Sleeping Around

Where a person lays his/her head says a whole lot about his/her life, I think. If you look at this data over time, you get an idea of a person's routines, travel habits, and maybe even relationships. Whenever I heard a traveling salesman or musician say "I spend 200 nights a year on the road" or whatever, it would always make me wonder: where did they spend their nights, in what size chunks was that time spent, etc. It also spurred the question for me: how many nights a year do I spend on the road? It wasn't one that I could readily answer (at least with any accuracy) so about a year ago, I started keeping track.

Now I have over a year's worth of data on where I slept. I've put it together in this [visually pleasing] interface to share with you (so specifics have been omitted), but mostly for myself in getting a picture of what the last year of my life has looked like. Some interesting things I've realized: I haven't spent more than 11 nights in a row at home; nights at home vs. nights housesitting are almost equal; I've spent a month's worth of nights in a tent, 12 in a wheeled vehicle of some sort, 16 on a boat, and 2 on a plane.

Not only has this exercise served as a great way to quantitatively describe my lifestyle (or at least as much as you feel is represented in this data), it also serves as a great log. In 20 years when I wonder what it was like to be young* and free, I can see how I spent my time. This whole thing has been so fun and informative for me, I'm hoping to continue keeping track for years to come. I only wish that I had been doing it for the last 10 years as well.
Wednesday August 19 2009File under: travel, misc

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on Wed 19th Aug, 2009 05:55 pm PDT Andrew said:
Siiiiiiiiiiiiiic info brah! But what did you dream on each of those nights?
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on Sun 23rd Aug, 2009 12:31 pm PDT Wren said:
A little cross-browser issue regarding the calendar has now been fixed, so if you saw a blank calendar before, you should see what you are supposed to now. (This might be a good time, however, to think about migrating away from Internet Explorer, the bane of a web dev's world.)
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on Mon 24th Aug, 2009 07:29 pm PDT Juline said:
Impressive, Wren. I'm envious.
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on Thu 27th Aug, 2009 09:57 pm PDT rus said:
Where is Pouslbo
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