I’m heading off to Santa Monica shortly. I’ll be there through Thursday, and then head home on Friday, which is also my birthday. In a continuing string of coincidences, this is the third time in a row that I’ve flown the day after some kind of major plane crash. I flew a day after the US Airways flight landed in the Hudson River. I flew again the day after the plane crash in Buffalo last month. And this morning, I awoke to discover, not one, but two plane crashes: a FedEx flight in Japan, and a chartered flight in Montana. Of course, there has been an increase in the number of incidents lately, and I’ve flown every month for the last three months, so maybe it’s not so much a coincidence as a statistical probability.
I’ve got a busy week in Santa Monica. Not only am I in retreat meetings from 8-5 pm Tuesday through Thursday, but I have a series of lunches and dinners scheduled. Tonight, I am having dinner with my friend Neil, who I haven’t seen since graduating from Porter Junior High School back in the summer of 1987–roughly 22 years ago. I’m really looking forward to seeing him. Tomorrow evening is our retreat dinner. Wednesday evening is our 3rd annual happy hour at El Cholo. Thursday, Mom and Dad are coming out to Santa Monica for dinner. And then there are the lunches.
The travel day (today) is always the long day. I was up at 4 am for no other reason than I couldn’t sleep. The car to the airport is picking me up at 6 am. Factoring in the time change, I arrive in L.A. around noon, and then have work and meetings scheduled until about 6 pm. I’m meeting Neil around 7 pm, and probably won’t get to bed until sometime around 10 pm (1 am Eastern time), which makes it roughly a 21 hour day.
I have work to do on the plane, but I also hope to squeeze in some writing on the March story, especially since March is rapidly coming to an end. The March story will likely move into April, but I’ll do the best I can.
I’ve upgraded my flight (both ways) and I’ve heard that United has made improvements to their domestic First Class cabins, particularly on their 767s, which I’m flying today. I’ll let you know later this afternoon.