Sometimes I feel guilty when I schedule stuff like this. And then I remember that as much as I love my family, the salary Novell is paying me is sufficient that they DO deserve some serious claims on my time… especially when something important comes up.
My travel schedule just picked up an extra week of bookings — two trips in one week. That means that between September 10th and September 29th, I’ll be at home for roughly (tapping on calculator while looking at calendar) four days. Give or take a few hours.
THIS is why I hammer on the buffer the way I do. This is also why RIGHT NOW I’m booking two days of vacation immediately following the last trip, and why I’ll be pressing to get an additional three the week following. Sure, the salary means they get to drag me all over the planet, but I also accumulate 9 hours of vacation time every pay period, and that means my family gets to drag me back.
p.s. I’ll post details later, but right now it looks like I may have free cycles in NYC on the evening of the 21st of September, and maybe in the afternoon and evening in Montreal on the 22nd.