Dennis Miller once said of travel, "when you’re sitting on the edge of the bed in a hotel room in your underwear, eating Pepperidge Farm cookies from a vending machine and watching ESPN on TV, you know you’re living life in the fast lane."
(I just realized that I could have used that for One-Liner Wednesday. Oh well.)
I knew I was traveling too much when I found myself in the basement on a Saturday afternoon, unpacking my dirty clothes into the washer, then taking the clean clothes from the dryer and packing them to leave town the next day. Actually, I found it kind of fun, and that’s when I knew I had a problem.
I was one of those "road warriors" you often hear about, spending Sunday afternoon getting somewhere, Friday night getting home, and doing the training or software installation thing all week. I didn’t keep track of how much luggage I went through in those days, but there were more than a few suitcases, garment bags, duffel bags, and roll-aboards that I carried around with me for a couple of years, then discarded as I moved on to something a little bigger/easier to handle/durable/whatever.
I’m glad those days are over. Now I spend my life no further than five miles from home, Mary’s comfort zone when she’s driving, and I’m happy with that. A lot of people retire and want to travel. Not me. As a friend of mine once said, I did enough of that shit when I was younger.
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