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Signs You're Spending Too Much Time On The Road  
User currently offlineLincoln From United States of America, joined Nov 2004, 3887 posts, RR: 8
Posted (7 years 4 months 3 weeks 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 2977 times:

So, I just got back from a business trip to the New Orleans area and I think I've finally hit the breaking point. Things I caught myself doing (so who knows what I may have missed)

- While talking to the cashier in the hotel gift/coffee shop mentioning that I was "glad to be home"
- Calling a friend from IAH and telling him that I was on the ground in CLE for a little while
- Tried figuring out who my rental car reservation in CLE was with (correct answer: My car was in the hourly garage)
- Couldn't figure out where to swipe the keycard to get into my apartment (correct answer: use the frigging key)
- Looking for the light switch "where it is in every hotel room" (correct answer: that's not where it's at in my apartment)

... I'm sure I'm not the only person who's done any of these things so road warriors* what have _you_ done that's made you go "I'm spending too much time on the road"?

Lincoln
* - I don't really count myself in the "road warrior" category -- I've only done 17 round trips by air and 24 hotel stays/50 hotel nights this year
** - My excuse for my current neurotic state is that I'm also trying to buy a house


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User currently offlineANCFlyer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (7 years 4 months 3 weeks 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 2961 times:

Man o Man. . . excellent thread Lincoln . . .

Back mid/late 90s when I was putting 300,000 miles a year on airplanes, this sure rings true . . .

Quoting Lincoln (Thread starter):
While talking to the cashier in the hotel gift/coffee shop mentioning that I was "glad to be home"

The Huntsville (Alabama) Mariott Hotel manager and I became pretty good friends. I spent over 200 days in his hotel in 1998. In fact, he replaced the room door number 501 with CSM PEPPER'S ROOM. That's no BS. I was checked in there for so long he gave up trying to rent it out.

Quoting Lincoln (Thread starter):
Calling a friend from IAH and telling him that I was on the ground in CLE for a little while

I still give destinations via Airport Code . . . had a girlfriend once that said, "what the hell is ANC?" D'Oh!!!

One reason - based onthe above - that I attempted, on every trip - to pick a Marriott. First, I like - and continue to use - Marriott hotels. Second, they are consistent. Especially the Courtyards.

Now Marriott has done some innovations in their floor plans and hotel layouts of late, so not all are the same. It was extremely convenient to be able to navigate to the Bar in the Courtyard without a great deal of effort . . . or map-reading.

Some of the newer Marriotts - either new-build or bought from another owner - present challenges . . .

Airlines . . . well, you learn your carrier and you learn how to handle them and their rules and press on. CO and US were my primary carriers. I also had HP as a Platinum member, but out of necessity only*. Once I learned the code at US and CO it was easy. I could speak airplane speak, I KNOW to say please/thank-you/etc and I know it's not the F/A, CSA, or Pilots fault if there is weather at destination and sunny at departure . . .  biggrin 

Great thread Lincoln.


User currently offlineMCOflyer From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 8691 posts, RR: 16
Reply 2, posted (7 years 4 months 3 weeks 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 2948 times:

Ask Seb146 and Go3Team. They can provide good answers.

Hunter



Never be afraid to stand up for who you are.
User currently offlineSW733 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 6372 posts, RR: 9
Reply 3, posted (7 years 4 months 3 weeks 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 2932 times:

Quoting Lincoln (Thread starter):
Calling a friend from IAH and telling him that I was on the ground in CLE for a little while

Oh gosh yes, I've done that. Just in June I was flying from LGW to MCI via PHL and got stuck in PHL for the night thanks to the amzing US Airways. Anyways, I called my girlfriend to tell her I was stuck in Atlanta for the night, she asked why, I told her because my flight was cancelled...that's when she reminded me I was transiting through PHL, not ATL, and in fact hadn't been to ATL in a couple years.

Quoting ANCFlyer (Reply 1):
The Huntsville (Alabama) Mariott Hotel manager and I became pretty good friends.

Was it still Steve back then? I forget his last name...at least I think he's the manager. I stay there too - if you're talking about the real Marriott next to Space Camp? (having gone to Space Camp in HSV when I was 11, I think it's pretty cruel to put a big nice Marriott right next to their crappy dorms! Wink)


I travel about 180 days a year (more or less...usually half a month I am gone so I am just extending that to half a year), and it has its pro's and con's. I can't believe the places they pay me to go to, but it can be EXHAUSTING, and you end up missing you family and friends, and I miss my girlfriend especially, a lot. Eventually, when I am older (I'm only 23) and want to settle down with a family of my own, it won't be worth it, but for now...I get paid good money to travel the world and do what I love, and I have an amazingly understanding girlfriend...couldn't be much luckier!

In March, I got sent on a trip from my home near MCI to Los Angeles for 3 days, Sydney for 5 days, near Johannesburg for 3 days, then I visited my parents and friends in Windhoek for 3 days, and finally up near Munich for 4 days before coming back to home sweet home. I think I took a week off after that just to get my sanity back!


User currently offlineFlyDeltaJets87 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (7 years 4 months 3 weeks 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 2918 times:

Quoting ANCFlyer (Reply 1):
I still give destinations via Airport Code . . . had a girlfriend once that said, "what the hell is ANC?" D'Oh!!!

You aren't the only one. I do quite a bit, at least online. I always refer to Cincinnati as either "Cincy" or "CVG". If I'll be using the city name several times but know it's a code people aren't familiar with, I'll put the Airport Code in parenthesis once and then refer to the city by the airport code from then on it.

Quoting ANCFlyer (Reply 1):
Mariott Hotel

Pffffffttt....Marriots.

Signed,
The US Air Force.   

Quoting Lincoln (Thread starter):
* what have _you_ done that's made you go "I'm spending too much time on the road"?

When you've flown through ATL enough times to wonder why on the tram, every concourse it's "The next station is Concourse ____, as in _____ (Phonetic Alphabet), eg, "A as in 'Alapha'." for every Concourse except "D". On the tram, it's "D as in David". You think of all airports, for ATL it would be "D as in DELTA".  wink 

[Edited 2007-08-05 05:46:11]

User currently offlineSW733 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 6372 posts, RR: 9
Reply 5, posted (7 years 4 months 3 weeks 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 2911 times:

Quoting FlyDeltaJets87 (Reply 4):
eg, "A as in 'Alapha'." for every Concourse except "D". On the tram, it's "D as in David". You think of all airports, for ATL it would be "D as in DELTA".

I remember that ATC doesn't say "Delta" for "D" in ATL...but I forget what they use...is it "David" too?


User currently offlineOB1504 From United States of America, joined Jul 2004, 3448 posts, RR: 6
Reply 6, posted (7 years 4 months 3 weeks 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 2911 times:

Quoting FlyDeltaJets87 (Reply 4):
You think of all airports, for ATL it would be "D as in DELTA".

Actually, they avoid using "D as in Delta" to avoid confusing passengers: "Oh, I'm on a Delta flight, I should get off at D!"


User currently offlineWildcatYXU From Canada, joined May 2006, 2661 posts, RR: 5
Reply 7, posted (7 years 4 months 3 weeks 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 2837 times:

Quoting ANCFlyer (Reply 1):
CSM PEPPER'S ROOM.

Your last name is Pepper?


User currently offlineHelvknight From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (7 years 4 months 3 weeks 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 2803 times:

Quoting WildcatYXU (Reply 7):
Your last name is Pepper?

 Big grin Big grin

He is quite often known as Pep on here. (On Another Site he is sometimes called other things Big grin)

One that got me is after I had done a series of road trips and boarded yet another LX A320 and the purser greeted me by name. Now if I was in C that would be quite understandable but I was travelling widget class. I thought then "I seem to be traveling a lot at the moment"


User currently offlineStrasserB From Singapore, joined Nov 2005, 1541 posts, RR: 6
Reply 9, posted (7 years 4 months 3 weeks 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 2794 times:

Quoting WildcatYXU (Reply 7):
Your last name is Pepper?

See a.net "About":

John F. Pepper
Forum Moderator
United States

AKA The Hat  biggrin 



Still, even in the most arid desert is an airport somewhere ...
User currently offlineDeltaGator From United States of America, joined Sep 2005, 6341 posts, RR: 13
Reply 10, posted (7 years 4 months 3 weeks 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 2784 times:

Quoting Lincoln (Thread starter):
Signs You're Spending Too Much Time On The Road

Before the advent of cell phones for everyone I would have also added you kept trying to dial 9 to get an outside line when at home.

Quoting ANCFlyer (Reply 1):
I attempted, on every trip - to pick a Marriott. First, I like - and continue to use - Marriott hotels. Second, they are consistent. Especially the Courtyards.

Yes they are. I've hotched myself to them for this vary reason and because they have price points in every level for every type of client I deal with. I had over a 100 nights in the Racine, WI Marriott back in 2000 and they took great care of me though I didn't get my own room like Pep.

I knew I had been on the road too long when about 2 months into the stay I was greated by name when walking in the door one evening and within a few weeks after that even the maids knew my name and would greet me.

Plus until Paris Hilton is dead and gone I don't want to give that jackass family a dime of mine or my client's money.

Quoting ANCFlyer (Reply 1):
The Huntsville (Alabama) Mariott Hotel manager and I became pretty good friends. I spent over 200 days in his hotel in 1998.

I was moved away by then but what took you to the great Rocket City?



"If you can't delight in the misery of others then you don't deserve to be a college football fan."
User currently offlineWildcatYXU From Canada, joined May 2006, 2661 posts, RR: 5
Reply 11, posted (7 years 4 months 3 weeks 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 2769 times:

Quoting StrasserB (Reply 9):

John F. Pepper
Forum Moderator
United States

His name is Pepper and he's a retired sergeant. Sergeant Pepper...If that ain't cool, nothing is...


User currently offlineTZ757300 From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 2877 posts, RR: 6
Reply 12, posted (7 years 4 months 3 weeks 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 2765 times:

Quoting WildcatYXU (Reply 11):
Sergeant Pepper.

To keep things accurate, He was a CSM so I believe (Pep, correct me if I'm wrong) you would call him Sergeant Major Pepper.

But yes, that would be highly funny.



LETS GO MOUNTAINEERS!
User currently offlineMCOflyer From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 8691 posts, RR: 16
Reply 13, posted (7 years 4 months 3 weeks 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 2760 times:

When your s/m quits asking you where you've been.
You can sleep nearly anywhere.

Hunter



Never be afraid to stand up for who you are.
User currently offlineDeltAirlines From United States of America, joined May 1999, 8914 posts, RR: 12
Reply 14, posted (7 years 4 months 3 weeks 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 2752 times:

It always strikes me as scary that people come up to me asking me what airport XYZ is like to travel through, since they (the once a year flyer) will be going through there soon, and I'll quote them where each restaurant is, which ones are good and which to avoid, where you can find a power plug for your laptop, where to relax, where it's crazy, etc and roughly where your flight should arrive and depart from and how to get there as quick as possible. At least I don't tell them which club rooms they should go to (for the most part; I've probably slipped that in once or twice).

User currently offlineLincoln From United States of America, joined Nov 2004, 3887 posts, RR: 8
Reply 15, posted (7 years 4 months 3 weeks 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 2742 times:

Quoting ANCFlyer (Reply 1):
The Huntsville (Alabama) Mariott Hotel manager and I became pretty good friends. I spent over 200 days in his hotel in 1998. In fact, he replaced the room door number 501 with CSM PEPPER'S ROOM. That's no BS. I was checked in there for so long he gave up trying to rent it out.

That's awesome. I thought it was bad enough that the housekeeper at the Hampton Inn in Petoskey, MI was greeting me by name (with a "So, you'll be back in a couple of weeks, right?") (That project has since been finished, but that was one of the most hospitable Hampton Inns I've been at

Lincoln
(My wagon has been hitched to the Hilton family since at least one of their properties is everywhere I need to go)



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User currently offlineSW733 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 6372 posts, RR: 9
Reply 16, posted (7 years 4 months 3 weeks 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 2733 times:

Quoting Lincoln (Reply 15):
That's awesome. I thought it was bad enough that the housekeeper at the Hampton Inn in Petoskey, MI was greeting me by name (with a "So, you'll be back in a couple of weeks, right?")

That happens to me at the Hilton Wichita Airport...good times. It's nice. But also kinda sad!  Wink


User currently offlineMCOflyer From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 8691 posts, RR: 16
Reply 17, posted (7 years 4 months 3 weeks 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 2729 times:

Quoting SW733 (Reply 16):
But also kinda sad! Wink

Whys that?

Hunter



Never be afraid to stand up for who you are.
User currently offlineSW733 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 6372 posts, RR: 9
Reply 18, posted (7 years 4 months 3 weeks 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 2714 times:

Quoting MCOflyer (Reply 17):
Whys that?

Well that means I am visiting Wichita, Kansas WAYYYYYYYY too much.


User currently offlineMCOflyer From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 8691 posts, RR: 16
Reply 19, posted (7 years 4 months 3 weeks 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 2690 times:

Quoting SW733 (Reply 18):

Well that means I am visiting Wichita, Kansas WAYYYYYYYY too much.

Why were you there?

Hunter



Never be afraid to stand up for who you are.
User currently offlineAlexPorter From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 20, posted (7 years 4 months 3 weeks 6 days ago) and read 2641 times:

Quoting OB1504 (Reply 6):
Actually, they avoid using "D as in Delta" to avoid confusing passengers: "Oh, I'm on a Delta flight, I should get off at D!"

Right, especially since D is the concourse that has lots of non-Delta airlines (although some DL Connection flights are there).


User currently offlineSW733 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 6372 posts, RR: 9
Reply 21, posted (7 years 4 months 3 weeks 6 days ago) and read 2640 times:

Quoting MCOflyer (Reply 19):
Why were you there?

Well I work in aerospace engineering so between Boeing, Cessna, Hawker Beechcraft, Spirit AeroSystems, and Learjet, I am there a lot.


User currently offlineJafa39 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 22, posted (7 years 4 months 3 weeks 6 days ago) and read 2633 times:

I travel NZ so regularly and use the same chain of motels (Bella Vista) that I sometimes have to look in my diary to know where I am.

User currently offlineLincoln From United States of America, joined Nov 2004, 3887 posts, RR: 8
Reply 23, posted (7 years 4 months 3 weeks 6 days ago) and read 2626 times:

Quoting Jafa39 (Reply 22):
I sometimes have to look in my diary to know where I am.

Been there... Once I was in ... I think it was a Doubletree where the phone in the room didn't have the address on it, so I resorted to using the license plates of cars in the parking lot to figure out which state I was in (I was too embarrassed to call the front desk and ask!)

Lincoln



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User currently offlineJafa39 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 24, posted (7 years 4 months 3 weeks 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 2602 times:

Quoting Lincoln (Reply 23):
I resorted to using the license plates of cars in the parking lot to figure out which state I was in

Could have been embarrasing if they'd all have been from out of state, like a Mormon conference or something!!!


25 Post contains images ANCFlyer : That's the one. I had room 501, end of the building on the Concierge level . . . . I liked it because it was a tad bigger than the other rooms on tha
26 SmithAir747 : I've spent an awful lot of time on the road myself! (Both in the air and on the road) One sign that I have spent too much time on the road: My favorit
27 AsstChiefMark : Truckers asleep at the wheel.
28 Lincoln : I thought that was a given! My routiene in that regard, when traveling for business, is - Park on Level 3 of the CLE hourly garage, remove clothes an
29 EasternSon : I don't travel as much as some, but there have been times when, weeks on end, I've been in different cities. Earlier this year, in a 45 day stretch, I
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