DaedTech Digest: Home is Where the Wine Is
Hello everyone. It’s been a good bit of time since I announced my vacation and subsequent return to the woods and my lake for the summer. I’d meant to post earlier, but it turns out that relocating and returning from a vacation cause time to get away from you. So DaedTech has been tumbleweeds dust for the last week.
Do You Miss Having a Home Base?
I’ll ease my way back in with something of a softball, and one that people as me a lot. If you’re used to a pretty transient life, do you come to miss home base?
This might seem like a no-brainer. I mean, if I got homesick, I’d probably just go home, right? So clearly I don’t, right?
Well, it’s not quite that simple.
My wife and I have spent a lot of time doing what’s known as slow travel (weeks or months at a time in places). And before that, I traveled 100% as a management consultant for a long time. So the last time I was routinely situated in a normal, single-dwelling life was roughly 2013. I’m used to travel and accustomed to transience.
As such, I don’t miss having a home base, really. I like variety. And I’ve gotten used to a pretty spartan existence without all that much stuff. I don’t really need more clothes than fit in a decent sized duffel bag, and we moved around for six months with only what would fit in a Jeep.
The one way, however, in which the lack of a home base wears on me is a purely logistical one. Things like mail, having stuff shipped from Amazon, storing supplies, etc. that most people take for granted get pretty weird pretty fast when you slow travel. Ditto things like finding someone to look after your pets or clean your place. You’re in a constant state of just having moved, which can get somewhat burdensome.
But beyond that, I love the life. Toward that end, here’s a photo that I would have posted if I’d done a digest two weeks ago on schedule when we were in Napa California.
- For any of you hustlers, entrepreneurs, or people aspiring to the same, you’ve probably at least considered the idea of a virtual assistant. If not, you should at least put it on your radar. Once it’s on your radar, check on this service for helping you find a VA. It took very little time to fill out the form and I’ve already got a number of frankly very impressive folks reaching out to me.
- In that vein, I’ll pick the Four Hour Work Week. This books is a fascinating read on the whole, and it’s also where I first heard of the concept of a virtual assistant.
- Here’s another in my series of code review rules for the SubMain blog. Some throwback rules about Winforms and Webforms.
- I wrote a post for the Gurock blog about the career path options for a software tester.
- I opined about what refactoring is and what it isn’t for the Typemock blog.
- And for Scalyr, I wrote a detailed and introductory post about the idea of verbose logging.
Have a good weekend!