I’ve traveled a fair bit, and I’m happy with where I’ve been and what I’ve done thus far. But, there are two “almosts” that still sting when I think about them. 😉
Destination #1: South Pole Station, Antarctica.
No, seriously. Back in 2011, I interviewed for a position at the South Pole… not McMurdo, understand, but the literal “I am at the very bottom of the world” South Pole. My experience in Iraq managed to land me the position, and I was all set to go to the land of three showers a week and altitude sickness, when… to my dismay… the gentleman from the previous year decided to return to the pole. I was bumped to “backup guy,” thus ending my chance to travel to the South Pole for fun and profit.
Now, I have not given up on Antarctica… but I’m not sure that the stars are likely to align for the actual South Pole again. Ah well.
Destination #2: Marshall Islands, South Pacific.
While I was camping out at Camp Leatherneck in Afghanistan, our contract renewal started getting a little sketchy. Because I was an experienced contractor who knew not to trust the contracting agencies, I started looking for work. One of the more interesting opportunities was a position as a system administrator in the Marshall Islands. The interviewers and I hit it off immediately… we ended up talking about random things for about an hour post-interview. Alas, the contract length of two years conflicted with my law school plans and the lack of high speed Internet interfered with my MS studies, so I had to say no. Thus, my chance to live on a tiny island in the South Pacific a mere 100 miles from an atomic test site was quashed.
This one isn’t necessarily out forever, though. Should I decide to discard this silly law school notion, I could probably apply and go. As it does not currently align with my long term plan, though… it’ll probably never happen.
South Pole image copyright Christopher Michael, who in no way endorses my travel angst.