Lessons from the road
I haven’t had the chance to play road warrior much in the past few years -- what with having children and all -- so the past couple of weeks have been a refresher course for me in the joys and frustrations of business travel. Here are a few things that I have learned about the new world of the business traveler.
- Take the power outlet whenever you can get it. You never know when it will be available again.
- Ditto for the wireless network.
- A cellular modem is a lifeline, but it’s a slow, painful one. Remember AOL circa 1995? It’s like that, but without all the fun sound effects.
- People with iPhones like to make fun of people who still need a computer to get their mail. Fortunately, you can get revenge on them by asking how their battery’s doing around 4:30 in the afternoon.
- Even an iPhone can’t help you find the right office building in Brooklyn if you don’t know which way you’re facing.
- There’s a big difference between being treated like a passenger and being treated like cargo. I greatly prefer the former, which is why I’m sitting on the Acela Express train as I type this, and not a plane.
- Dining out every night is fun for approximately four days. After that, it’s just fattening.
- No matter how cold it is outside, you will always feel sticky after more than 45 minutes sitting on a train or plane. It’s one of the unwritten laws of physics: grime adheres to the traveler at three times the normal rate of a person sitting still. I think it has something to do with friction.
- Meeting new people is fun, but going home to your family is better.
- Nothing beats going home a day early.