Utah, Here I Stay!

by Greg on June 23, 2010

Stupid weather.

I was so pumped to get to Utah early for the EVO Conference so that I could have time to set things up, settle in, check out the area, and relax before what I hope will be 3 days of non-stop craziness.

I even got up at 7am this morning and that just doesn’t happen unless the house is on fire. Even then…it would probably depend on the proximity of the flames.

I am hopelessly nocturnal so the fact that I managed to leave the house at 8am should shock the world.

The scene at the airport was typical.

Kiosks were being slapped and finger-jabbed by people completely unqualified to use electronic devices. Airline attendants were helping people fill out loan forms to cover baggage fees. And the security checkpoint was forcing people to get dressed all over again.

Side discussion. I just want to know if I’m completely alone and weird when it comes to the security checkpoint. I don’t know what it is, but right before I enter that metal detector, I always give myself a quick pat down and mentally confirm that I’m not carrying any knives or shanks.

What the?? I have never…ever…carried a knife or a weapon of any kind (unless these biceps count (*kiss* *kiss*)). So why in the world would I assume that on the day of my flight I’d suddenly and unwittingly be packing a blade? It sounds insane but I do it EVERY TIME. Every flight. There’s that little moment of panic where I feel I’m about to become a news story. And a felon.

Anyhow, back to my post.

I’ll spare you the recap but suffice it to say that weather in Chicago forced our flight into a delay and then it was flat-out canceled moments later. With no available flights for tonight, I’m stuck.

To make matters worse, American Airlines booked me on the 6:20am flight tomorrow. I don’t even know my name that early in the morning so this should prove interesting. I decided to book a hotel near the airport rather than drive all the way home and then drive all the way back up at 4am.

I hit Priceline from the airport and $50 later I had a HUGE hotel room with two queen beds at the new Sheraton hotel….with free shuttle service and breakfast. Ka-ching!

Heather is bringing my babies on up and they will be spending the afternoon and evening with me. We’re having a sleepover. 🙂 So, I suppose on one hand the cancellation was a major hassle. But on the other hand, I get another night with my wife and kiddos before heading to Utah in the morning.

I hope.


RobMonroe June 23, 2010 at 7:14 am

Great that you get to have a sleepover! That's really cool, man!

one cluttered brain June 23, 2010 at 12:57 pm

stupid weather!

At least you get one more night with the wifey.


Tracie June 23, 2010 at 3:17 pm

It is wonderful to be able to take that negative and turn it into some extra fun family time. Love it!

MrsTellingDad June 24, 2010 at 10:00 am

We loved his canceled flight! No sleepover, but the kids loved the extra time with daddy.

Rob June 24, 2010 at 12:24 pm

Good luck at EVO.

Jess June 25, 2010 at 10:10 am

Hey…everything happens for a reason! If you didn't get on that crack-ass of dawn flight, you wouldn't have met a super-cool, fellow Sanfordian! 🙂

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