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Traveling is a lot of work - cellophane
the story of an invisible girl
renniekins
renniekins
Traveling is a lot of work
Seven o'clock in the morning, wake up.
Pack, check out of hotel.
Walk to office, dragging wheelie suitcase and carrying ridiculously large laptop backpack.
Stop for a croissant on the way.
Work.
Walk to Whole Foods for lunch.
Work.
Quarter after three o'clock, time to go.
Walk to subway, dragging wheelie suitcase and carrying ridiculously large laptop backpack.
Figure out how to buy tickets and use T (not hard).
Ride subway to near-airport.
Ride bus to airport, arrive with time to spare.
Walk to gate, dragging wheelie suitcase and carrying ridiculously large laptop backpack.
Read for awhile, contemplate dinner. Not hungry yet.
Discover that flight is canceled, but they are putting me on an earlier flight which is delayed and therefore leaving later than my flight would have. (weather)
Board plane.
Fly to Philly.
Arrive on time to make connection, see with delight that the gate is right across the hall. Contemplate dinner.
Discover the gate was changed. Now it is approximately a mile away (seriously).
Connection is now very dubious. Walk briskly alllll the way to the new gate, dragging wheelie suitcase and carrying ridiculously large laptop backpack.
Board plane. (whew!)
Fly to Detroit.
Happily help out when flight attendant asks if anybody has change for a twenty.
Land in Detroit. Contemplate dinner, but everything is closed.
Limp to ground transportation center, dragging wheelie suitcase and carrying ridiculously large laptop backpack.
Bus to parking lot.
Scrape ice off car.
Drive to Mcdonalds - finally time for dinner.
Drive to house, pull into unshoveled driveway. Seems to have snowed.
Carefully walk in tire-track to front door, carrying wheelie suitcase and ridiculously large laptop backpack.
Open door, call "I'm home!" to cats.
Set suitcase down. Leaning over, ridiculously large laptop backpack throws me off balance. Nearly tip over in a splatter of bags and limbs. ("Ohhhhh, crap!")
Somehow manage to not fall over or drop anything, flailing about and painfully banging knuckles on door edge in process.
Straighten up. "Holy shit."
"Meow!", announces the cat, anticipating being fed.
Frown at cat. "Where were you when I needed you?"
Feed and water cats, plants, and fish.
Tend ouchy foot-blister by draining it. (too much hurrying through Philly)
Eat dinner.
Unwind. Write mildly entertaining blog entry. (hopefully)
Midnight. Happy to be in my bed, even though it's cold!!
Sleep. (anticipated)

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devnul From: devnul Date: January 23rd, 2008 11:34 am (UTC) (Link)
Walk to Whole Foods for lunch

This earns you the walkthemountain–and–devnul “Seal of Approval”®.
:)

When we travel we try to eat there as well. Pricy but yummy! Though given the cheeses I've learned the difference between natural/organic, and healthy. D'oh!

Glad you had a safe trip!!!

encorecrazay From: encorecrazay Date: January 23rd, 2008 12:16 pm (UTC) (Link)
Read mildly entertaining blog entry

Think she needs smaller laptop bag.
pi3832 From: pi3832 Date: January 23rd, 2008 01:31 pm (UTC) (Link)

I accept your challenge

  • Wait up at 7 a.m. EST
  • Take shower with water that randomly oscillates from scalding hot to icy cold. (Helpful for waking up, however.)
  • Drive through Newark, NJ traffic (jug-handles!) to vendor's HQ
  • Spend day training at vendor's HQ (custom-made LIMS)
  • Drive through Newark, NJ traffic (jug-handles!) to airport
  • Miss turn for rental car return
  • Exit airport, re-enter airport, try again
  • Make first but miss second turn for rental car return
  • Exit airport, re-enter airport, try again
  • Make first and second,but miss third turn for rental car return
  • Exit airport, re-enter airport, try again
  • Return rental car
  • Take bus to airport
  • Plane boards on time, 6 p.m. EST
  • Open over-head bin above my seat to find it already full
  • Pull bag out of overhead bin, ask who's it is, show owner new bin I'm sticking it in, stick my bag in my overhead bin
  • Wait on tarmac for an hour
  • Watch other planes drive around the plane I'm on and take off
  • Take off, make up time in the air, land in Phoenix at 7 p.m. MST
  • Wait on plane for others to unload, and new passengers to load
  • Take off for Las Vegas at 8 p.m. MST
  • Land in Las Vegas at 8 p.m. PST
  • Eat "dinner" at Taco Bell Express in airport
  • Take bus to car (Jeep, actually)
  • Start driving to Kingman, AZ, via Hoover damn, about 100 miles
  • Start hallucinating while driving
  • Pull over and briefly nap in remnants of Santa Claus, AZ
  • Finish driving home. Arrival time? I have no idea. Call it midnight, MST, which would be 2 a.m. EST.
Oh, and the next time, I caught an earlier flight, and got a room in Vegas. So much for the excitement of business travel. (But the good news? At the time I got paid for travel time. Yep, I was paid to sit on the plane, drive my Jeep, etc. The overtime on an 18-hour day is pretty sweet.)
From: writerwench Date: January 23rd, 2008 02:10 pm (UTC) (Link)
2.05pm Starts reading mildly entertaining blog entry
2.10pm Feels rather more than mildly entertained, comments.
2.15pm Realises should've been on the road five minutes ago...
specialagentm From: specialagentm Date: January 23rd, 2008 02:54 pm (UTC) (Link)
Hey -- that was my day! Except for the whole "coming home" part... I'm stuck in Atlanta until Friday.
jeffreyab From: jeffreyab Date: January 23rd, 2008 03:32 pm (UTC) (Link)
The important thing is that I now know why you wearing a knitted hat Friday night.
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renniekins From: renniekins Date: January 24th, 2008 07:08 am (UTC) (Link)
Sadly the heaviest part of my luggage is my work-issued gigantic 17-inch dual core laptop and its power supply. As long as I'm traveling for work, there is no getting around it. That's what's in my "ridiculously large laptop bag", while MY stuff fit comfortably in half of my wheelie suitcase for a two-day trip.

My backpack is heavier than my suitcase. It's a nice machine, but it's rough to travel with!
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