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31st-Jul-2008 10:24 am
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I've never gotten to do much business travel, so while to some it may seem like a chore that pulls them away from friends and family, for me its always a bit of an adventure (and the prospect of things like meal and travel reimbursement is always a plus, removing that stress). Its such an artificial feeling though, travelling for pleasure can define a person. Where you like to go, what you like to do. But business travel makes me feel like I'm in the Matrix. Nothing's quite real, there's strange forced shedules and I feel like I have to be "on" all the time.

Last Wednesday I headed out for San Fransisco. Abby (la_ardillita) kindly drove me to work in the morning so I didn't have to worry about parking, and a coworker (Jeff) and I were off in the afternoon. The highlight of the trip was definitely seeing hmrpita and ariock again, and meeting ranger_d for the first time.

Not much to say about the training itself, boring technical details. The guys at the vendor were infinitely cool though. They showed us around and took us out for drinks and dinner afterwards. It was almost like hanging with old friends. Jeff and I also had a blast just wandering the city. We even got a good glimpse of S.F. culture when the gravelly voiced "woman" singing at the pub dropped a few octaves to a rich baritone. XD

I got back Saturday, after an early 7:40am flight, which of course meant that we had to wake up at about 5am to get to the airport. Luckily it was 8am on the east coast and Abby was up to give me a wakeup call. We finally touched down in Charlotte about 6pm eastern and she was there in the baggage claim waiting for me looking beautiful in a new dress and hairstyle. She house-sat for me while I was away, taking care of Kaylee and Simba, lamenting that she left my apartment a mess (which was fine, it was a mess when I left!) Of course when I got home, my place was spotless top to bottom! She's crafty* that one...

*she's just my type!
31st-Jul-2008 03:25 pm (UTC)
Aw, sounds like a good trip from beginning to end. :)
31st-Jul-2008 03:50 pm (UTC)
I've never done real 'business travel' to meet a client or anything, just going to conferences and stuff, which is a little different. But yeah, I definitely think of it as an adventure too.
31st-Jul-2008 03:56 pm (UTC)
SF is always a great trip whether for business or pleasure. And then there's the great people you get to hang out with there.
31st-Jul-2008 09:24 pm (UTC)
It was great meeting you too! Glad you had good time out here.
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