Well I thought I was pretty well on the way to vacation yesterday. The new crew we have is just KICKING ASS. Doing things Saturday which normally do not get done until Monday. Not sure if I mentioned that we had to let another senior guy go a few weeks back, everyone is new. Including Gnu. It is a good thing.
So last night I had a cocktail and was doing some lazy packing, getting ready to watch Saturday Night Live. The phone rings just as the show was starting. A food order! Even when things slow down we get the random late / early calls that eliminate sleep time. They wanted the order in the morning. So I got up earlier than I wanted and called the gang to get going. They had it ready as needed, then the boat had to switch docks as the winds were too high at the one they usually used. So now we were talking mid afternoon.
Last night we had steady 50 mph winds, with blasts of rain hitting the window by my head. Normally I like it, but I was thinking work all night and doing it as I slept. The worst was I awoke to a phone ringing a couple times, ringing in my HEAD. One phantom ring.
This morning I talked GNU-R over the phone on how to ring up the order we needed to pull. Took about 40 minutes. He is THE CYBORG, going in at 7 AM every and any day. Even when nothing is scheduled. Today it helped.
Eventually I went in and finished ordering the basics for the next THREE weeks. The new guys will add on the additional surprise stuff as it comes up. I made notes and instructions, then I was done.
Around 5 PM I touched base with the folks in KY, and my phone was turned off.
The plane left as scheduled, although our weather was shaky all day. At times the sun came out through a hole in the clouds. The wind was pretty strong all night and into the morning.
Not a lot of scenery though. Above the clouds, then the sun set. I fell asleep for a while then woke just in time for landing in the dark in Anchorage. I stopped for dinner at a seafood place at the airport. The menu said there were various chowders available, and I asked for the WHALE. They said they only had the CLAM, so we had a friendly argument on the two types. I emphasized that if they caught just one whale -just ONE- they could serve many chowders. Not so much with the clams. The waitress did not seem to get the point, and refused to pass the word on to the cook. Plus, she seemed to make the issue that the whale was so beautiful. And I rebuked that the clams were NOT?
I moved on.
So I catch a 12:50 AM flight to Portland, then kill a few hours in the early AM until I get on that 9:05 AM flight to LA. Another layover, then I leave at 3:40 PM to Albuquerque.
Will get there in the dark. Then golf the next two days, including Black Mesa near Santa Fe.
I AM ON VACATION!