Thursday, July 26, 2012

2012 New York City - Day 3 - 43 hours!

I slept until almost 8 a.m. before wandering down and getting some coffee and oatmeal from Starbucks. While Drew slept, I went for an hour run in Central Park. Just as I was about to turn around and start back to the room, it started to pour. I was soaked by the time I got back to the hotel. Getting cleaned up and printing my boarding passes, I said goodbye to Drew and caught a cab to JFK.

Unfortunately, the same thunderstorm that hammered me while I was running caused havoc with the flights at JFK. When I got to the airport, I realized that my flight was delayed an hour. My major worry was my connection in Long Beach; I had a 45 minute layover. Checking on-line, the Long Beach to Sacramento flight showed an hour delay also.

We ended boarding the plane about 2:15 p.m and taking off about 2:40 p.m., over an hour and 20 minutes behind schedule. After an uneventful flight, we landed in Long Beach about 5:30 p.m. Pacific time and about 45 minutes behind schedule.

jetBlue does not have that many flights on the west coast. It was clear that they were going to hold the two connecting flights from Long Beach for the people on the flight from JFK. There were probably twenty people who transfered from the JFK flight to the Sacramento flight.

After a quick flight from Long Beach to Sacramento, I was on the ground in Sacramento about 6:45 p.m. Oddly, over the course of almost 7 hours on both flights, they never offered us any food other than potato chips. I had expected to be able to buy some food on the flight from JFK to Long Beach.

It was 43 hours from the time I boarded the red-eye late Tuesday night until I walked off the plane on Thursday. I have to admit that while I physically felt pretty good my brain felt fuzzy...

I finished the night meeting Sharon at the Jesuit Football Parent Meeting. By the time we got home about 9 p.m, it felt like a long day.

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