Saturday, August 11, 2012

Thanks to Everyone in Santa Rosa!!! Oh, and the Joys of Travel...

A big thank you to everyone who attended my lecture in Santa Rosa, CA yesterday.  I had a great time teaching you all about composites and the tech surrounding them.


It was a great event and I really loved the hotel (that was my second trip there).  If anyone ever finds themselves in Santa Rosa, CA you really should make an effort to stay at the Fountaingrove Inn.  If you can't do that, at least have a meal at the Equus Restaurant located on the property.  Amazing food!


Also, for those of you who were there I *did* manage to get home Friday night/Saturday morning, but not without some travel stress.  First of all, I have no idea why SFO airport in San Francisco is always so crazy busy on Friday nights, but it seems every time I'm there on Friday after 5, it is packed!  Second my flight was delayed 2  hours meaning that we didn't leave until 1:40 PDT which was really 3:40 on my clock since I was still on CDT.  I can "remember" being in the airport and boarding the flight, but it's a little fuzzy from being up for almost 21 hours and being low on sleep from earlier in the week.  The flight was at capacity and despite the fact I upgraded for more legroom I couldn't sleep for more than about 5-10 minutes at a time.  This meant that despite a 3  hour flight, I slept little if at all.  However the flight was a good one, not many bumps, and the flight attendants did their best to provide good service while still letting those who could, sleep.


Despite the late departure, I did make my connection in Chicago and managed to return to the Land of Oz at 9:50 a.m. on Saturday morning.  After grabbing my bag from the carousel (it took forever for the bags, not sure why) I started to head to parking when I realized… I left on US Air, but came back on United.  Of course at KCI this means they are… in different terminals!  So after actually making it to the parking structure and then realizing it looked different than where I parked my car, I went back to the terminal and boarded a bus to take me back to Terminal A where my Tahoe awaited.  


I stumbled into my house at about 11:00 and promptly hit the floor for a much needed nap which lasted about 3 hours.


I've done this type of trip twice, both from San Francisco.  The thinking has always been that I'd rather fly all night and then be in a stupor, but at least be at home as opposed to staying Friday night and then traveling all day on Saturday and getting back to Oz late Saturday afternoon.  However, now I'm not so sure this is the smartest option.  Flying all night is tough, especially for someone like me that has difficulty sleeping in an airline seat.  Despite the fact that I travel an average of once every other week, I cannot sleep for any length of time in an airline seat.  Not sure why, but sitting up and sleeping are just not compatible for me.


Anyway, it was a great trip.  Lots of good people on Friday and I learned a lot from all of you who were there.  Thanks for making Friday amazing!

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