It’s Been a Long Time On the Road

Working Jul 16, 2012 No Comments

For me, this road trip is a sabbatical – an extended period away from work where (in theory) I’m not paying any attention to what’s going on in the office.  It’s four weeks of unpaid* leave, and two weeks of vacation.  Tracie, on the other hand, continues to service her clients, but is working a reduced workload.  There have been connectivity challenges on this trip, but they’ve impacted her much more severely than I; when I have no connectivity, I just resign myself to wait for the next town and maybe it will be better.  Tracie, on the other hand, has had a few client issues that needed attention NOW, regardless of where we were.

That said, I’m not completely ignoring the office.  I stay current on my email, and have responded to probably a dozen requests while I’m away – most are just referring people to someone else in the office who can take care of the issue, if it’s pressing.  Every few days, I clean out my inbox, because I don’t want 1500 emails in my inbox when I’m back in the office next week.

Today, I’m flummoxed:  my password has expired, and I’m in Red Lodge, Montana.  I can still use the computer (I’m using the Willis computer, as my hard drive crashed way back in week one of this road trip) but I can’t access any of my employer’s network until I change the password.

I’m torn.  It was so much simpler when I didn’t have to think about it, and the email was there for me to sift through at my leisure.  Now that I have to take direct action, I’m not sure if I want to go in and renew my access.

I think that I can go “off grid” for the next week.  On Wednesday next week, I’ll be back in the office.  I can live without corporate email for that long.  And besides, I still have email on my phone.    😛

* The Willis Choice Plan is actually paying me 50% of my regular salary during my 4-week sabbatical.  Not too shabby.


Bret Shroyer lives in Minnesota, where he enjoys outdoor activities and road trips in all seasons. He and his wife Tracie raise their three teenage children to be honest, independent, financially savvy and well-traveled. Together with their giant poodle, the Shroyer family strives to find excitement in whatever life has in store today. Bret's day job as a reinsurance actuary provides the resources and the flexibility to lead his family in their common pursuit of adventure.

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