Pitch.

Hotel bar. Munchies. Wine. Ambience. All prior to an 8:30 dinner reservation at lovely restaurant mere steps from the hotel. Is this the best Tuesday night ever? I’m pretty sure it could be. Or, rather, it’s at least the best Tuesday night of September 2013. Har har.

I’m a creature of habit, and a giant fan of my bubble; I’ve worked hard to make it what it is. Travel takes a lot out of me, as I’m generally sick or plagued by a migraine following a work trip, regardless of length. That said, there are a number of things about my current trip to which I give two thumbs up.

If you have to travel for work, may your travels — particularly the flight portion — be uneventful and lacking in the stress department. Turbulence on the ground is bad. In the air, it’s even worse.

If you have to travel for work, may you always have an aisle or window seat…but if you don’t, may you not have an overly-cologned, still-drunk-from-the-night-before man sitting next to you and leaning in your direction…which, unfortunately, made today’s middle seat a tad smaller.

If you have to travel for work, may your travel partners be most excellent like mine are. They’re doing their Fantasy Football draft with beverages in hand. I am blogging, also with beverage in hand. Bliss.

If you have to travel for work, may your bed not mess up your back, may your shower have fantastically powerful water pressure, and may your in-room A/C provide just the right amount of white noise. Two of these have been confirmed in my abode for the night. The third will be known tomorrow morning.

May the coffee stash in your room not contain only decaf, may the bottled water be sans-fee, and may your next day meeting not be at the crack of dawn. Check, check and check.

Tonight I am thankful for a day of good travel, for the chocolates on my pillow which I promptly devoured the moment I set my bags down, and for a work trip that’s light (so far) on work — save for the email-checking at 41,000 feet. Here’s to a good meeting tomorrow, and hopefully a new client in the coming months.

Here we go.

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