Kevin Standlee (kevin_standlee) wrote,
Kevin Standlee
kevin_standlee

Made it to Columbus

My flight from SFO was delayed for a while due to a mechanical problem. They tried to make up time, but I knew it was going to be a close connection. Fortunately, they were only just starting to board the connecting flight to Columbus when I walked up. I was very lucky to get three seats to myself in Economy Plus. (The SFO-DEN flight was full, although at least I got an aisle seat in Economy Plus.)

Thanks to needing to be de-iced before leaving Denver, we were a little late getting in to Columbus. I had previously arranged to meet mwillmoth and his wife Jean, whose flight from Phoenix arrived a little while before mine. In baggage claim, I saw couple of other west coast fans who had been on my flight -- not surprising, if they flew United, as we all funneled through Denver -- as well as palatinate (don't know what his route was).

Mike and Jean and I clubbed into a cab for the ride downtown. When we got to the hotel, I paid my share of the cab, and walked inside, absent-mindedly leaving my briefcase in the cab. Fortunately Jean spotted it and brought it in for me. Thank you!

At the front desk, they couldn't seem to find me. I began to worry when SMOFCon chair Kim Williams came up and explained that Lisa had arrived much earlier today, and that Kim had checked her in to my room, putting up her credit card temporarily. I gave the front desk clerk my card to correct the records, claimed my key, and headed up to my room, where Lisa waited for me. It was very kind of Kim to help Lisa this way. It allowed her to move in her stuff, settle her pickup truck in the parking garage, and get cleaned up and relax before I got here.

The wired internet connection in this room didn't work. The wireless eventually connected, but is showing signs of flakiness. I hadn't any problems when I tried my wireless connection at home after the Reno trip, so I think my wireless isn't the problem. I called tech support on the wired connection, and left a message explaining the lack of connection. They called back and told me that they'll probably have to reset the hardware switch. I hope it will start working later; I much prefer a solid wired connection over a flaky wireless one.

Because of the short connection at Denver, I wasn't able to pick up lunch there, but I bought a snack box on the plane. Oddly enough, I don't really feel that hungry, only tired. I figure I probably should try to get some dinner pretty soon, however.
Tags: hotels, smofcon, travel
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