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Pay, Stock and Benefits: C’est La Vie

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This was not a good day. And yet, it was not as bad as it could have been. I know I’m always writing about the little things that Intel does to help make it a great place to work. Sorry, but here’s another one of those blogs.

I was supposed to fly to Montreal today. Seems simple enough, right? Well, check it out—and this is a little weird so get ready—Canada is actually another country. I know. Crazy, huh? But that means it is international travel. That means you just need your passport to go there. Everyone knows that, right?

Unless you’re me. If you’re me, you just go to the airport and not just forget your passport at home, you don’t even think about needing it. It just never crosses your mind that you need it to get to the great white north. And that’s exactly what happened.

I look at it as, like, a volunteer activity. Through my stupidity, I basically volunteered to be the target of all the jokes of my co-workers. It’s helping them, in a way. It’s like a public service. Anyway, once I made it back to the office and lived down a small portion of the embarrassment, I got on the phone with our travel agent folks.

We have American Express travel services here in the U.S. We can book all our travel online on their site. And when we have issues, you phone them and, I gotta tell ya, they solve problems. They canceled my flight, with no cost incurred for the change. Actually, I suspect that they solve problems with some kind of magical travel powers (no - Harry Potter references were not considered at this point in the blog post). And they’re, like, courteous and stuff. Kind of just what I needed after the morning I’d had.

Travel can be surprisingly complicated sometimes. It’s nice to know that I can book online anytime, anywhere and call them if my bon voyage is not so bon. That’s French because Montreal is in Quebec. Which is in Canada. Which is actually another country. Remember that!