Road Warrior No More #socs

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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25 thoughts on “Road Warrior No More #socs

  1. I can’t imagine traveling that much! I’d be happy to not do so too. While it’s fun to get away to a warmer climate in the wintertime or to travel a few hours to see our kids, I’m comfortable with sticking to a 15-30 mile trip as necessary. Wow – that commercial – I almost thought it was going to show a spanking of that kid! Bayer aspirin has lasted the test of time – still recommended by many docs as a daily dose for many people.

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  2. John in what era did you travel? 80s and 90s? When I have to travel to Atlanta…around 240 miles to our other corporate office…I don’t like it. The first night is fine but after that it gets old. I can’t imagine every week

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      1. Now it is not as bad…entertainment wise because you have a laptop to see media on…either movies or whatever you want.
        It would be a tough life to lead day in and day out.
        The only plus would be meeting so many people by training them…I guess that could be bad also.

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        1. For me, training was exhausting. At the end of the day, all I wanted to do was go back to my hotel. (Typical introvert.) It was rewarding, don’t misunderstand me, but it wore me out.

          I was the sort who could buy a couple of Dell puzzle magazines and entertain myself for hours. When the Walkman came out, I was in heaven, because then I could shut the world out.

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  3. i did quite a bit of traveling and, happily, it was before the pager and cell phone era. I’d call the office once a day, or many days, not at all. I was in an elevator a few years ago with a young business guy at around 7 or 8pm and his cell phone began ringing. He looked at the ceiling and muttered “g– d— it!” and we looked at each other and all I could do was offer a sympathetic smile and shake my head. Thank God I didn’t work in the cell phone era!

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  4. I am always happiest when I travel enough to keep my elite status (and points for free travel) but still remember what home looks like. Current job is a good balance. Heading to Boston this week. Haven’t been in 15 years or so will be nice to visit again.

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  5. When I was travelling for work, it was only once per quarter or about 4 weeks a year. I miss it sometimes. Not the packing but the people. Now we are relegated to instant message and/or Skype for training I used to do in person.

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  6. I was only a true road warrior for about 6 years. After that, I settled into a calm routine of travel. The worst though, was when I moved into my first house. For about 6 weeks, I didn’t have a washer and dryer. That Sunday routine you speak of, that played out in a laundromat 😦

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  7. I never traveled for work reasons myself, but my husband did, which meant I did too. After over 20 years in the Army, we did our share of traveling, moving, packing, and that was enough. Now, we rarely go anywhere, and it suits us fine.

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    1. It can be, and it doesn’t leave much room for friendships at home, at least when you did my kind of travel. When I’d go to Chicago, I’d stay with Mom, so I got a chance to see her.

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      1. My hubby went all over the place, England and the world. Often he’d be called out at some unearthly hour and I’d not see him for days! Then there were the trips abroad, South Africa, Russia, Norway, Sweden, Northern Ireland, Pakistan. He was a customs investiator later it was more training courses than “Jobs/knocks” lol but he always hated it missed the children growing up 💜

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