I'm traveling to Phoenix today. Or, allegedly, I'm traveling to Phoenix today. The plan was to drop in to the office, do some work and print some things out for the trip, which I did. Then off to the airport. I left a little early in case traffic was bad or security was slow, but neither was the case and I ended up at my gate a full hour before my flight.
I'm not going to Phoenix for personal reasons. It's a business trip. I can't tell you what the purposes is. It's a bit of a secret. Not an interesting secret though. Not like I'm getting a sneak peak at a new chip or anything. But I am bringing some of my demo boards down. LIke this one, and this one. Plus a Beagleboard that we assembled a while back and one more demo that I'll have at the ESC show later this month. Trust me though. This secret isn't anything of interest. Okay, it's of interest to me, but that's all.
Anyway, as the time ticked down and past my boarding time, I started to get nervous. The original plan was to take a United flight to LA, leaving here at 2:48, and have about a half hour to get to my connection and land at PHX at 7:08 pm.
Tic tock. Tic tock
Starting at our boarding time of 2:20, they regularly announced that there was a little mechanical delay. At some point, I inquired about my connecting flight in LA that I was now going to miss, but they moved me to a 9:00pm flight from LA to Phoenix. Ugh. Not long after that, they announced that the plane needed a part that had to be flown in from Salt Lake. Double Ugh.
Fortunately they were kind enough to put me on a direct flight, on US Air, leaving at 6:00 and arriving in Phoenix at 8:30.At 4:30, hour 3 at the airport, I was paged back to my original gate - on the other side of the airport. I ran back over there, planning on doing my best to talk them out of getting me back on some double hope that would have me arriving at midnight. As it turns out, they had originally sent me down to US Air without a ticket and they were paging me back to pick it up. That was a cause worth hoofing it from oe side of the airport to the other and back.
Coming into Phoenix, we were delayed a bit for landing. I seems a dust storm had come up and put the airport into Instrument conditions. You know it's an interesting landing when the first thing the crew announces over the PA after touchdown is: "how was THAT for a landing" and the passengers all cheer.
If this were on Twitter, my post would be: "I saw a cactus."