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Springtime 2015

I guess I’ve been in a funk or something, but I’ve had little desire this year to write about what I’ve been up to.  Like in years past, I’m losing the details of my life for lack of keeping a journal.  With one exception — I have Facebook, so even if I’m not writing much, Facebook is recording the places where I’ve eaten, short snippets about my activities and the photos I’ve been taking when I’m out and about.  Today I’ve been doing a little maintenance on this blog, taking passwords from most of my entries, so I decided I should write something….

First of all — for the first time this year, I’m working in town instead of traveling.  Most of the year I’ve been moving around the southern part of the country, in Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Florida.  But I have been to Utah, Colorado, Wyoming, DC, New York and Vermont.

At the end of February, I was working in Las Vegas, so at the end of my trip, decided to take a vacation and stay there.  Five days later I was driving to Arizona for another workweek.

Last month I took another vacation, driving from my home to Washington State and back.  LONG trip, but enjoyable.  There are a couple of things from that trip worth writing about.

I cut my hair and shaved when the weather turned warm, as you can see in the picture.  My hair is getting long again, but I’m still clean-shaven.  Thinking about getting one more haircut before fall, when I’ll start going all Grizzly Adams again.

The power switch on my GPS unit stopped working, so I bought another.  Can’t neglect one of my most-important tools for improving my life!

Finally got around to replacing my car’s windshield, which had been cracked by a rock, only to get hit by another rock on my most recent vacation.  Need to get that taken care of before the chip turns into another big crack.  Anyone who’s seen my car might have noticed I keep little bumper stickers/decals on my rear passenger wing windows to help me find my car in a crowded lot.  My “Life Is Good” stickers became faded, so I replaced them with the Futurama Hypno-Toad and a souvenir sticker from the Ben & Jerry’s factory.

Finally went out to dinner with someone for the first time since being divorced.  Had fun!

Visited with family and friends in Colorado and Washington during vacation.  Had fun!

Sightseeing stops this spring have included Boulder Dam, Picacho Peak, President Eisenhower’s Library, Fort Hays, Cripple Creek, Devil’s Slide, Snake River Canyon, Little Bighorn, Deadwood, Wall Drug, Lake Champlain and the Ben & Jerry’s factory.  Had fun!

Flying Home!

Posted: June 25, 2015 in Random Thoughts
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southwest jet

Thanks be to God and Mother Nature for miracles! Because of thunderstorms in Denver, a flight to Kansas City via Denver has become a non-stop flight to Kansas City. Southwest cancelled all the Denver passengers on the flight and I was able to change my ticket. My flight leaves an hour later, but there will only be about 30 people aboard and I’ll be getting home much earlier!

dollars

And, a second good thing has happened — put a $5 bill in the soda vending machine to buy a bottle of pop and it gave me $8.75 in change. I think someone made a boo-boo and stocked the quarters with dollar coins instead. Turning out to be a good day!

Yesterday, my work rotation started.  Up at 2:30am (because I can never sleep well the night before I travel), out the door at 4, and at the airport at 4:45 for a 7am flight to Houston.  Once in Houston, I found my connecting flight to McAllen, Texas had been delayed for 45 minutes for maintenance.  That gave me time for “breakfast” at one of my favorite Texas places — Whataburger!

TX Houston Whataburger

Well, I finally made it to McAllen, then drove to Roma, Texas to fix a robot.  I received a call while there, telling my I’d need to fly to Salt Lake City in the morning.  Ended up with like — a 15-hour workday.

This morning I woke up and went back to the McAllen airport.  I arrived two hours before my flight, waited until the boarding time on my ticket and heard an announcement the flight was delayed at least a half hour because of a mechanical issue with the plane.  Two hours later, we passengers were finally allowed to board.  A smooth ride, but I missed my connection.  I’d been rebooked onto a later flight, so when I arrived, I had lunch at Saltlick Barbecue.  Anyone who keeps up with my Facebook posts knows I’m into barbecue.

Connecting flight left on time.  I noticed we must have been on an old plane, because of this.

TX Houston Old Plane

Smoking on planes hasn’t been allowed for quite some time, but built into the lavatory door was an ashtray.

Smooth flight until we were above the mountains in Utah.  The plane started buffeting, so I held onto my drink.  Then the plane began bouncing in the updrafts from the clouds over the mountains.  Things were tossed around (but for my drink).  While folks were beginning to freak out, including the flight attendant, a smile crept up on my face.  I was actually getting a thrill from the turbulence.  I saw the flight attendant’s look of fear as she bounced toward her seat to strap in, and hoped she didn’t think I was laughing at her.  I was amazed by my calmness, but I supposed it was because I didn’t have anyone waiting for me to come home.  If I were to crash and burn, I’d have one heck of a ride, but the world wouldn’t miss me too much.  I found that thought scarier that the turbulence.  The ride remained too rough for the flight attendants to gather up the trash before landing, but we landed.

I drove about 30 miles to work on another robot, and ended up with another 15-hour workday.

I’ll be staying in Utah another day, then flying to Chicago to work an install for three days.  Then I’ll fly home.

I don’t like flying (I’d rather drive), but the more flights I’m on, the higher level I attain in the frequent flyer programs.  For American Airlines/US Airways, I already have enough flights to get me on planes in the first group to board, and some free upgrades to First Class (now that I like!).

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