The Work Travel Thread

Discussion in 'General Chit Chat' started by Croatan_Kid, Aug 31, 2018.

  1. paulevans76

    paulevans76 Well-Known Member

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    Used to travel for all my gigs - worked for a small company doing consulting on large industrial construction projects from 2007-2016. I had never been anywhere and the I spend 12 weeks in Singapore and Indonesia. From there we did (usually) a month or two at a time in Nigeria, Spain, Canada, Australia, Colombia, Angola as well as domestic work in Houston area TX, Michigan, Chicago area IL, all over BFE TN/KY early on. Mostly in oil/gas/energy sector. The biz didn't survive the drought of projects during the cheap oil era. I stepped away just at the right time. Now I'm working at a bank and no longer worried about whether a developing country's cheap labor foreman was paying enough attention to their crew when they installed the clips on a section of expanded metal walkway 200' above some hellscape in some armpit of the world.

    I need to find the photos I took from the traffic in Angola. They legit had Dale Earnhardt and Calvin pissing bumper stickers. I couldn't believe it. Have some good job site pics somewhere too I'm sure, just can't find them here at work.

    Here are a few pics from the early days (most of the later stuff is on FB)


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  2. Andy J.

    Andy J. wheels for beer

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    Heading back home from London tomorrow. Got a sweet diesel C class as a rental upgrade. I visited the Coventry Transportation Museum (think Detroit of the UK), rode the London Eye, toured the Tower of London, toured the HMS Belfast, and drank a lot of beer and whiskey. It will take me 2 days to recover, but a good trip nonetheless.
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  3. Andy J.

    Andy J. wheels for beer

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    Bringing this one back from the dead. Just got back from Beijing China. Didn't have much time to goof off, but did go visit Tienanmen Square and the Wangfujing market.

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  4. 1-tonmudder

    1-tonmudder Doin my part to stir the pot.

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    Damn,all I get is dirty barns and shit hole junkyards.
     
  5. Croatan_Kid

    Croatan_Kid More parts than a 9 dollar chicken bucket!

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    I got all up inside this real big French girl up north... check out her giant ass :D

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    I also walked over to the 9/11 memorial since we went across the river anyway. It was a pretty somber and humbling experience. I was part of making memorials for the Havelock PD and Atlantic Beach FD with pieces of I beam from the towers, but to see those huge pieces of twisted steel and all of the videos, recordings, and other stuff was intense.

    The firetruck is Ladder 3 and was at ground zero.

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    This is the last column that was taken down during the cleanup. There was a ceremony and it was placed on a flatbed and covered with the flag. I never thought about the dogs that may have been lost and that part got to me even more.


    We also hit up Ellis Island on the tour. That made me extremely grateful to have been born here...I couldn't imagine getting off of a boat and going in that huge building and the overwhelming feelings that must have brought along with it.

    Oh, we were working in NJ at McGuire AFB/Fort Dix.
     
  6. Andy J.

    Andy J. wheels for beer

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    Just got back from Panama City. Stayed at a hotel right there on the water front and was upgraded to a suite. Walked around the downtown area a bit and drove through the old Panama area on the way to see the Panama Canal before going home. It’s a cool city.

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  7. oscar80

    oscar80 Well-Known Member

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    Third trip out to Vegas for security conferences. Didn't get too many pics this time. This was dinner at Top of the World.[​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]

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  8. Jody Treadway

    Jody Treadway Croc wearing fool Moderator

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    IMG_20170708_093522950_HDR.jpg IMG_20170709_113833446_HDR.jpg IMG_20180714_142944265_HDR.jpg When I was at the dealer, I went to WT Harris Blvd about 1-2 times a month for nearly 15 years for Chrysler training.
    Nowadays, I travel to go scout out new treating mills and to make sure my customers are happy with my wood.
    One of my bigger accounts is based in Chicago so I went there a couple years ago to solidify our company's relationships. Last year I spent time in Atlanta in some luxury suites after taking a tour of another treating mill.
    Pretty cool to fly into or out of airports where I know my company's lumber has been used. RDU, CLT, AVL among others around here.
    I'm currently shipping into Gaithersburg MD, OKC and Nashville for some substantial projects. I may have to go check on their progress later this year...
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  9. Andy J.

    Andy J. wheels for beer

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    Was in Paris for 24 hours this week. The weather was crap and the flights were long, but I did get to drink some amazing wine and eat fancy cheeses.

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  10. Andy J.

    Andy J. wheels for beer

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    Back from the dead. I’ve been in Hamburg, Germany all week. It’s been an exhausting, but good trip. On to the pics:

    Cool chair at the hotel
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    Anyone need a $40k Euro watch?
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    What is that stick next to the bidet used for?
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  11. justjeepin86

    justjeepin86 Well-Known Member

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  12. Andy J.

    Andy J. wheels for beer

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    Yep
     
  13. StretchASU

    StretchASU Got a real good set of match tires on there...

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    Currently in Austin, TX for a few days. Hopefully wrap up work early enough tonight to scalp a ticket to Tyler Childers. So far this year I’ve done 12 days in Atlanta, 12 in Vegas, 4 in Dallas, 3 in Phoenix and now 5 here. 9 in Philly in May and 5 in Chicago in June already on the books.

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  14. Fabrik8

    Fabrik8 Overcomplicator

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    Go to Franklin BBQ. You will stand in line for a long time. It will be worth it.
     
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  15. Andy J.

    Andy J. wheels for beer

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    It’s my last night in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. I’m not a golfer, but I’m told that the golf course where I’m staying (Slieve Donard) is top 5 in the world. I drank a few pints of Guinness upon arrival and am on a bottle of French wine at the moment. This was a good trip.
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  16. obullfish

    obullfish Well-Known Member

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    Ireland is one of my favorite places.
     
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  17. Andy J.

    Andy J. wheels for beer

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    I love the people and landscape. One day I’m going to drive this Skoda cross-country
     
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  18. Jeff B

    Jeff B pool boy

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    Have to drive to Columbus Georgia tomorrow morning be on the job at 10am.

    Come home Friday, Monday fly to Panama and come back Friday the 24th. Being a international service tech can be tiresome..
     
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  19. obullfish

    obullfish Well-Known Member

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    If you can make time go eat here while in Columbus. Best steaks and lobster in Georgia.
    About | Hunters Pub And Steak House - Hamilton, Ga
     
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  20. CasterTroy

    CasterTroy Motarded

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    Had fun last week

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  21. Croatan_Kid

    Croatan_Kid More parts than a 9 dollar chicken bucket!

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    Well...I haven't traveled anywhere lately, but I did hang out with a dude from the UK all day at work. He came over doing tech support for BAE systems.
     
  22. Buddy_Holly

    Buddy_Holly Professional Amateur

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    I’m a private contractor that travels around merchandising new and remodeled hardware stores for ACE and True Value. I just started doing it this past December, so I haven’t been a ton of places yet. First job was Forest, VA, then Gap, PA, and most recently Millersburg, OH.

    Ohio was a fun job, the store was operated by the Amish and was in a neat area. Work itself isn’t very glorious but I try to go out and explore on my day off each week. Hocking Hills State Park was a fun trip while I was in Ohio. Almost was able to go to Colorado next month which would have been awesome. The store was 45 minutes from Chinaman Gulch and I had planned to take my Jeep out there to go wheeling on my off days. Hoping I can get sent on a project out west soon so I can finally have an excuse to go to Moab!

    Hocking Hills

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  23. 1-tonmudder

    1-tonmudder Doin my part to stir the pot.

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    We were in lancaster PA back in march and the local True Value had apparently been sold to Ace since both signs were on the building.What's your thoughts on that part of the country?? We love to visit up there but care ZERO about living there.We were in Gap PA in April too.
     
  24. Buddy_Holly

    Buddy_Holly Professional Amateur

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    I have family in Harford county, Maryland and would move there ASAP if it weren’t so expensive, but I wouldn’t care too much to live in that area of PA. Lancaster county is an interesting area, you have the Amish, mingled with the families that have lived there all their lives, plus the transients that commute to Philly for work.
     
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  25. shawn

    shawn running dog lackey of the oppressor class Administrator

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