Why you too should undertake a software craftsmanship road trip

I am finding my software craftsman road trip to be similar to an unconference experience but deeper and far more personal. I set the overall agenda. I am enriched by each fellow craftsman along the way and enrich in kind.

I cannot believe that this is unique to the Ruby community. And yet I have found that my shared love of Ruby has before, and now, lead me to places and people unexpected. Ultimately, I find that we are all the better for it: both the visitor and visited.

The long road between places is a uniquely solitary environment. In a busy world, where many of us constantly seek outward, the journey becomes a form of forced meditation. In the spaces between one destination and the next, I can only listen to so many podcasts and books before boredom ensues. I find myself drawn inward in a way that I have not experienced in years. The drive itself becomes a retreat, a respite from the world.

And I ordinarily despise long drives.

For those of you who spend many of your spare hours on the craft, I cannot recommend this experience enough. However, do be sure to share your learnings with the rest of us. Educating is part of what it means to be a software craftsman.

As someone who feels almost uniquely isolated from the world by the vagaries of life, the journey has reaffirmed my belief in the goodness of people. To those special few people who have opened their homes and lives to me, someone that they barely know, I am grateful.

Gustin Prudner, Andrea Goodrum, and their children Loic and Cedar, Geoffrey Parsons, and Brennan and Deborah Dunn: sincerely, thank you.

Posted by evan on Sunday, November 01, 2009

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