We Need Transporters
It is 7:41pm. I’ve been here since 3:30pm. I’ll be here for probably at least another hour.
Here is they lovely LaGuardia airport in New York. I thought I had it made today — had an evening flight scheduled, but there was a 4:30 I could catch if I got there on time. The cab driver was kind enough to oblige (I think I left my kidney on the highway on the way here, nothing like “get me to the airport as soon as you can” to suspend all care about suspension. It was “bouncy”).
Got to the airport, got my standby, made the list – get in the plane and into the very last row (well, it is near the toilet anyway) and settle in. One hour later, after sitting on the plane – “so sorry folks, but the guy putting the bags in accidently went forward instead of reverse and sort of bent the frame of the plane. We actually are not going to take you to Washington today”. So, get booked on a later flight, which of course is delayed. I’ll be working at home tomorrow I’ve decided.
LaGuardia is a neat airport. What I found most fascinating about it is that the airport monitors play commercials showing the excellent shops and eateries, located conveniently just before you get to security! What are they thinking, we are trapped on this side of “the search” with a ‘really good sandwich shop’ (I believe they make them a week in advance, to make sure they have them). Just on the other side of security though are some apparently really good restaurants - but of course you cannot actually go there as it takes forever to come back and you “never know when the flight will be called, so stay in the boarding area”.
But I’m not bitter :) I’m totally caught up on email, questions, the news, everything. So, a silver lining there. Oh goody — I just hit refresh on the Flight Status page, it is now a 9:50pm departure. Definitely working at home tomorrow.
Just finished the NYC OUG, it was really good. Part of the day was a Q&A panel, I always enjoy those. Sometimes I feel like I delivered a good talk and this was one of them. The audience was engaged, got a couple of laughs. That always feels good.
Now I’m just wishing I stayed overnight (might get my wish if I’m not lucky though!).
We really do need transporters like Star Trek.
I got my wish, I’m back at the Hilton NYC for the night. Everything got shutdown – bad weather back home. Oh well, that’s travel. Glad I had a very light day tomorrow, work from the hotel until my afternoon flight (nothing in the morning even).
This is something that always amuses and then irritates me. The anger people exhibit during travel. Sure, there are times to boil over and melt down, but when I see a business traveller just get out of control — that irks me. We (business travellers) know — it is a fact, planes will be delayed, cancelled, whatever. The people on the other side of the counter, they are not doing this to us, they would really rather we weren’t there (that the plane did land and did take off)
But the funny thing is - they do have power. If you are nice to them, it’ll definitely come back to you 1000%. There were some people today, well, enough said.
I go into what I call travel mode. I will get to where I’m getting when I get there and maybe I’ll have a conversation or two on the way there.