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Say hello to Lifestyle
Ilost an old friend of mine suddenly this week. It was my computer keyboard, a boon companion of many years, found unresponsive lying on my desk. Of course I did everything humanly possible to resuscitate it – tapped, slapped, shook and replugged everything – but it was hopeless. There was nary a flicker from its dead, dark LEDs. Needless to say, for your humble editor this came as quite a shock. After all, I’ve got work to do – e-mails to send, magazines to get out, stories to edit, deadlines to meet. Without my keyboard, nothing was going to get accomplished. So after a respectable interval of mourning – five minutes, tops – I rushed to the nearest computer store for a new keyboard.
Now perhaps here I should explain that for many of us who make a living in words, touch typing is key – pun intended. The typewriter in days past, and likewise its modern descendant, the computer keyboard, is akin to a Stradivarius in the hands of a classical violinist. No two are ever quite the same. The writer settles into an easy relationship with the keys so that the act of typing plays second fiddle to the art of writing.
So it was with no little bit of grumbling that I began trying out keyboards, typing over and over,“Now is the time for all good men to come to the aid of their country.” Of course, nothing I found matched the quickness and satisfying snap of the key action on my dear departed friend. But eventually I chose one, and I must say, it’s kind of cool; wireless, feels good under my fingers and it comes with its own mouse.
So, hey, after a few hours and more than a few typos, I’m getting used to it. In fact, I’m actually coming to like it. My keyboard and I are building a rapport.
Which is good because this particular month we need to be at the top of our editorial game. In this issue we debut an exciting new way for you to enjoy our magazine – Business Traveler Lifestyle.
This new section (it starts on page 39) gathers under one umbrella some of your favorite regular features, plus an original look at news that can make your travels richer and more satisfying. It also provides a crisp new canvas on which we can capture the colorful panorama of travel – the different places, distinctive moments, the unique sights, sounds, tastes and feel of today’s global community.
In the coming months these pages will be full of new topics. You’ll find Escapes To exceptional destinations and remarkable Gathering Places. Your travels will be both simpler and more productive for the ideas and products you read about in the Technology of Things. And what you learn about The Good Life will inform and energize your outlook on the world whether you’re at home or on the road.
Business Traveler Lifestyle captures the spirit of today’s business traveler – the feeling that all our journeys matter, that every trip is in some measure personal, and that each travel experience – whether you call it business or leisure or a combination – should be about discovery and exploration.
There are certain changes, such as getting a keyboard, that are thrust upon us by necessity. Others come to us out of a conviction that the time is right to take a fresh approach to what’s happening in the lives of our readers. Business Traveler Lifestyle is a change that comes from just such a conviction. “Now is the time …”I typed over and over. “Now is the time …” Now is the time for Business Traveler Lifestyle. My new keyboard and I are ready. BT