6 Down, 1 to Go

Seven planes, four cities, four client Board of Directors directors meetings in four days.

I am sitting in the Drury Inns in Chesterfield, MO. One meeting, one plane ride left this week. The good news. The meetings have gone well so far and I did not miss any planes. Two of my travel legs required a connection to a second plane.

The one that had worried me for weeks required taking the last flight out of Kingsport, TN in order to make a flight out of Charlotte in order to ultimately arrive in Orlando. The connection was tight to begin with, 50 minutes, and then as I sat in Kingsport with a 30 minute delay, I was close to panic.

I realize that there is no travel snafu that causes the world to end, not even my world. Yet, missing the flight to Orlando would mean changing hotel and plane reservations very late at night, staying at the Comfort Suite near the Charlotte airport (not recommended), participating in an important meeting by phone with 10 people on the other end all sitting in a room (in hind sight, there was one difficult issue that came up and it would have been close to impossible for me to have solved this one if I had not been there in person), and then found a new flight that did not interfere with the other calls I had scheduled between meetings and flights.

I wished hard for making that connection and did. Lesson #1 when praying to the travel gods. Go big. I had prayed to make the connection. I did. However, that plane was delayed 40 minutes and I arrived at that hotel at 12:30 AM. By the time I fell asleep I had time only for 4 hours of sleep (I need more than that to function at a high level). Next time I pray to make the flight and that it is on time, if not early.

As long as I am allowing myself some time to wade in the pity pool I will share that I also have 3 more board meetings on Monday. We are still working on materials for all of these. I cannot make all three meetings since they take place in 3 different cities and they all overlap. I will miss one completely though we are working on materials and I will spend much of the weekend on the phone with the client. I will attend one by phone for 2 of the 3 scheduled hours (they neglected to tell me about extending  the meeting from 2 to 3 hours until after I had committed to another meeting. I join the third meeting 30 minutes after it starts. I fly Sunday to NY and back Monday for the privilege.

During all of this I did find time for the sublime experience of talking to my son at college. I had missed the last two scheduled calls. While there were no major revelations, connecting with him makes my week. It reminds me of why I put myself through all of this. Certainly not for the airport experiences, the crowded flights and the feeling that you get when you do not remember where you are when you wake up in the morning.

It could be worse. Yes, I saw Up In The Air.

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