Worn traveler

~ 31 July 2006 ~

Maps of US, England, Switzerland showing Cameron's crazy travels

From John Keats’ “On First Looking Into Chapman’s Homer”:

Much have I travell’d in the realms of gold,
And many goodly states and kingdoms seen;
Round many western islands have I been
Which bards in fealty to Apollo hold.

Last Sunday I sat down to pen an entry in my journal. Remember those? Pen, paper, handwriting? Well anyway, I soon found myself documenting the places I’ve been the last 60 days, and I must admit it’s a rather stunning list.

I imagine some of my more well-traveled colleagues (ahem) might chuckle at the comparative disparity between the amount of traveling I do compared to theirs, but for a guy with a growing freelance business and a 6-member family, I’d say it ain’t no walk in the park. Actually, I wish it were — I’d much rather walk than board another flight or get behind the wheel at this point.

Here’s the travel log:

  • Individual flights more than 1,000 miles: 6
  • Road trips more than 1,000 miles: 3
  • US states traversed/stayed/played in: 11 (WA, UT, CO, KS, OK, AR, TX, MS, AL, TN, FL)
  • European countries traversed/stayed/played in: 2 (England, Switzerland)

Did someone say rest?

I haven’t grown accustomed to blogging, feedreading, emailing, and all that stuff while on the road. I find it difficult to manage traveling and the work at hand, let alone all the aforementioned miscellany stuff. So if you’ve noted any decrease in banter here or replies by email, that might be why.

And if all this weren’t enough, I’ll be boarding a plane later today to visit a client in Portland for a couple days. (Just arrived home from a flight yesterday — didn’t even bother unpacking.) Surprisingly, though I’m not thrilled about the upcoming flight, I’m excited to be in Portland again — a vibrant city that has plenty to offer its visitors.

On a final note, I’ve been in Florida twice the last month alone, and both times I’ve been close to Orlando, narrowly missing one of the state’s best kept secrets for aspiring graphic designers. Valencia Community College runs, from what I can tell, an impressive program for graphic design students, led by Amanda Kern and other talented professors. Recent student work seems to speak for itself: I, II, III, and IV.

Perhaps the next time around I’ll make it to campus. Or maybe not, because that would mean, you guessed it — another flight. Ugh.


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