Sunday, March 2, 2008

So Cal - The Real Story

I got a lot of flack from the folks trapped in the snow belt (hey, I didn't make you live there!) about my good life. So in the spirit of self-defense, I thought you'd like to know the full agenda of that trip.

Sun - Leave ABQ for a 6:45 PM flight and arrive Ontario CA a little after 11 PM CA time (an hour later than ABQ) in my hotel a sleeping by Midnight.

Mon - First meeting is not until 10 AM, followed by meetings at noon and 2 PM - a light day. I get to take a long walk to try and keep in shape.

Tue - We have a networking meeting that starts at 7 :30 AM - that means on the road by 6:30 AM. We have three more meetings through the day followed by a dinner meeting that starts at 6 :30 PM. I'm back in the hotel by 9 PM.

Wed - I have breakfast meeting that is scheduled for 7:30 AM in a local 70 miles west of Ontario. With LA area traffic this means I need to be on the road by 5:30 AM. This is followed by three other meetings in the LA area at 9:30, 11:30 and 2 PM respectively (Mapquest the route from Agoura Hills, to Woodland Hills to Santa Monica to West LA and you will see where I went). Then it's on to Downtown LA where I'm meeting a lawyer for drinks. We finish up around 8 PM and I still need to eat dinner. I get to bed around 11 PM.

Thu - I have 6:30 AM breakfast meeting. Fortunately it's not that far from the downtown so I don't have to leave the hotel until 6:10 not taking into account checking out and waiting for the valet parking. After that it's drive back down to Ontario, drop off rental car and get picked up by partner and drive to Fullerton for another meeting. We get back to Ontario around 4 PM for another meeting. I crashed pretty early because the prior two nights have been minimal sleep.

Fri - We have work with a client that starts at 8 AM so we need to leave at 7:15 , a late morning. We work through lunch and I get dropped off at the airport at 2 PM. The flight home is a bitch because there is a group of four obnoxious passengers who are loud from the moment they get on to the moment they get off and I've lost my noise reducing headphones.

So if you'd like to join me for one of these typical trips to sunny CA, just let me know.


Lakeview Coffee Joe said...

Wednesday alone makes the snow worthwhile. Ugh. That sounded exhausting.

alexis said...

I heard it all yesterday and thought it was nuts.

Bernice said...

Ok, I'm feeling guilty now. I am sending good vibes that all of your work pays off.