This road trip was unique because I hadn’t slept in an actual bed since August 19th (if you’re scoring at home, that’s five weeks in a hammock, six weeks on a crappy futon, and two weeks on an awesome couch).
As I was looking out the bus window in Los Angeles, I was thinking “this is everything exactly like my mental image of LA: jammed free ways, palm trees, 90 degree weather, smog, atmosphere, vibe… God I miss New York.”
And when someone casually mentioned places I knew existed but were always well outside my universe, I almost said things like “oh, what were you doing in Anaheim?” before I realized “wait, I live in California. That’s totally normal.”
Other than that, it’s been your typical road trip.
You know you travel for business a lot when you have to have a slot in your cell phone address book to store your current hotel room number.
I list it first in my phone (“A Hotel Room”), so when I accidentally pocket dial, I’m not annoying a friend with an A name. (Your welcome “Amy ___” and “Alario, ____” !).
The other signs I travel a lot:
— I can pick up a hotel remote and instantly operate it without having to look at the buttons (including rarely used keys, like “Sleep”).
— My frequent flyer and hotel rewards numbers are on one slip of paper in my wallet in front of my pictures.
— I have a travel copy of every toiletry, which is always packed.
— When I go to iron a dress shirt at home, I open my closet, don’t see an iron hanging on the wall and say “oh, right.”
— I have purchased only two bottles of hand lotion in the last nine years.
— The first thing I look at when entering a room is “do the thick curtains go all the way across the window, or do I just have some flimsy thing that blocks no light?”
— I bring my own coffee with me, since hotel coffee is garbage.
— I have a power strip in my laptop bag so I can charge my laptop and phone next to the hotel bed or at airport gates.
— I have used 37 different pillows in the last 11 years, yet purchased only two. Once a year on a bus trip, I trade them in like they are Craftsman tools.