posted on Jul, 26 2016 @ 10:13 PM
a reply to: Flyingclaydisk
On only a handful of occasions have I ever had to board a plane for work and to be honest, the trips were short and the people hosting me shared my
enjoyment of alcohol so it wasn't too bad (although I have to admit I missed home at every moment).
I'm sure this is NOTHING compared to your travels because it only lasted a few nights but...
Many years ago as I was trying to prove myself I was covering the overnight shifts for the company that I was working for. It was very dull because I
was essentially there to sit a few hundred feet underground to take vibration readings every thirty minutes (which meant I had to stay awake).
I was young and only married for a few short years at the time and there was one instant that has always stayed with me (and your OP immediately
brought the emotions back to the front of my mind).
It was a Saturday-night-into-Sunday-morning and I was a few hundred feet below Roosevelt Island in NYC. Although I knew I was doing the right thing
by working (for the present overtime and for the future), I hated not being home with my wife and drinking and smoking and doing whatever silly things
we did back then. After spending X-number of hours underground, at around 2:00AM I climbed the stairs to the surface to have a cigarette.
I will never forget standing there, on the edge of that God forsaken urban island, missing my wife and missing my home and wondering what we would be
(what we SHOULD be) doing at this late hour..... then a "party cruise around the city" passed by and I could hear and see all the people dancing and
laughing and drinking and doing whatever else.
I was only an hour or so drive from home and my shift would be finished in another 4 or 5 hours... but in that moment, seeing people on that boat,
seemingly care free and having the fun I should have been having with my wife AT THAT MOMENT....
I swear... I might as well have been stationed on the moon at that point in time.
I want to say, "Hang in there" or something vague like that.... but there is nothing I can tell you that you don't already know. Hey, at least you've
accrued plenty of material to make some nice posts.