… Well, we’ll see. After today’s experience, it may not really stay in Vegas.
The morning started ok and I was a bit relaxed, enough to play my game a bit before leaving. Unfortunately, I had to leave earlier than planned because of need to have extra people for a meeting. So I rushed around, finished packing, wolfed down some food and left. I get to the airport and it turns out I wasn’t needed. To make things more fun, the plane was sold out. So no chance for an upgrade.
Since I knew this had been a risk, I ensured that I had an aisle seat (all of coach was 3 seaters, squished together) so I could get up and down when I wanted. As much as I’m trying to lose weight, it’s still a slow process and my butt is still a bit larger than the seat. When we boarded I was dismayed at how old the plane looked (had to be at least 10-15 years old). My seat pocket was pretty much ripped from the back of the seat in front of me.
The flight itself was rather uneventful albeit long. 5 and half hours in the air with poor circulation and cramped conditions wasn’t fun. The entertainment was sporatic, likely due to the age of the player, but that was fine since I had both videos of Gabriel Iglesias so I was able to laugh through most of the flight. I also read The Thrive Diet, something I’d like to do more of while doing the Power90 and P90X workouts. The book is actually a straightfoward read but I’m trying to figure out how easy it is to do as a daily thing when at home and when on the road. The road part might be a bit challenging but I think if I have at least 1-2 salads a day and eliminate the soda I should be good for the road part (at least for now).
When we finally landed I had to wait about 20 minutes before I left the plane. I had ended up in a seat way in the back and it took a while for all those in front of me to get off. As a business traveler, I’ve learned as to what it requires to make boarding and deplaning an easier process. Unfortunately, going to a place like Vegas (high on tourist visits) this took longer. It was an additional hike to get the luggage and once I got it, I had opted to grab a taxi as I knew the hotel wasn’t too far from the airport.
Another line that was actually longer than getting off the airplane (if you’re in Vegas, go shuttles or limos to the hotel). Once I got to the front, I had asked for a cab with credit card capabilities. That resulted in another line. And then my cabbie had no idea where the road or the hotel was.
But once I arrived and saw my room, I was thankful. As it turns out, the hotel offers free shuttles to the Mandalay. I think I might head there tomorrow night to do a few slots and to get something to eat (after work of course). And perhaps do the ol’ touristy photo thing.
This evening I did manage to get in a full 35 min workout and that was good. Dinner was a vegan burrito (not quite thrive but still better than the alternatives) and 2 bottles of water (saving the last one for tomorrow). While it felt like a long day (and it was) it is good to finally be able to turn in and get ready for tomorrow.