After much discussion and debate the company decided to have me return to Dallas. We will be here thru next Friday and leave Saturday the 16th. When we came up from Dallas we made the trip in 4 days. Since it was the middle of winter we had to miss the storms and the window of good weather followed us accross the country. That was really pushing hard . We drove over 600 miles one day. We are going to go back a lot slower than we came. We are going to take the whole next week and be back in the office on Monday the 25th.
Now, here's the part that is hard to understand. There is a lot of work for me to do up here but they want me to fly back and forth from Dallas. I will actually put in just as many hours either way (although much of it traveling and doing no productive work) so there is no difference in the cost of my salary. They will just get less work done.
The cost of my flying back and forth will exceed the cost to keep me here full time, to say nothing of the inefficiency from wasted time travelling and the impact on my family life, but it will cost the company less since they will be able to charge our customers for my travel expenses from Dallas but could not charge them if I was here.
I bet this sounds as stupid to you as it does to me. I just keep telling myself that I only have about 15 months left until I can retire!