According to my Marriott Rewards account, I've now spent 2,217 nights of my life at one of their hotels. I'll save you the math: That's a little more than six full years.
Yeah. I know.
But that's the job. Or, at least, that's the job when it's done right.
If I wanted to sit at home or in our office and pontificate on the Penguins, Steelers and Pirates, chances are pretty good most readers wouldn't mind all that much. Not right away, anyway. But they sure would over time. When I wouldn't be there, where the action is, where the questions can be asked, to substantiate what I'm writing. When I wouldn't be able to add vital color to the descriptions. When I wouldn't be able to snap pics or videos or see things that aren't shown on TV. When I wouldn't be able to share in the overall experience.
Check this out:
That map up there represents everywhere I've been in the past year, from May 2018 to May 2019. That's a total of 32 cities plus Pittsburgh. In many of those cases, I've been to those cities more than once. And that's just in the past year.