Friday, October 10, 2008

Friday Five: Business Trip

Over at RevGalBlogPals, Mother Laura writes:
...So for today's Friday Five, you're invited to share your experiences with the exciting, challenging world of business travel....

1. Does your job ever call for travel? Is this a joy or a burden?
My job occasionally involves travel, and while the logistics can be burdensome at times, the people I get to connect with are a joy.

2. How about that of your spouse or partner?
The Alpha hasn't had a business trip in a while, but when he does, it usually involves the corporate jet. That mode of air travel is a lot easier than flying commercial... park your car in the hangar and go. Usually he's back the same day. Down-side: If the flight is full, the last person to arrive has to ride by the toilet (really, by the toilet -- as in, if anyone has to go during the flight, you have to get up and move to their seat while the lavatory is in use). Up-side: There's a cool little screen in the cabin that shows a real-time shot of where you are over the map. (Kinda like Indiana Jones, I think.)

3. What was the best business trip you ever took?
Hmmm. Well... Congress on Evangelism 2007 was pretty cool, as there was a Methoblogger meet-up. Looks like we're headed toward another one of those for 2009.

4. ...and the worst, of course?
Well, it wasn't the trip itself. Back in my PR days I took a client on a mini-media tour to Chicago -- just one overnight stay. When we finished, we headed for our separate terminals at O'Hare, and there was a 30-minute rain storm... which resulted in a 5-hour delay for me. During that delay, they kept changing my gate from C2 to C32. Having come straight from meetings, I was wearing my big black dress boots, which were not ideal for tromping up and down the terminal. Grrr...

5. What would make your next business trip perfect?
I'm hoping the plans we made yesterday have us headed toward perfect! Though we don't work together, Mid-Life Rookie and I are attending the same event in January, so we've arranged to split a hotel room, saving money for both of our organizations and making it more fun for us.


Teri said...

yay for splitting costs while hanging with friends!

And boo for the tromping up and down the terminal in O'Hare. I always wonder why there aren't better ways--moving walkways at least, or tv screens where you can watch the other gate until you actually see the plane boarding and THEN you can walk down there. the back and forth is so irritating!

Processing Counselor said...

The January event sounds fun!

mid-life rookie said...

Looking forward to our trip together!

Anonymous said...

...corporate jet...

*waggles eyebrows*

The Alpha travels in style! Except when he has to sit by the toilet. But then, humility is a good thing, yes?

RevAnne said...

THought of the Alpha last night, as I sat by the toilet on a little jet from Atlanta to Jacksonville NC.
As soon as Im done with school, travel and meet-ups are moving up on my priority list!

Anonymous said...

what fun to share a room with mlr on a trip!! caught up on the last posts - love the major prize!!

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