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December 3, 2006

California Dreamin'

After getting home at about 10:30 p.m. last night, having spent most of the day up in Exeter, New Hampshire with the squash team, I had to get packed for a two-week swing through California and Miami. As my flight is scheduled for the ungodly hour of 6:05 this morning, I figured I could take my time, as going to bed would be pointless (and possibly a costly error if I were to sleep through my alarm). While driving up Interstate 91 at 3:30 in the morning, I noticed how unusually free of traffic the highway was. I was reminded of driving through the night on other trips I've taken: down the Pacific Coast Highway in California, from Sydney to Melbourne, and from Heathrow Airport to the northernmost tip of Scotland. I sorta like staying up late to drive, then crashing for a couple of hours on the side of the road.

Anyway, I am heading to San Francisco via Dallas-Fort Worth and Los Angeles. Hopefully the warmer weather will knock out this cough that has been lingering in my system the last week or so.

December 25, 2006

Off I Go!


The world tour begins.

I am in Bradley Airport, getting ready to head to Hong Kong via Chicago and Tokyo. I'll update when I arrive.

Until then, Merry Christmas everybody!

February 27, 2007

Pulling An All-Nighter

I stayed up all night, figuring I'd deny myself the chance to oversleep my early morning trip to Bradley Airport. After the frenetic tournament weekend and a day full of meetings on Monday, this gave me the chance to sort the mail, do the laundry, pack and tackle a few other projects with no interruption before heading off again for another three weeks on the road. I fly to see my folks in south Florida before a week in Aruba and a week with the Choate tennis team back at Saddlebrook.

Song Of The Day #58

As I am sitting in Bradley Airport, waiting for my flight to Miami, there's only one tune for the day: Jimmy Buffett's "Changes In Latitudes, Changes In Attitudes."

Jimmy Buffett - Changes in Latitudes, Changes in Attitudes

October 21, 2007

Song Of The Day #294

I'm about to board a plane to the Windy City, so here is "Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is?" by the band Chicago.

Chicago - The Very Best of Chicago - Only the Beginning - Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is?

December 16, 2007

Song Of The Day #350

Jackson Browne was one of the best of the singer-songwriters who rose to prominence in the early 1970s. This song, "These Days," is a compelling reason why.

Jackson Browne - For Everyman - These Days


After a slow (30mph) drive up Interstate 91 through the storm, I arrived at Bradley Airport this morning knowing that my 9:12am flight to Detroit (for a connection to Nashville) was canceled. The Northwest Airlines rep I spoke to last night suggested I might have a shot at getting on a 12:30 flight, though, which would get me to my final destination around 4:30. SInce I am supposed to be taking a 4-hour course on legal issues in athletics that starts at 4:30, this midday departure might have gotten me where I needed to be, at least for most of the session. But that flight was wiped out by the weather, too, so I am here until a 4 p.m. flight and should arrive in Nashville a bit before 8pm.

Plan B

After eight hours in Bradley Airport, it became clear there was no way I was going to make it to Nashville today. So I "volunteered" my seat, got a free round-trip ticket, a free night in a local hotel plus two meals, and a rebooked flight first thing in the morning.

The End Of Extras


Fortunately the hotel here in Windsor Locks has HBO, so I got to see the wrap-up of the Ricky Gervais series Extras--an extended "Christmas special" episode following two seasons, just like what he did for the Brit version of The Office--without waiting until Tuesday night to see it on my DVR (or I guess it would be available on Comcast On Demand, too). It's cool how he and Stephen Merchant get English celebrities to appear in totally self-deprecating roles. The show was typical Gervais humor: painful, awful hilarious, embarrassing moments of awkwardness punctuated in the end by deep-down-inside sweetness.

December 26, 2007

Off To Vegas

I am back at Bradley Airport, getting ready to fly to Las Vegas via Milwaukee. The airport is pretty deserted this time of day. Even though it's supposedly a heavy travel date, I guess most flights took off or arrived earlier in the day. I checked in about 45 minutes before my scheduled departure and was the only person going through security. A nice change of pace from the usual airport routine!

August 24, 2009

Heading West

At Bradley Airport right now for a 5:30 a.m. flight to Philadelphia, where I will connect to a flight to Denver. I will end the day in Ashland, Oregon--home of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival.

September 26, 2009

Off To Chicago


I just finished a morning practice with the team and scooted up to Bradley Airport for a 2:15 flight. As this is the one weekend of the fall without a cross country meet, I am sneaking away to Chicago for a quick getaway.

March 14, 2010

An Almost Disastrous Alarm Mishap

Having not gotten a lot of sleep the last two nights, complicated by my body still being on U.K. time, I decided to catch a few hours of sleep between 7 p.m. and 1:00 a.m. before packing my bags and heading to Bradley Airport for my 5:30 departure. I had to plan this carefully because the shift to Daylight Savings Time robbed me of an hour I otherwise could have used for some more shuteye. But I stupidly set the alarm clock for 12:50 p.m. and since it didn't go off, I was lucky to wake up on my own about an hour later, which gave me about 45 minutes to get my act together for a week in Jamaica. Fortunately, I made it to the airport in time, had an easy time checking in, and am about to fly to Philadelphia to catch my connection to Montego Bay.

August 6, 2010

BDL's Terminal B Offline

I had missed the news that Terminal B at Bradley Airport was being mothballed. All airlines leave from the expanded and much more modern Terminal A now and Terminal B (which I never cared for all that much) is slated for demolition.

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