Thursday, January 13, 2005

A Day In The Life: Wednesday

Posting this a little late, but here was Wednesday's installment in "blog your life" week:
  • 4:00 am: Wake, check email, shower, and pack.

  • 5:00 am: Depart San Diego hotel; check office voice mail and leave message for wife on way to airport.

  • 5:15 am: Arrive Hertz facility, check in car, wait for bus, take bus to terminal. In the bay and visible from just about everywhere: #68.

  • 5:30 am: Arrive terminal, check in, navigate security and go to gate; check in with office while waiting for flight.

  • 6:15 am: Board flight. Check email on phone; read.

  • 6:30 am: Scheduled departure time. First delay announced. Weather in Chicago forces a ground stop on all inbound traffic. We wait. And wait. And wait. Our time moves. We leave the gate and taxi to a holding area. We wait. Time moves again. We wait. Process email on phone. Read. Wait. Blog from phone. Wait. Read. Wait. Keep client in Chicago posted about my status.

  • 9:45 am: Three and a half hours after boarding, we depart San Diego for Chicago. The movie is Wimbledon, which I saw on the way out, so I finish Blink on the plane.

  • 3:10 pm: Arrive Chicago O'Hare. Call car service to let them know I'm in and request a car. Exit terminal and wait for car.

  • 3:45 pm: Depart O'Hare and ride to client location. Check email on phone; check in with office.

  • 4:00 pm - 5:45 pm: Arrive at client and begin meeting. Topic: Prep for big speech next week.

  • 5:45 pm: Meet car and ride back to O'Hare. Try to catch a cat-nap in the car. Check on flight: delayed one hour 20 minutes.

  • 6:05 pm: Arrive O'Hare. Walk to Gate C 30 to try to board a very late but earlier flight; it's left. Walk for 20 minutes or so to get some exercise; walk back to B Terminal to get something to eat. See a flight leaving for Washington Reagan at Gate B 22. Head down there to stand by and get on.

  • 7:15 pm: Board flight for Washington Reagan. Read while flight boards.

  • 7:50 pm: Depart O'Hare. Listen to iPod and read. Switch over to listen to air traffic control on the headset. Over Cleveland, hear that Reagan is closed and flights are diverting to other cities.

  • 9:40 pm: Begin indefinite holding pattern. Hold for a while and finally get cleared into Dulles.

  • 10:30 pm: Arrive Dulles. Fog is exceedingly thick; the computer flies us all the way down to the runway. Exit plane and get on Dulles People Mover.

  • 11:10 pm: People mover finally arrives at terminal. Get cab and leave for Ritz.

  • 11:30 pm: Arrive Ritz Carlton in Tyson, Virginia. Check in and order room service. Check email and read a few blogs / watch TV to wind down.

  • 12:45 am: Lights out.

4 Comments:

At 11:39 PM, Blogger j said...

that's 15 minutes shy of 24 hours, b.a.b. no wonder you're so prolifically productive. sheesh.

 
At 11:52 PM, Blogger Everett said...

Well, not quite. I started 4 am PST and finished 12:45 am EST (which would be 9:45 PST). But a long day nonetheless.

 
At 9:14 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You never write, you never call. . .but at that hour of the night, we appreciate it. g

 
At 11:28 AM, Blogger C said...

Such a glamorous life...yuck. All that for 1.75 hours with a client.

 

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