Travel day

Today was a travel day. I was up at 3:45 AM, and the towncar to the airport picked me up at 4:30 AM. Of course, it was raining out, and the driver surprised me by doing 80 MPH on the beltway, even though the roads were wet, something which seemed dangerous given the road conditions.

I was at Dulles and through security by 5:40 AM. My flight was oversold and people were already lined up to get on the plane. I had upgraded my flight weeks ago, so I didn’t have to worry about any upgrade waiting lists. We boarded on time, departed on time, and I dozed off just after take off. I woke up 30 minutes later to find I still had about 5 hours and was instantly seized with deadly boredom. I’m really beginning to hate cross-country flights, even in first class (which isn’t nearly as good as international first class).

Eventually, after what seemed like 20 hours on the plane, we arrived in L.A. on time. I was off as quickly as I could, and headed for the taxis. No wait, one came right away. As we approached LAX in the plane, I noticed the 405 freeway was jammed going northbound. The taxi driver knew enough to avoid that and took Lincoln up to Santa Monica, which was congested, but not nearly as bad. Taxi fare was $41 with tip. I checked into my hotel and then walked across the street to the office.

I spent the rest of the day in meetings and saying hello to people I haven’t seen in a while. I went to lunch with Jason and Enrique, who took me to Hooters in Santa Monica. I stopped in at the credit union to deposit my state refund check. Say Joy, the branch manager there. It was nice to see her, and weird to think that it’s been 6 years since I saw her on an almost daily basis. After work, several of us went over to Chez Jays for a beer. Near 8 PM, I headed back to the hotel and without having eating dinner, I read for a few minutes and then decided to go to sleep.