Jay Maynard (jmaynard) wrote,
Jay Maynard

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It feels just a little weird...

Once upon a time, at a previous employer, my job required that I talk to folks around the world. The first time it came up, I asked my boss, "How do I call Hong Kong?" To my great surprise, he replied, "Pick up the phone, dial 9,011, the country code and the number." No authorizations, no operators, no special codes, just call. Before I left that job, I'd become blase about telling the modem program to just dial a number in Turkey to make sure the access codes we were giving someone traveling would work. At first, though, it felt more than a little weird to just pick up the phone and call anywhere I needed to without having to worry about it.

I'm having the same kind of experience with Savail. My previous employer was quite parsimonious with travel: I always had to take the lowest fare, regardless of how inconvenient it turned out being; my hotels were always booked through Hotwire; and they didn't pay for meals on the road at all. ("You'd have to eat anyway.")

Savail is different. No, I don't travel first class, and no, I don't get to book the Presidential Suite, but I can take nonstop flights if they're not grossly more expensive, and I can stay in nice places, and I get reimbursed for meals.

It's the same kind of weird feeling. I expect I'll become blase about it again, but for the moment, I'm enjoying it.

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