a cautionary tale…

For the most part, I enjoy my 2.5 hour commute to Atlanta. XM Radio is a wonderful thing, as are books on CD.

I try to make two round trips each week…. drive down on Monday morning, spend the night and drive back Tuesday afternoon. I like to take Wednesday off, and then repeat for Thursday and Friday. On the days I’m spending the night in Atlanta, I put in 12-13 hours, and work a regular 8 on the day I drive home. Occasionally things change up, and I end up staying in Atlanta for 2-3 days in a row. When that happens, I still work long days, because I love the overtime and have nothing better to do.

Sometimes though, things dont go according to plan. One of the downsides is getting up at 4:45am on a Monday morning to drive into Atlanta. It feels like I don’t actually wake up (as in really really awake) until I’ve been on the road for about an hour. Yesterday was one of those mornings. I made it all the way to the parking garage at work before realizing I didn’t have my access card, id badge or debit card. (Normally I leave them in the car, but for some reason I took them in the house this weekend.)

This is worse than it sounds. I can’t park in the garage without the access card. I can’t get in the office without the ID badge (well, I can, but not without help) and I can’t make it home without my debit card, because it takes a full tank to get to Atlanta and back. If you add driving around in Atlanta traffic, then you end up having to buy gas to get home.

I’m screwed. Obviously I don’t want to ask anyone here where I’m consulting if I can borrow $20 to make it home. I’d rather not ask my employer since I’ll look like (or at least feel like) a dumbass. So, the plan is to get as close to home as possible (should be able to get within 30 minutes of home) and have my Dad (who fortunately will be in town by then) meet me, and give me some gas money or bring me my debit card… one of the two.

ya know… it’s funny that I don’t want to look like a dumbass in front of my boss or clients, but I don’t seem to mind sharing this cautionary tale with the rest of the planet. Oh well… these are the mistakes we typically only make once.

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