In my real life, I work on a contract basis. I write code for a nice hourly rate and that’s about it. Since I’m not an employee, I don’t have to deal with stuff like reviews or silly employee surveys. I simply do my work and collect a check every week.
The downside of this arrangement is that I give up some benefits. If I have to travel for work, I pay for it myself. While my travel is infrequent, I always take time to figure out the cheapest way to make the 1000 mile journey from Denver to Chicago. Usually, driving comes out cheaper.
The work trip I’m currently on is no different. I left my home last Friday and drove to Madison, Wisconsin to meet up with a relative for the weekend. Because of her chaotic living situation, I hooked up with an airbnb property. That was an interesting experience as you’ll see in a moment.
Anyway, I’m far too busy right now to compose anything close to a coherent post. However, I have had my Rant Radar turned to full power the whole trip. Here are some of my random observations.
I am a calm driver, but I go out of my mind when people do their best snail imitation in the left lane. The left lane is for passing. If you want to go 55 while (insert one: chatting on the phone, facebooking, looking at yourself in the mirror), please move over to the right lane and stay there. I have places to go.
Equally annoying is when people fly past you in the left lane, get in front of you and then slow down. I have my cruise control on, so I know it’s not me. Continue reading