The train slowed to a halt. Joe hopped to the platform and waited as his bags were handed down. He walked to the car rental desk in the station and picked up the keys for the car he’d reserved from Hotwire.com. He mentally thanked the shipmate who recommended Hotwire.com to him and told him about the special discounts he could get using a Groupon promo code to make his travel arrangements. It made it easier to prepare for his first weeks in business. He signed the rental papers, got his luggage and began the drive home.
Joe had been overseas more than a year. In that time he’d sailed from the East Coast to the Far East, and from the North Sea to the South Atlantic. Unfortunately, he hadn’t personally seen many of these spots; one of the minor disadvantages of serving aboard a nuclear attack submarine that stayed underwater for extended time. When they did surface for resupply and replenishment, Joe took advantage of the opportunity to play tourist for the brief time ashore. Otherwise he concentrated on honing his skills for the business he planned to start when he left the service. Now that time had come, and he was eager to return to the home town he’d left four years ago.
“Home” would be the plot he’d bought after returning from boot camp. It was a rundown gas station but Joe saw it as the perfect site for a computer business. Plenty of parking and storage space, with room in the back to live. He knew the day would come when the location would be real valuable as folks got tired of commuting downtown. He’d be there on the corner to greet them. He made a purchase agreement with the local bank, who were glad to give favorable terms to a serviceman who would buy a property nobody else wanted. Joe negotiated low-interest business start-up loans for the improvements he wanted. So when he got home “Joe’s Computer Repair Service” would be ready to open. And the business would offer special reduced rates and Groupon coupons to customers and students; when Joe was in school he’d keenly felt the lack of available computer hardware service for folks who needed help keeping their systems operating. Now he looked forward to filling that void for future generations.