I spent last weekend recovering from last week’s trip to Washington DC for MWLUG. Work has been hella crazy this week while I’m trying to catch up and get a few things implemented that I learned.
BTW: It was FUN! Seriously loved the venue, and I loved being in DC. I am very much looking forward to next year’s, which is supposed to be in Ann Arbor, MI if I heard correctly.
Sadly, we will likely no longer be attending IBM’s
Lotusphere ConnectED Connect conference due to cost. I missed this year’s trip due to my surgery, but by looking at the schedule of sessions, there would have been very little for me there. That makes me a bit sad, but it is what it is. MWLUG is cheaper, and quite frankly more useful (to me, at least). One of my favorite sessions last week was a “discussion” (read: tongue lashing) from Lotus/Domino users, admins, and developers to a couple members of IBM staff.
I almost felt sorry for them … almost.
Traveling to and from went a lot better this year due mostly to some mental and intestinal fortification via chemistry. In other words, my doctor gave me something to chill me out during the flights. :) I took a Xanax before each flight and they helped tremendously! Our flight back from DC to Atlanta was stressful, and from Atlanta to Birmingham was downright scary. Given how I have flipped my shit in the past during bumpy flights, I was a lot calmer while doped up. But I noticed right away how tired I was after each flight. I mean, I’ve had jetlag before, but holy Hell! Never like this.
During each flight, I chronicled my thoughts. I don’t even remember WHY, maybe to pass the time? Those around me found me a little funny while on the Xanax, but I felt chill as fuck. Seriously. I have never been so relaxed and calm in my life. (except maybe while I was Valium for my anxiety years ago)
Been seated for a little bit. Holy shit this thing is cramped! I’m sitting on the aisle which I’m hoping works out better this time than my previous trips where I was by the window.
A little dismayed that there are no barf bags anywhere that I can see. Not that I’ve ever blown chunks on a plane, I’ve always felt like I could. It’s rare for me to have motion sickness (usually only with a bad migraine), but my anxiety makes me nauseous sometimes.
Child behind me starts screaming. This is going to be a long 2 hours.
Dude beside me has taken up both arm rests. Keeps opening and closing the window shade. His duffle bag is taking up half of my floor space. I mean, not that my stubby little hobbit legs need a whole lot of room, but still. At least he’s quiet.
Takeoff was a little bumpy. Not scary, but not exactly comfortable either. So far the Xanax seems to be helping?
Poor Joseph and CaySal have had to sit next to me while I’ve lost my shit on previous flights. God bless whoever invented this stuff!!!
I was very surprised they didn’t offer peanuts. To my delight they have almonds! :)
I’m feeling surprisingly good. I only took one Xanax, and was worried that maybe I needed two. So far, so good. While part of me hates being dependent on medications, they have made my life so much better!
I’ve had Billy Joel’s “You May Be Right (I May Be Crazy)” stuck in my head since I got to the airport this morning. Which is weird because prior to that I had “Blood on My Name” on loop on my internal radio. My Uber driver’s name was Lazarus, which likely started that. Can’t remember what I heard upon waking up.
Funny, I’m currently building a new Domino server named Lazarus. It is basically a replacement for a server that’s on its proverbial deathbed. An attempt to resurrect it, if you will.
8:21 (crossed time zone!)
We’re told to put our seat belts on. Getting ready to land soon? I hope. I hope. I hope. I hope.
By looking out windows in front of me, wherever we are is pretty. Nice and sunny. I want a nap so badly. Could not sleep last night and running on about 3 hours’ worth. Today is gonna be a long day.
I realized that I forgot to pack my sneakers. I have my Harley boots on currently, and they’re usually fine. But I like having sneakers just in case. Because let’s face it, sometimes my feet can be little bitches. Plus, they’re black with dark red accents and I lurvs them. :)
While I was not thrilled about Delta having me pay to check my overnight bag (which work will reimburse me for), I will say this. Their staff have been great so far. The in flight staff especially. Very friendly!
Most of the TSA staff, not so much. :/
Making our descent. Hello, Detroit! :D
Whee! Landed and taxiing to our gate.
Waiting for time to board the next leg. Duuuuuuuude I am feeling so groovy. Now I know why everyone recommended I get this.
Joseph asked if my doc could put me on this every day. LOL
Seated and waiting to take off. Next trip I am DEFINITELY upgrading my seat. Slightly less cramped than last flight, but too small for my comfort.
At least I get a window seat this time! :)
Video safety instructions now. Yay? Was kind of neat. Now playing with screen on back of the seat in front of me while we taxi out to the runway.
Played around with the flight tracker. Then watch one of the inflight movies. Born in China – about animals indigenous to China. :)
Getting close to D.C. No almonds on this flight so I opted for cinnamon cookies to dunk in my coffee. :)
Definitely wanting a nap right nap. So tired zzzzzzzzzz…
D.C. I am in you! :D
Headed to Alexandria to the hotel. Hopefully they will let me check in early.
And the flights home, Thursday/Friday:
Checked Delta app and learned that my flight is going to be delayed at least an hour. Something about trouble with a passenger. Yikes?
Joy of joys, I’m already stressing out. Going ahead and taking my Xanax now.
Waiting on Uber to head to the airport.
Arrived at the airport, got checked in, bags handled, and groped by TSA.
Note: DC’s TSA folks are friendlier than Birmingham’s. Not by much, but still. Delta folks, however, were very super nice.
Now sitting down to get some food. Feeling super chill, but my head is killing me, probably due to lack of sleep. Been up since 3am.
We ate at Grille District. The hot wings were not hot, but very tasty. I prefer a flavorful sauce to one that melts your face off any day.
Now the long wait to board.
An announcement comes in overhead; the flight has been delayed … again.
After talking with Delta, they said we should still make it in time for connecting flight. It may be close.
Aaaaaaand flight delayed … again. Not confident that we will make our connecting flight now.
Delta says we could “probably” make our connecting flight. I really don’t want to spend the night in Atlanta.
Finally boarding plane.
Take off. I am completely knackered. May try to sleep some.
Nope, can’t sleep. While I’m not freaking as much as I normally would, I am not as zen feeling as I was earlier. I maybe should have waited to take the Xanax until just before boarding. Granted, all the calamity with the delays did not help things. To make things worse, my neck and back are starting to pain me greatly.
I wanna go home. :(
Heavy turbulence, one of my least favorite things. Not freaking. But not exactly comfortable either.
According to the little flight tracker thingy on the screen in front of my seat, we are about midway over North Carolina.
Looks like we’ve crossed over into South Carolina air space now. Getting closer to home.
The lady behind me says it’s unhealthy for me to be so fixated on the flight tracker. I said it gives me something to focus on, to distract me. She asks what I would need to be distracted from, and I answer from the fact that we are hurdling through the air around 36,000 feet high at 1,000 MPH in a large metal projectile with no parachutes.
She then quietly sat back and hasn’t said another word. I often wonder how many people regret asking me questions. :)
Getting closer to Georgia. Got just over half an hour now.
Descending into Atlanta. Attendant says we’re landing in about 20 minutes.
We can make our flight if we haul ass. I really really REALLY don’t want to spend the night in Atlanta.
Seeing a metric shit-ton of lightning up here. At least we seem to be above most of it.
Supposed to be landing in 10 mins or so …
Ran like mad to next gate and barely made it. Airport staffer had told us the wrong direction to go to the gate we needed when we got off the plane from D.C. I seriously could have throttled her.
Now waiting to take off for Birmingham.
Wheeled out to the tarmac and sat … no idea why. About to take off now.
I’m on the way. Home sweet home.
I didn’t take that many pictures, but what few I have are up on my Flickr page.
I’m so glad that tomorrow is Friday. I’m spending it with Jessie, who turned 20 yesterday. Wow, I feel old. LOL
I hope y’all are having a good week! :)