney, Breckenridge. Then about Tuesday San Diego seemed to be gaining momentum, there was Disney hesitation both cost and availability. My brother, who missed the last family vacation was driving the discussion, but didn't want to commit until mid-March when I talked to him Saturday. San Diego and Branson were running neck and neck as long as we didn't have to commit yet. Then in an turn on a dime, a text...skype in 10 minutes. We logged on and the (refundable) deposit had already been made on the Disney vacation, was that ok? I could hear that my sister was a little shocked? I was surprised but glad--less drama than sometimes. My sister-in-law was sending links like crazy (this is where we will be staying, the layout of the apartment, the location to the parks, the general idea on food/eating in and out...) and my brother was managing the pr campaign to make sure we were all on board. Countdown on my computer now--167 days until Disney...Orlando takes the lead early and my guess is that no one else has a chance.
Skype conference call, cell phones, texts, links, chat online with Mike--our Disney concierge, online airfare, download of an official countdown to our home computer. This is what technology offers, access to what is there, the ability to do it "now", a chance to all weigh in on the same line.