May 26th, 2008

Kevin and Lisa

Slight Detour

Lisa called just after midnight to report that she was foiled by Indianapolis' freeways and ended up off-route because she didn't realize the northern beltway doesn't go all they way around the city. She reckons she'll go up to Indiana Route 32 and cut back over to I-74 there, stopping for the night somewhere in the area
  • Current Mood
    tired winding down
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Manga Kevin

Glad I'm Not in a Hurry

Despite not winding down sufficiently to go to sleep until after 2 AM, I awoke on my own a little after 8 AM. Reaching over to reset my alarm so it wouldn't go off, I found that I apparently hadn't even turned it on properly last night and it never would have gone off. Well, I'm glad I woke up on my own then.

I'm in no particular hurry this morning, though. I guess the real challenge may be in finding breakfast anywhere other than the hotel restaurant, as everything around here will now be closed for Memorial Day and with nothing to keep it open now that the convention is gone.
  • Current Mood
    relaxed relaxed
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Conrunner Kevin

Out and About

As expected, everything at the hotel/convention center area was closed this morning, so I went for a morning walk in search of anything that might be open for breakfast. I found a little greasy-spoon diner that served a cholesterol bomb of a breakfast, so I reckon it's a good think I walked about 4 km getting there and back.

Now I need to finish packing out of the room and store my bags for a couple of hours before going to the airport.
  • Current Mood
    cheerful cheerful
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Manga Kevin

At the Airport

Going downstairs to check out just at Noon, I found the GOH Liaison. After checking out and printing my boarding passes for my flight this afternoon, I asked her if any other guests were left on site but me. She said that Toni Weisskopf was going out in about fifteen minutes, at which point I realized she was sitting nearby with her luggage. I suggested that, if it wasn't any extra bother, I could ride to the airport with her. Sure, it's three hours early, but I didn't have anything else to do and the wi-fi is free at the airport and I've got things with which to amuse myself. She said that would be great, particularly because once I was gone, her job as GOH Liaison was done and she could go home herself.

I said, "Oh, you don't have to wait on me; I can take care of myself." She said that she knew that, but it was her job. I could understand that motivation.

She called the limo company and made the necessary changes, and we sat with Toni until the car came for us for the short drive over to CMH. Although my 4:45 flight today will be full, at this hour there's nothing going on here on the Delta C concourse. As this isn't a hub airport, there's no "bank" of flights coming and going. I assume it will get much busier as departure time for the various afternoon flights approaches.

There are certain advantages to such early arrivals. There were only two people in the queue ahead of me at Terrorization. I had my pick of places to sit. Unfortunately, most of the places where there are seats have no outlets, and most of the places where there are power outlets have no seats, except for an area labeled "Wai-Fai Beach," where there's a surfboard with power outlets and chairs. That's where I set up shop. I have two Super 14 Rugby matches to watch, books to read, and so forth, so it should be a pretty restful afternoon.

I have a long layover at SLC, but there are no quicker alternatives back to the Bay Area today, so I'm settling in for the long wait.

It's been a very nice weekend, and the folks from MARCon made me feel very welcome indeed. I'm glad I was able to add my bit to the proceedings and that they considered me worth their investment in resources.
  • Current Mood
    relaxed relaxed
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Kevin and Lisa

Crossing the Wide Open Spaces

While having lunch at Johnny Rockets inside the C Concourse, I got a call from Lisa. She's made it as far as Davenport, Iowa, by approximately this route. She reports that it's very hot and humid, and the clouds look very threatening. I could say the same thing here at Columbus. There is some nasty looking weather moving this way. It's a little more than an hour before my flight, and I sure hope what looks like a very sinister thunderstorm stays away for a little longer than that.
  • Current Mood
    worried worried
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