I'm adding Military Advisor to my resume


On my flight from L.A. to Dallas last week, I noticed the game my seating companion was playing on his iPhone. It was Connect 4! (I still need to download that.) I mentioned it and he said it was kicking his butt and that his kids had added it to his phone. We chatted about kids and iPhone games and then our reasons for being on that particular flight. He was headed back home to Mississippi from California, where he'd been traveling for business. He was a Colonel in the Air Force. We both talked about what our jobs entailed.

When he found out I was in business and working on my MBA, he asked me questions about transitioning out of a military career into the corporate world. I gave him lots of advice about how to position his experience, what sorts of networking and research he can do over the next couple of years before he retires, what level and salary he could expect, and so much more. I literally could not shut up.

I have never been so chatty on a flight, to a perfect stranger, before. That guy knows how much money I make, how old I am, where I grew up, where I went to college, how long I have been married, how old my children are, and who knows what else I spewed out of the course of our flight. He was so easy to talk to, though. He must have felt the same way, because I know all those same facts about him.

Anyway, I hope that he does take my advice about joining LinkedIn, so that we can reconnect and I can get him linked up with a couple of retired military guys I know who are now in the corporate world.

It isn't every day that I get to advise a Colonel in the Air Force.

How to Unpack After a Trip*

  1. Open both suitcases up on the living room floor.
  2. Chip away at the contents for a couple days by only pulling out what you need right then.
  3. Realize you have no clean clothes, pull all the dirties out of the suitcase and wash them.
  4. Get fed up that the suitcases are still in the way on the living room floor.
  5. Dump out all the contents of both suitcases into one big pile.
  6. Ask your husband to put the suitcases back in the garage.
  7. Chip away at the remaining contents until everything is put away.

*Actually, I don't recommend this method. It is pissing me off.

My Life List: Visit All 50 States

I'm not done yet, but I added two more states to my life list for a total of 27 states visited. Last month, we flew into Kansas City, Missouri and then drove to Kansas for a family event. We brought the girls with us. The toddler has now been to six states (airports count!): California, Illinois, Florida, Arizona, Missouri, and Kansas. The baby has been to three: California, Missouri, and Kansas.