Traveling this week was brutal; Sudbury on Tuesday. It was certainly cold and snowy and a long way to go just for a meeting that lasted no more than 2 hrs. Somehow we need to get these meetings into the technology business mainstream to save everyone more time. Yes again, TIME factors in.
Then on Thursday spent 12 hours getting to Prince George. Seriously, the plane was late leaving Toronto (so glad I changed my flight so I wouldn't miss my connection). Spent 5 and a half hrs in a plane to arrive a little late, but still plenty of time to make the connection. Grabbed a coffee, sat and down loaded and transferred e-mail that I worked on during the flight and packed up the etch-o-sketch (my laptops new name), walked to the gate to find out the plane that should have started boarding in 5 minutes was delayed 15 minutes. That turned into another 15, and then another 30 minutes. Called the people I was meeting who all flew in from 4 different cities even though all of their planes were late too, mine was the most meeting disruptive. Another 40 minutes later, we took off. I tuned up and was 2 hours late, everyone else was getting ready to leave and catch their flights back. We finished up the meeting and I needed caffeine badly since I had already been on the go now for over 14 hours.
Stopped at a Starbuck's grabbed coffee, did a Yelp review and headed to the hotel. Brand new Sandman Hotel and to my surprise and delight was a wonderful experience. It was either wonderful or I was so exhausted that it memorized me. See Yelp review for details if you must, otherwise I won't boar you here yet again with it.
Woke up Friday morning in the middle of the night because my body was still on Toronto time. Had a shower, got ready, packed my suitcase, did the email download, sync my blackberry playbook, checked my iPhone email, looked a Facebook updates and took the suitcase to the car. Went and had oatmeal and fruit for breakfast (See Yelp review on the restaurant), and made my way to the airport in the gently falling snow covered roads, after spending 10 minutes cleaning off the car with the powdery snow. It was a nice morning, only 31 below...
The Prince George Airport is small, but the view is outstanding. Hopped into the little Dash -8 and headed back to Vancouver, read my book and looked out the window at the breathtaking Rockies.
Arrived in Vancouver to find that my flight to my surprise had been delayed. The wait was going to be another hour. Grabbed lunch, worked on emails, did the airport people watching thing which is always interesting.
Boarding planes is always funny. I usually arrive at the gate 10 minutes prior to boarding (staying in the maple leaf lounge as long as possible so I don't have to hear children screaming). I usually wonder over to the priority lane and when they make the announcements and the families with ankle bitters move forward ever so slowly, and the air Canada personal have assisted the elderly board, I slowly start to move forward, not that I'm being eager, I just want to get on board, pack my stuff away and settle in. I always find it funny that in the group of Elite and Super Elite are people that do not travel much and hop in line and play dumb. They are usually the ones that don't have their ID ready and start searching for their boarding passes just as they get to the Air Canada representative only to be told that they are not boarding their row yet, but usually the rep let's the newbie board just because they are tied or explaining that they person is really just stupid. I board and you can always tell the tone of your flight from the tone of voice the first person has when they great you as you take your first step on the plane. Of course you want them to be friendly and most of the time they are. They take your coat, offer you water or OJ, you find your seat and slide the window shades down, plug in your headphones, grab your book, laptop and close your eyes for the next 30 minutes as people board they plane making funny faces because the third suitcase they brought on board doesn't fit anywhere and that their friend or partner is sitting 4 rows back or that they have a middle seat. What are these people new, have they never been on a plane before? why are they surprised ?
Then I spend another five and a half hours on a plane, doing email, catching up on TIME I lost this week only to arrive in Toronto an hour late.
I waited for luggage, which is always anywhere from 30-45 minutes in Toronto and again it confirms that I would love to be a "ramp-rat" for Air Canada, where do I apply ?
I'm tired and in need of a good coffee or a breath mint and by the time I get home it was 9:30 on a Friday night. There is another day I won't get back and what a crummy way to end the week.