All things considered, I think I’m a pretty decent traveller.

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I have a trip looming… and of course there was a blizzard last night and the blizzard warning is still in effect.  We’ll see what tomorrow at 6 a.m. brings.

I’ve learned a few things from being a lazy perfectionist and flying a few times a year.  One of my new favourite ways to make a trip a little less stressful is to fly to a connection city (aim for mid-day or so landing), explore, overnight it, and then fly out at a reasonable time the next day for the remainder of the flights.  Depending where you’re from, this may not be so desirable for you… but for me, flying Regina to Toronto and getting to Cancun by 2 p.m. or so the next day without having to wake up at some unspeakable hour could be considered a trip saver.

I avoid checking luggage whenever possible.  Some people may enjoy being able to check and then proceed without having to worry about an extra piece of luggage.  I prefer to not gamble having my stuff damaged, delayed, or lost if I can manage it.  Invest in a rolling carry-on size bag.  If you don’t yet have one – I promise it will be worth it.  When a good sale comes up, I’ll be getting one with the 360 degree wheels – and maybe hard-sided.  Mine presently is soft-sided and only has the two wheels.  It’s workable and has been a solid companion… but I admit that my eye wanders.

Then there’s my trusty Eddie Bauer field messenger bag.  Good luck if you go looking… it’s from 2012.  And you can’t have mine.  The description says it’s made from a fabric called CORDURA but I suspect it’s actually be made out of mithril.  If you travel with a bag like this, I recommend stacking it top-to-bottom and left-to-right but not front-to-back so that it starts to gain bulk away from your body.  Air Canada, for example wants your personal item to be less than 16 cm/6″ for that dimension – but you can pack 33 cm high and 43 cm wide.  Let them add those “approved carry on” tags when they feel so inclined and then don’t remove them.

Get a small document folder.  The one I have is from jetpens.com (which is one of my favourite places on the internet).  If you print your boarding passes, or if you do have checked bags and need somewhere to put the stickers, or even if you might need a flat writing surface at some point, this folio is game changing.

FOR LAWD SAKES, WATCH YOUR LAYOVER TIMES WHEN BOOKING!  I find that sites like Expedia can be particularly treacherous when it comes to booking multiple flights (partly because of the multiple airlines available). I won’t even consider anything involving a layover under an hour at Calgary airport.  If it’s an airport I know I can maneuver well, then game on.  But I have run – literally, run – from one end of IAH to the other because of flight delays.  Reasonable buffers are your friend, particularly if you aren’t in shape.

If you don’t check in 24 hours, or whatever your airline allows, ahead of time, I have zero respect for you.

I don’t get in line to board with my zone.  Such a rebel, I know.  I hate waiting in line.

I’m happy to Sky-Check.  It seems to make the flight attendants happy and I’ve only had one issue (the IAH incident) where they sort of dilly-dallied getting the Sky-Check luggage to the gate.  Not their fault that I was running late by this time, though.  I’ll continue to Sky-Check if only for the karma.

What else can I say?  If you need transit, research options ahead of time.  Personally, I’m not a fan of cabs.  I’ve used Best Day Travel for booking shuttles (and excursions) with favourable results, and you can do this far ahead of time.

Oh, I hoard liquids bags every time I fly.  It makes packing easier.

I unabashedly take all the shampoo and conditioner bottles from hotels that I can.  They come in handy for transporting my own creams and potions later.

Hmmm… I bought the “pillow and blanket plus” set from Air Canada on one trip and I take it whenever I travel now.  The pillow leaves a bit to be desired but can’t argue with a $7 price tag for the set.

Wish me luck for tomorrow.  I’ll see if there’s a part deux post in it with some other quick wins/best practices.

On choosing the term “laziest perfectionist”

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After last night’s scanner-ramble, I decided to do some internet searching on the phrases “laziest perfectionist” and “lazy perfectionist.”  I suppose I’ll start with how I came to name this page the way I did and then get on with what I found after searching.

There is a supposed Bill Gates quote about hiring lazy people to perform difficult work because they will find the easiest way to do it.  Wasn’t really able to confirm it; I would say from a brief gander my estimate is a 70% likelihood that this isn’t the equivalent of an urban legend.  Even if he didn’t say it, it’s still a valid point.

I’ve always had a lazy streak and yet engage in neurotic behaviour.  I take a very low dose anxiety medication (10 mg citalopram /celexa to be specific) and attend counselling about every six weeks.  I work full time, take part-time classes, volunteer here and there, help friends with their resumes, do a bit of hairdressing, am an artist with an online “you design it, we handle the sales & manufacturing” site, read A LOT, randomly take on full-day art projects that always take multiple days, travel whenever possible, check out lots of cultural events, and still like to sleep for fourteen hours at a time at least once every weekend.  Every time I do something, I come up with ways to do it faster and at a better quality the next time (if I ever do it again).  

Work sucks.  Play is far superior.

Thus, finding ways to get work done in the easiest and fastest way tends to be an obsession.  Because – I want time to dick around.  That’s what I think lazy perfection is about; being so work-adverse that you actively find ways to do it so exceptionally that you don’t have to do it anymore.

My interpretation seems to differ from others’.  Urban Dictionary’s present top definition (March 3, 2017) of a lazy perfectionist, submitted by RayofSunshine, is “Wanting everything perfect and having high standards, but not have [sic] the will to do what’s necessary to reach them.”  A blog I found had a similar thought (though I question the lucidity of a self-proclaimed lazy perfectionist who has a fitness-related section on their page), and a couple websites that were so frighteningly similar to one another that I’m worried I unintentionally uncovered plagiarism.  You can check them out here and here and decide for yourself.

For me, lazy perfection can be exemplified with my morning routine.  You may expect a perfectionist to have full make-up, styled hair, and curated outfits.  I certainly maintain a particular “style,” sometimes charmingly referred to as eclectic, sometimes – more painfully – as interesting, and once, for a reason still unclear to me, as matronly. lazy perfectionist has their make-up done… likely to the lowest acceptable standards.  Very possibly they use the Jeremy Renner pro-tip: brows, lashes, lips.  I tend to stop after “lashes.”  I still manage to get told I look nice, particularly when I take a whole fifteen minutes…