Travels and travails

I'm home. Nothing spectacular about it, but it took long enough. When I flew to Louisville, I wore a sweatshirt. I thought I was going to have a heat stroke before I got off the plane at my destination.

Today I wore a tee shirt. It snowed in Denver, and not only that, we didn't get to use a jetway. We had to deplane outside and walk to the terminal through the snow.

Airport people are always fun. There was the bossy lady who treated a waitress like her dog. It really doesn't take much effort to say please and thank you, but it was beyond this lady. There seem to be a lot more of the big backpack crowd. They're always in a hurry or posing somewhere, just in case LL Bean might be watching. They're the ones who huff when someone in a wheelchair gets ahead of them.

Stalking a source of power in the terminal is a popular pastime. Gadgets need recharging, and travel can be an all day ordeal.

I saw many more paper books this trip than the last time. When I went to Atlanta, everyone was into YouTube videos. This time there were books, mostly paper ones. I saw a few Kindles and iPads being used for reading, but maybe I ought to take the hint. The video crowd seemed to all be watching movies this time. Have YouTube videos run their course? I doubt it, or after my last trip I could have declared books have run their course.

I read half a book myself, and will try to get the rest done with some priority. It is an ARC read for a friend, and I don't want her to wait forever.

I swear the stewardess from Denver to Boise said, “The CRJ 700 has had all the seat cushioning removed, and all the lumbar support removed for your convenience. United wants you to remember your trip for the next few weeks.”

These seats were plastic with leather, but no padding at all. I'm going to remember this trip by not being able to crawl out of bed tomorrow.

I never did get out to one of the tasting rooms in Louisville. Bourbon was tasted, just not in that format. Last night we had a hosted event by Michter's. They brought a bourbon, an American whiskey, and a rye. I sampled all of them, then had a glass of Bourbon and a glass of rye.

We went over to 4th street. This is a closed off street, and reminded me a bit of Fremont Street in Las Vegas. The crowd wanted to eat at a raw bar, but I already ate at the tasting. I had a nice glass of Angel's Envy, and it was lighter than the others, but very good. We walked right past the Jim Beam Place. I decided I was going there after the crowd finished eating.

I walked down, and they closed at 9:00. How strange is that? An alcohol producer, with a presence at party central, and they close at nine on a Friday night. I got to look through the window. It doesn't make a bit of sense to me, but that's what happened.

Other nights I dedicated myself to Woodford Reserve, several of the higher end Jim Beam products, like Booker's etc. It may seem like a lot, but I was there for several days.

Mom, if you're reading this, I got my vegetables on the road. All corn, and plenty of it.

I'm very close on my edits for The Enhanced League. I just don't think I'm going to get to them tomorrow. It's my only day off, and I kind of need it.


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45 responses to “Travels and travails

  1. I remember hunting for an outlet in the airport once. Mostly because I forgot to charge it earlier. Seems United Airlines is really screwing up these days. Hope your back feels better.

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  2. Just wanted to stop by and let you know I enjoyed reading “Panama”! Really great characters you crafted. That whole thing with Ethan and the bat had me laughing. Lots of fun.

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  3. I really like seeing new places but don’t care for traveling. Airplane seats and hotel beds are murderous. I’m totally spoiled by Tempur-Pedic and the the Pacifica pokevan. But I do take my charger everywhere. Had a bad case of the blues these past few weeks. Hopefully moving away from it now….we’ll see.

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  4. And there was I, thinking we (UK) had cornered the market for uncomfortable seating… welcome home, Craig!

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  5. Glad you made it home safely. Airports are a fun place to watch people. Always a good place to generate story and/or character ideas. Interesting about the paper books.

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  6. You sound like you’re as good as me at choosing the right travel clothes! LOL πŸ˜‰ It’s been in the news here that paperbacks are having a renaissance as well – kind of makes you glad that the ‘old ways’ are surviving! πŸ˜€

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  7. Funny post, Craig. Glad you got some Woodford’s in.

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  8. On behalf of all mothers, I want you to know that corn is a grain. But it’s better than naught.
    I volunteer to be your guinea pig in regards to not understanding tech. My kids teach me everything on a need to know basis.
    I feel a little bad I didn’t tell you that the whiskey places are only open in the daytime.
    I read Moo’s Kindle when I lie in bed, I travel with books, actual books. I think it’s time we moved to universal chargers.
    This made me lol “or posing somewhere, just in case LL Bean might be watching.” Have a great Sunday πŸ˜€

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  9. I wish people had more empathy out and about. Sigh. Hope your trip was productive!

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  10. Angel’s Envy is a personal fav – glad you liked it! And I’m shocked Jim Beam was already closed. The plane sounds like a nightmare.

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  11. You’d thing the airline industry was deliberately trying to extinguish itself by their behaviour and amenity of late.

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  12. How strange. You’d think they’d want to profit off the party. Not only that, but isn’t the weekend when they make the most money?

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  13. Oh my goodness, Craig. I read your blog out loud to my sister and we had a good laugh. Sounds like something that would happen to us. πŸ™‚

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  14. OUCH! Sounds like they should have included a massage in your flight package! It’s good to see you’ve been keeping yourself so productive, dear friend! I miss you! ❀

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