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My new position and the required mental shift
August 16th, 2009 by Jeff

Annnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnd I’m off !  (work, home chores, and the standard 9-5 thing)., and the Round the World (RTW) adventure has begun.

So to begin my blogging let me say that I really feel blessed to be doing this at all.  I really have a great life.  I have a beautiful, intelligent, and extremely well organized (and driven) wife; I have two great kids  (ditto the adjectives from my wife above – excluding the well organized part (their working on it))that are willing to go along with this adventure without any real fuss; Kate and I were working at and are now on Sabbatical from two great companies that were willing to let us take time for this odyssey; our families and friends have all stepped up to do what they can in support of this trip; and countless other things have just fallen into place.  Overall we couldn’t have asked for a better start.

As to more specifics on these first two weeks things have gone pretty smoothly.  However, I now find myself in the advanced network administrator position, which has become a little frustrating.   Our new netbook had a ‘serious error” shutdown at our first stop in Calgary and I ended up installing new BIOS and drivers, once I got connected to the internet.  I also decided to get an additional backup to our computer I could carry with us in case of a complete computer meltdown.  With the couchsurfing, hotels, and alternate living plans, along with our plane, train, and car rental as we go – it is pretty important that we can get internet connections.  I still have not resolved the issues completely, as we have problems with some wireless connections for no good reason I can determine.  The sucky thing is I hate to spend all my time researching computer issues when there is so much to see and do.

The above discussion leads to a new topic, balance in our travels.  By balance in our travels I mean, how do Kate and I balance travel, sightseeing and exploring our new surroundings with the kids and  life maintenance.  Although it seems we are on one giant vacation, we really aren’t (in the pure sense of the word).  We still need to manage grocery shopping (we are trying to cook in as much as possible), doing laundry (do to our limited clothing), getting in schooling for the kids, and planning our next stop (securing lodging and travel plans), and paying the bills.  In a normal vacation this is all set and done ahead of time or unnecessary.  Kate and I are taking a lot of time trying to get this stuff all organized and although it is required, it is hard to get out of the “we are on vacation” mindset, because everything like this we’ve ever done in the past has been a vacation.   I know we have only been at this two weeks, so I hope this part gets a little easier.

With regards to the adventure itself, so far it has been great.  We seen some spectacular scenery in the Canadian Rockies, stayed with great couchsurfing hosts, and spotted a few exciting  animals (I refer you to the critter count).  We just arrived in Vancouver two nights ago and the city is a nice really cool.  We’ve explored a great market yesterday and plan on checking out Stanley Park (on bikes) today.

Thanks all for following along with us and keep the comments coming.

 Cheers,

Jeff


4 Responses  
Tim Provencher writes:
August 17th, 2009 at 4:53 pm

You are a SLACKER!!!!

Hi Jeff,

Glad to see your trip getting off to a nice start. The Tom-Tom is working well….thanks for the useage. I may be traveling back east next week and plan on calling Alex E to see if he is available for an update. Not sure if I’ll get to Sonix….but will try. The initial two shipments are due to ship this Wednesday; 8/19/09. They (Sonix) seem very excited.

Don’t worry the AIT team will make it happen. You just enjoy yourselves out there ……where ever!!!

Tim

Sam writes:
August 18th, 2009 at 8:58 pm

Wow, it is just so amazing I am still in awe of you guys going on this trip…….. Well, best of luck, stay safe, and don’t go on any “shady” flights!

Patrick writes:
August 26th, 2009 at 2:59 pm

HI Jeff. Just checking in today after not reading for a while but not ever seeing you in fotos or even hearing about. I was wondering, is Jeff going to go? Glad you started typing. All the girl talk was… well… girlie. Not that that’s a bad thing. As with the rest of the world, I’m totally jealous. If you weren’t such a geek you’d have a MAC and wouldn’t get to fix things. I had forgotten all those thing you mentioned that you had to install.

Scott Melander writes:
August 27th, 2009 at 6:48 am

Outstanding guys! I know you shared this with me, however I didn’t think you were leaving so soon….Guess this means no cards/poker for a while.

I will follow your adventures, please be safe and pay attention to your surroundings….

Scott

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