The Joys of Traveling

You may think that I was AWOL last week, having not posted anything since October 3.  Actually, I have been extremely busy.  At the beginning of last week, I was at the ATA (American Teleservices Association) convention in New Orleans.  It was a great convention, but the preparation for the trip, the travel, and the recovery from being gone have pre-occupied me for several days.  After working all day Saturday, I thought I was caught up, only to realize this afternoon that I had overlooked an important task on Friday.  Although that is now complete, I am behind from the things I should have done this afternoon.

Regardless of all that, here are some travel related thoughts:

  • It took two hours to fly from Chicago to New Orleans — and then two hours to get from the airport to my hotel.
  • A pre-flight announcement shared that the plane’s restrooms would not be available for the two-hour flight.  There is nothing like being told that there are no restrooms to convince you that you really need one.  After de-planing to use the airport facilities, we were told that the plane’s bathroom issue would be resolved before takeoff.
  • United’s check-in kiosk tried to upsell me twice.  First, five more inches of legroom for $39 (as I recall) and then something else for $19.  Someone in a hurry could unwittingly press “yes” to either option in their haste to obtain tickets.
  • United also lacked the option to purchase a “snack.”
  • In contrast, Continental gave me a snack on the return flight.  What a pleasant surprise — and quite satisfying as well.
  • Like every hotel room I’ve stayed in, this one also wasted water: a dripping faucet and leaking “flapper valve” on the toilet.  If every room is likewise functioning, I wonder how much water is wasted annually.
  • I lacked change to tip the shuttle bus driver.  Thinking I was being clever, I asked if he had change for a five — he offered me two ones.  I’m not sure if he was mathematically challenged or just greedy.  Actually, I do know; how sad. 

Anyway, that is the saga of my travels; thankfully a wonderful convention and lots of great people there, made it all worthwhile.

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