I won’t lie, it has been a rough start to my vacation. I am suffering from what is becoming an increasingly-common dermatological problem for me, one that I may have to have looked at when I return to the States.
This Is Not Your Father’s Cab Service
Around 2:15pm I hailed a Lyft to the airport. I fortunately didn’t have to wait long as there was a driver loitering in the East Atlanta area. My driver, Timothy, threw me for a loop when he declared that he’d only been driving since Monday when I went through my list of small talk questions I use with Lyft/Uber drivers.
Timothy was in the area because he lives in East Atlanta, and he had recently been laid off by Earthlink.
I should have remembered that Earthlink’s office is now in The Proscenium, which is where I currently work, but this trivia fact escaped me before I told him that I work for “XYZ Corp”.
The ride to the airport was fine, and 10% cheaper than it would have been otherwise thanks to a currently Lyft promotion. I was at the airport with plenty of time to spare especially since I am not TSA PreCheck which meant that I had exactly one person in front of me in the security line.
Greetings From Somewhere Over Western Europe
My Apple Watch reads “1:35” which means that it is 6:35 below.
This has been one of the most frustrating flights of my life. I paid for Delta’s “Comfort+”, plunking down and additional $99, for a few inches more of legroom and the ability to board earlier than I normally would. All was going okay until the woman ahead of me decided to recline her seat as far back as it would go, essentially robbing me of any of the extra space for which I had sprung. I’m not proud to say that I was like a bull in a China shop upon getting up to pee, bumping her seat multiple times in the process. Things got even worse when the guy in the seat next to me passed out later in the flight, and nearly had his head on my left shoulder a few times. Needless to say, I didn’t get much sleep which will make today “interesting”.
Huh, as I type we’ve just hit a nice patch of turbulent air. Discomforting…
Hitting The Rails
It is my goal to post this prior to getting on a train from Frankfurt to Düsseldorf. If I can find a WiFi hotspot I will accomplish this. If I cannot I can either use some of the precious “international data” I’ve purchase from AT&T. [update: I missed this goal, but there is free WiFi on the ICE train on which I sit currently. I am really tired due to my lack of sleep on the plane. This train ride is about ninety minutes long for me, which should put me in Düsseldorf around 12:30pm local time. I will treat myself to lunch and then see if I can check in early. I’ll fight the urge to take a nap and will opt for a shower instead.
Due to poor planning on my behalf I currently have a hotel reservation until Sunday even though I will remain in Düsseldorf until Monday morning; upon checking into my Düsseldorf hotel I am going to see if I can extend my reservation for one more night at the same rate. The Tour de France is starting in Düsseldorf with the Stage 1, a short prologue, taking place on Saturday and then the start of Stage 2 is in Düsseldorf on Sunday.