The idea of spending 30+ hours in a cramped airplane over the next two weeks isn’t particularly appealing. But one thing that I am looking foward to… the lack of cell phones.
Now, I understand that they are considered a necessity these days, and I feel naked without mine. But for the past year I have worked in an “open space” environment, and you can’t go 10 minutes without hearing someone’s obnoxious ringtone. Several times, because my coworkers tend to leave their phones at their desk when they leave, as opposed to carrying it with them (which kind of defeats the purpose of bringing a cell phone to work in the first place, doesn’t it?)
When my employer decided to tear the walls down in our office, we set some ground rules up front. One of them was that all cell phones would be set on vibrate, to avoid annoying everyone within earshot. Of course, that rule was promptly ignored by everyone except me, it seems.
So I’m actually looking forward to having several hours at a time where, due to “FCC regulations” (whatever), I won’t be bombarded with poorly-rendered 1985-Casio-MIDI-keyboard-from-Sears versions of “Hollaback Girl” or “Golddigger”.