Friday, March 23, 2012
Not Exactly the Glamorous Life
And I have to admit that I like it most of the time, even though the conditions have gotten progressively worse over the years. In some years, I earn status on the airlines - although the inevitable irony is that the next year will be a slow travel year and I don't get to enjoy it.
There was the year I went to Richmond, Philadelphia, Kansas City, Topeka, Dallas (three times), St. Louis, Chicago, Cincinnati (three times), Boston, Detroit, Denver, LA, Fresno, and Oakland. Then another when I went to Phoenix four times, LA twice, Atlanta four times, Orlando twice, Richmond once, and Boston once. Those were both status earning years; so far, this year is shaping up like that, but the travel on my new job just hasn't been as exciting.
I've been to a small suburb of Dallas three times so far, since December, and also Indianapolis. I've also had two overnights, non-flying, in Baltimore. Now don't get me wrong, the change of pace was welcome, and the Dallas and Indi trips involved a great project - I'd just rather be doing it in Laguna. But alas, this client doesn't do Laguna.
So I've decided to try and keep a sense of humor about it. The location in Dallas is in recycled real estate that used to be a major bank branch. When the bank closed, it took its toll on the neighbors - including a Whataburger outlet, shown in the opening photo. As if the white paint could hide the iconic building - and any way the orange and blue stripes on the rooftop are starting to bleed through.
Pardon me for the nostalgia. But I do remember being treated this way in coach in the old days.