Useless Blogging

September 17, 2008

Oh yeah. Arizona.

Filed under: Work — steegness @ 12:09 am

In my junior year of college (like some readers) I went to Germany for a year of having my academic ass kicked in a foreign language. During my time there, I also spent three weeks wandering Europe by rail, rarely spending more than one night in any one place. When it comes to Europe, I’ve been around, if only briefly.

The United States are another story entirely. I’ve not really gone too far abroad in my own country (though I HAVE been in Canada, courtesy of Niagara Falls). Work apparently seeks to change that.

A little over a month ago, they sent me on a jaunt to Columbus, Ohio. It was exactly as thrilling as you expect “Columbus, Ohio” might be, made even more jaw-slackenly fun by the fact that I was there to listen to an Ohio Department of Education presentation on their data system. Don’t get me wrong — data is my life, and I dig it plenty — but this is the government we’re talking about here, and “entertaining” isn’t high on their list of traits to work into a presentation.

Now I come to find out that by the end of next week, I’ll likely have been to Mesa, AZ and back. Getting data out of our system and into the state system is an ongoing concern for our Arizona school, and as much as I can automate, there’s still got be some brainpower applied (correctly!) at intervening points in the process, and my boss and I don’t think that we can convey that well enough over email and phone calls.

If you’re keeping track at home, the furthest south I’ve been for pleasure is Orlando, and for business is Tampa. To the north, the aforementioned Niagara trip takes the cake (I’ve never really been north for work, aside from a class in Philadelphia). To the west, the limits are St. Louis for pleasure (for Ian’s wedding) and Dallas for work (HI SKWID). Next week will shatter that record, if things go according to plan.

And if you’re wondering, though odds are against it, I could end up in the following also-new-record places under the guise of legitimate work:

  • Boise, ID
  • San Clemente, CA
  • Appleton, WI
  • Reno, NV

2 Responses to “Oh yeah. Arizona.”

  1. Cece Says:

    If you make it anywhere near Columbia Missouri you better let me know!

  2. steegness Says:

    We’ve a location in Jefferson City. Straight shot up 63 should a trip there ever happen.

    Know however that Missouri, work-wise, is my nemesis.