Nicola Vincent-Abnett

Nicola Vincent-Abnett
"Savant" for Solaris, Wild's End, Further Associates of Sherlock Holms, more Wild's End

Thursday 31 July 2014

Let’s Talk About Sex, Baby: National Orgasm Day

Yep, it’s come to this... pardon the pun.

Today is National Orgasm Day.

Of course it’s a ruse of sorts. It’s about commerce. It’s a way for a sex toy manufacturer to do more business, and that’s fine.

Frankly (and forgive me if I’m sharing too much) as far as I’m concerned, every day should be an orgasm day, but then I adore the husband and I’ve been in a relationship with him for a very long time. 

My problem with National Orgasm Day is that it focuses on the destination, and we all know that the journey is where the good stuff happens.

We all look forward to our holiday, whatever, wherever it may be, but the looking forward is part of the fun, so is the packing, and so is the travelling. The destination, arriving, and finally lying on that beach are only a small part of the over all experience.

Few of us genuinely prefer to travel alone, but does that really mean that travelling with strangers is a desirable option? Some of us can get where we want to be by jumping on a train or taking a quick car ride. Some of us prefer to travel light. We all need different things.

Of course to get where they’re going some people need luggage up the yingyang and hours or days of travel, and that’s okay, too.

Phileas Fogg
by Alphonse de Neuville & Léon Benett (1873)
Phileas Fogg took his journey with Jean Passepartout, and a mighty undertaking it was too. In order to arrive at their destination they travelled for eighty days by foot, rail, steamship, balloon, horseback, on an elephant and by several other means. They travelled light, but they topped up on supplies along the way. That’s some dedication! I can’t help admiring their ambition.

I’m sure Mr Fogg took other journeys, but, who knows? Perhaps he never reached his destination again.

Almost five percent of women never reach their holiday destinations. That doesn’t mean they’re never prepared to set out on their holidays, and it doesn’t mean they don’t thoroughly enjoy the anticipation or the shopping for new clothes, or the packing or travelling. So why on Earth should they be denied those things? They shouldn’t... Of course they shouldn’t.

Anyone who has to pack more or travel for longer, or take a more circuitous route should be perfectly at liberty to do so. It’s his holiday. The key thing is that he negotiate with the person he’s travelling with. 

It really matters, in the end, who we choose to take our holidays with, whether it’s a weekend getaway or three months circumnavigating the globe. A drive in the country can be a miserable experience regardless of whether all the people in the car manage to reach the agreed destination.

So the next time it crosses your mind to take a holiday think first about who you want to go on holiday with. Think about what you want to pack and how you’d like to travel. Negotiate those things. Once you’ve got all that sorted out the destination shouldn’t be much of a problem at all.

Now off you go and have a fabulous time.

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