Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Welcome aboard!

I've been at my current job for nearly two years, and soon after beginning in August 2009, I had the idea to start a blog detailing my experiences on the road. As you might have guessed, I am a bit of a procrastinator, and am just now buckling down to get this going.

Actually, that's not entirely true. Most of my trips are spent working/driving 18 hours a day, so once I reach my hotel in the evenings, I tend to crash pretty hard.

I am a corporate journalist, and my company handles internal communications for various Class 1 and short line railroads across the country. My territory runs from Richmond, Va., to Miami, Fla., and everywhere in between. My role is to gather news for these companies' division-wide employee newsletters. On average, I travel every other week, gathering multiple accounts in the same five-day trip.

I spend quite a bit of my time in airports across the country, and have grown to appreciate the sport of people watching. I rarely come home from a trip without some interesting story about some disgruntled passenger complaining to the TSA, or a random act of patriotism as an entire airport welcomes home a soldier. Furthermore, the employees I interview on my trips have their own unique stories to tell, some of which I will share here.

This blog is meant to give you a glimpse into my world — the trips I take, the places I go, the people I meet and the obstacles I encounter along the way. It will be as much a tool for me to vent my frustrations as it will be a unique and entertaining reading experience for you.

While my job might seem repetitive, boring and stressful (sometimes is can be), no trip is ever the same, so keep your hands and feet inside the carpet and enjoy the ride...