On the back deck at Locus HQ in the Oakland hills with CNB and Justin.
The flight over was actually pretty good.Â We left an hour late, but we spent that in the terminal. They made the time up in the air, which meant we actually spent about twelve and a half hours in transit, rather than thirteen and a half, which was good.Â I also turned down a free upgrade to Economy Plus because I had three seats to myself.Â I actually slept for a chunk of the flight.Â That’s about as good as it gets for me.Â Â Been spending some time now catching up with everyone at Locus, which is great.
Well, the flight over was fine. Dull, and I was exhausted, but that’s fine.Â I’ve got a bit less than an hour till boarding and I’m hoping the seats are as advertised. Either way, San Francisco in 14hrs.
Plans.Â I’m an increasingly fussy and overconcerned traveler, I think.Â Where I used to be happy to rock up to the departure gate and see what happened, now I worry and tinker and plan.Â The plan for yesterday and today was take nice little sleeping pill, go to bed early, get a good night’s sleep, get cab, get to airport and go.Â Well, I took the little sleeping pill and went to bed. I fell asleep and slept for maybe three hours. Then I tossed and turned until it was time to get up.Â I had left all kinds of contingency time in the plan so I wouldn’t be late.Â I ended up sitting here in the Qantas terminal more than an hour before departure.Â Yay.Â The plane to Sydney is completely full (no surprise), so I don’t know if I’ll sleep.Â Still, apparently the plane to San Francisco is not too full.Â Right now I have an aisle seat with an empty middle and window beside it. If that holds true, I’ll be very happy indeed.
I’m off to World Fantasy in the morning. A 5.45am flight (shudder!).Â Up at 3.30am, shower, dress and to the airport. Then 20-odd hours of transit and I get to emerge into the cool fall air of San Francisco.Â I have two days with Charles and the gang, which I’m greatly looking forward to, before heading on to Calgary and World Fantasy. It should be enormous fun.Â I’m there five days, then back to SF for a day and home again. I’m gone all told for about 10 days.Â A whirlwind lightning visit.Â I’ll keep you up to date on it if I can.Â I usually don’t, but we’ll see.Â In the meantime, be well and take care of yourselves.