I returned to my old schedule, just for a week. It all started on an overnight New York flight on Sunday. Since flights have been so inconsistent lately, I had to stop in Washington DC for a "quick" connection, which turned out to be several hours. Delays are pretty common these days. However, if you're meeting a large group of people from all over the country and no one makes it on time, it may be time to look at our air travel system.
In the middle of the week, I rerouted myself to a last minute job in Texas. I had a 20 minute connection in Cleveland, so the airline decided to reroute me through Chicago. It took an extra 10 hours to get to my destination, since I missed the last connecting flight. In the tradition of a true road warrior, I decided to reroute myself to the closest available airport with a flight and drive through the night.
This was one of the few times that I didn't pack too much extra stuff for an "emergency" add-on trip. After all, it's been almost a year and over 200,000 miles since I had to add a few days to an existing trip. At least I didn't tear the seam of my pants like I did in Cleveland several years ago. Also, I didn't give the airline a reason to lose my luggage, as I carried everything on the plane. However, I still needed to get the WalMart suit, and get some other extra clothes and stuff. I did still manage to twist my ankle and wind up in extreme amounts of pain on Saturday. Some things never change...
I finally limped my way back home, and I'm still limping along. That was one of the longest weeks I've had in a while. Let's not do that again.