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June 3, 2015 in choosing transportation, driving options, flying limitations, food service | Tags: airline, airplane, BBQ, commuting, Dallas, drinving, Houston, Texas, travel | by brucefong | Leave a comment
Houston is my office space. It is one of the fastest growing city in America and it is the place where God has called me to serve Him. Falling in love with a city is easy when the love of the Lord for that city has preceded me.
Yet, my professional occupation requires that I keep a direct channel open to Dallas. That is where our headquarters is situated. They make the major decisions and determine the course that I follow while serving here.
Periodically I need to be at meetings in Big D. Getting to the city in the North is a puzzle. That bewildering choice is due to the nature of flying compared to driving.
I could fly to Dallas. The actually flying time is only an hour. However, you know and every commuter knows that air travel is much more than actual flying time.
Houston is so big that it takes and hour to drive to either one of our two airports. Of course when we all fly we have to arrive at the airport two hours early. We need to entertain the security folks.
A little arithmetic makes the choice of the journey a puzzle. To fly takes one hour to commute to the airport plus two hours early arrival for check-in and security and buffer plus the one hour actual flying time. The total is four hours.
The drive time to Dallas and our headquarters is four hours. When I fly I have to arrange for transportation once I arrive in Dallas. If someone picks me up then I do not have transportation around the city once I arrive.
If I drive to Dallas, then I can also leave when I want, makes stops along the way and return when I want. My seat is always comfortable and frequently my wife joins me so the company is exquisite. Rest stops on the journey are also up to me.
One of the discoveries on this journey is the meal service en route to our destination. Remember this is Texas. In this part of the world BBQ reigns.
Half way between Dallas and Houston is a tasty BBQ location. It has the unique traveling grill that often marks its location. The designers shaped it like a giant single action revolver with the BBQ smoke coming out of the barrel. You can’t see this when you are flying on a plane.
photo credit: brucefong cellphone photography