So what is a biz spouse you ask?

Biz spouses come in all sizes and descriptions.  Actually a biz spouse doesn’t have to be a spouse at all, not in the sense of a marital partner.  Take, Adeleen for example.  I met her in the laundry room the other day.  She is staying in the hotel with her sister. Sister travels around the heartland to train franchisee employees on the operation of some of their equipment.  So Adeleen goes along for the ride and the company.  She does their laundry and takes care of the administrative end of their travels.  Sister takes the company car and leaves Adeleen to her own devices. It’s a good arrangement and they share lots of adventures.

Another biz spouse is my very macho friend whose name I won’t mention.  He travels around the country from the north to the south with his wife. She has a unique position of doing short term admin jobs for a large utility company. They have grown children in Florida and Pennsylvania so it has worked well for them to see their grandchildren. Mr. Biz Spouse has a glass of wine ready for his wife when she comes in from her labors, they talk about their day.  He does a lot of writing and reading and is quite a character himself. He stays busy meeting new people and finding ways to be a blessing to those “never a stranger” folks he meets.

What is YOUR biz spouse story? Please share and I will include yours in a future blog.

Traveling Nurses

There are many occupations that travel around the country. Nurses have taken advantage of this way of life for many years. Often in these cases, it is the husband who is the biz spouse. I actually know of two couples who have done this routinely. One couple travels full time in a travel trailer and the other couple does the “snow bird” nursing. They travel to Florida in the winter where the need is greater due to the migration of so many to to the south and warmer climates. They go home then to Minnesota in the summer, where the need is again greater there. It’s a great way to see the country. Life is short so see what you can BEFORE you retire. Here is a website that answers many of the questions you may have about contract nursing opportunities.

http://www.nursezone.com/Explore-Travel-Nursing/traveler-stories.aspx

I met another bizspouse today.

I couldn’t believe my eyes….a female in the fitness room. Since our hotel is made up of 95% men, it is rare to even see a female and in the six weeks I’ve been here, I’ve never seen one working out. I was so elated to have found a potential friend. I was like a third grade girl on the playground, spotting a may be pal and hoping to say the right words to extend a greeting.
It seems that Edith is here for a couple weeks to visit Archie who is working at the local Chrysler plant. I think many of the guys staying in this hotel work there too. I see a lot of hard hats, industrial clothing and greasy lunch boxes. Her husband is here to do training. She didn’t say what kind of training but likely something about quality control and ‘don’t put out lemons’ so Chrysler’s stock will go up.   I doubt that her last name is Bunker but I didn’t ask. I didn’t want to look like a stalker in my exuberance over meeting a fellow biz wife. I hope to run into her again.  I’ve got my tennis shoes on and guess where I’m headed?