[Guest Post] You know you travel too much when…

23 Dec

…you’ve calculated the mean and median for how long it takes you to get from your apartment door to the other side of airport security (27 minutes) so you can sneak in an extra fifteen minutes of sleep on Monday morning.

…it takes you exactly 12 minutes to pack for 4 days of travel.

…you have, by trial and error, figured out the optimal algorithm for putting winter coat, blazer, laptop, laptop bag, bag of liquids, suitcase and shoes on the security belt to facilitate efficient collection on the other side.

…you know when the algorithm is going to break because of someone in front of you.

…the flight attendants greet you like a long lost friend.

…you have your hands full with a suitcase, a cup of coffee, laptop bag but still stop to grab a newspaper when handing your boarding pass to the agent at the gate (a precarious balancing act to be sure).

…you know the “regulars” on the Monday morning shuttle by sight, and when one of them doesn’t show up, you wonder why.

…you can guess how long the line for taxis will be when you arrive (9:15 is a shorter line than 9:25).

…you can figure if a cab driver is the “talker” type or the “silent” type the moment you get into a taxi cab.

…the people at the hotel know you by name, and remember to tell you that the ice cream bar that you like is available in their little mini-market today.

…you know which treadmill in the hotel gym is the smoother one.

…you’re convinced that beds at the Courtyard Marriott are a lot more comfortable than the one at home.

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11 Responses to “[Guest Post] You know you travel too much when…”

  1. Vijay December 23, 2006 at 5:05 am #

    Dittu.. When the guys at security start waving you through… then you REALLY REALLY are travelling a lot.

  2. rk December 23, 2006 at 5:15 am #

    damn good list!

    you know which treadmill in the hotel gym is the smoother one.

    rofl-ing!! 😀 😀

    a few more to the list:
    *** you dial 9 even when you’re at home.
    *** when you return home your children ask you how long you’ll be visiting.
    *** you know the best restaurants in cities most people can’t even spell.
    *** you forget where your car is parked at the airport. you’re not even sure which airport.

  3. Aditya December 23, 2006 at 5:21 pm #

    Viji – yep, but that’s unlikely to happen anytime soon!

    RK – Good adds! #4 actually happened to an ex-boss of mine. He landed in Boston after a week long, multi-city trip, spent half an hour in central parking looking for his car, and then remembered that he had flown out of Rhode Island and that’s where he’d parked. 🙂

  4. Veena Shivanna December 26, 2006 at 4:31 am #

    Vijay,
    Thanks for allowing others to write on your blog.. Its a favour for readers(by not torturing by yours ideas alone ;-)).

    First I thought its from your mom, but it was not.
    When I read this post first time, it looked like one from Purandara daasa keerthane, when he says ‘GiLiyu panjaradOLLilla, or ‘anubhavadaDugeya maadu’, he doesn’t say the real one but it has some internal meanings to it which we need to arrive at.
    I don’t know what Aditya was trying to say here.. It reminded me my travel around the globe.. When I visit hotels (specially outside india), I used to have tough time to figure out how to switch on the ‘taps’.. it has varieties alva ?
    One bad habit I have, when I visit star hotels, I feel like picking(stealing) there freebies like the soaps, shampoos, match box etc., This is to remember that I went there.
    HAd been to La-Quinta Inn during my california visit for kannaDotsava program, the small scribble pad still there with me.. It reminds me my stay there which was pleasant.

    When is your mom writing ? Please ask her to write her experiences about life rather than what she researched or what she taught in her schools(aka college in india:-)).. I would want to know how she meddled with the relationships, despite of her strong will to persue her career. How did she manage your dads ego(don’t say your dad is a saint okay).. how did she manager her workstyle when she was waiting for you & adity to arrive on this earth etc.,
    Most importantly.. how did she controlled her anger & arrogance with all the achivements she had in her life.. When you went to US, when you set up your firm.. everything is her achivements anthaane consider maadthideeni okay taane?

  5. prashanth December 26, 2006 at 4:58 am #

    Nice post Aditya… lol @ treadmill 🙂

  6. Aditya December 26, 2006 at 4:47 pm #

    Thanks Prashanth.

    Veena, wouldn’t mind seeing a post from my mom either. I’d say she’s the most interesting person in our family 🙂

  7. decemberstud December 27, 2006 at 12:38 am #

    Aditya,

    ROFLMAO…..you so damn live in the airports, huh ? Extremely funny and very original list.

    Start blogging at the airports dude…web real estate is cheap….:) Very well written, really.

    Oh, one question though….”business” or “economy” ? 😉

  8. Aditya December 27, 2006 at 4:30 pm #

    DS, talking about living in airports…I’ve often thought that building apartment complexes in airports is not a bad idea… Something like Changi airport, everything in one place and imagine how quickly you could get to the gate! (I know, I’m sick ;-))

    “Economy” but my flights are short… 🙂

  9. Veena Shivanna December 28, 2006 at 4:45 am #

    Desi gaLa ideas match.. Economy or business 🙂 Idea rocks…

    Aditya avare.. nimma company avaru business trips free tickets economy nallaa ?
    Vijay, neevu ? Honda city sakkataagide saar… US inda drive maadkond bandra ? ninne nimmanna meet maadiddu Ranga shankara dalli santhosha aaytu.. nimma shrimathi avaranna yaavag meet maadisteero devarige gottu.. ayyo shivane…

  10. some body June 1, 2007 at 4:42 am #

    whoops the party is on here too! vijay, you win!

    – s.b.

  11. Hank Freid September 9, 2010 at 12:02 pm #

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