Category: travel

My L.A. itinerary

Tomorrow I fly to Los Angeles for my day job team’s annual planning retreat. I usually enjoy this trip because I get to see coworkers I only see once a year (I’m the only one on my team who works in the Washington office). I also get to see old friends that I don’t see very often. And I get to see family, too. This time, however, I almost wish I didn’t have to go. With Kelly pregnant and Zach a handful right now, I really just wish I could stay home. That being said, I’m already checked into my flight, which departs Dulles bright and early at 7am and I will be depending on my friends in L.A. to help keep the gloom away. Here, therefore, is my busy itinerary for my trip:


  • 7am: Fly to L.A.
  • Noon (PST): Lunch with Rob
  • 6pm: Dinner with Lisa


  • Day 1 of planning retreat
  • Noon: Lunch with Jim
  • 3pm: Bowling with the team
  • 6pm: Big Happy Hour at El Cholo


  • Day 2 of planning retreat
  • Noon: Lunch with Beth
  • 6pm: Retreat dinner with the team


  • Noon: Lunch with Cathy
  • 6pm: Dinner with Mom & Dad


  • 9am: Flight to Washington
  • Dinner at home with Kelly, Zach, Jen and Sadie

Coming to L.A.

I have a business trip at the end of the month. I’m heading to Santa Monica for 4 days for my team’s annual planning retreat. I’ll be staying at my usual digs in Santa Monica and I just wanted to let folks know that I will be there in case any friends or family that I haven’t already gotten in touch with are interested in getting together. My time is pretty limited, but I’ll be as flexible as I can. I get into town on Monday, February 28 and fly home on Friday, March 4. The retreat is a few weeks earlier this year than previous years, which is nice because it seems like for the past few years, I’ve ended up flying on my birthday.

Kelly and the Little Man won’t be coming with me this time. Work and school conflict.

Good morning from 35,000 ft

We are about 40 minutes into our AirTran flight down to Ft. Meyers, Florida. Since AirTran is providing free WiFi this month (courtesy of Google Chrome) I just couldn’t pass up the chance to post live from 35,000 feet.

I didn’t see the lunar eclipse  last night, mostly out of laziness. I was up at 3:17am when the eclipse was supposed to be at its peak, but the moon was directly overhead and those I tried looking from several windows in the house, I couldn’t see it. I suppose I could have gone outside, but it was in the low 20s and I was warm and comfortable, and besides, I can see it again in another four centuries or so, right?

The Little Man was very excited to fly on an airplane this morning. When we arrived at the airport, he watched the various planes moving about from here to there, pointing them all out excitedly. Once on board, he was alert for the takeoff, sitting in my lap and watching out the window. Five minutes later he was sound asleep. But then again, he’s an old pro at this. Today’s flight is his 9th.

A number of people have asked me if I was going to be blogging while on vacation. I think this post gives a good answer for that, but just in case it’s not clear to anyone: yes!

Should be back on the ground in an hour or so. And magically, the temperatures will have gone from the low 30s to the mid 70s. Ahhhh!

A Sunday drive to Bronxville

Yesterday, we drove the new car up to Bronxville where we are staying with Jen and Jason while I attend the variously Writerly Events I have scheduled for today in New York City.  We left at 8am and stopped in New Brunswick to meet Kelly’s cousins for brunch at a place called Old Man Rafferty’s.  The brunch there was quite amazing and included some crabs legs which were particularly good.

After brunch, we headed over to the neighborhood that I grew up in–Somerset, New Jersey.  We drove past the house that I grew up in and except for the color it looks very much like I remembered it:


When I lived there, it was the early-mid-1970s. Thirty years later, the cars are the most noticeable changes in the neighborhood.  We drove past my school as well, and then continued up to Broxnville to Jen and Jason’s place.

Zach and Sadie had a blast together, chasing each other around the apartment, laughing and wearing out their parents who merely stood on the sidelines watching.  We all headed out to the Outback Steakhouse for dinner and then came back home and began to wind down.  At first, it seemed that Zach was going to have a quiet, easy night, but that wasn’t to be.  He was uncomfortable, overtired, and itchy and that made for a rough night for him, and Kelly.  And me.  But he finally got to sleep and he’s still asleep this morning as I write this.

I tried getting up this morning to do a little writing, but it wasn’t to be, so it looks like today will be my first missed day since I started on the novel.  That’s okay.  I’ve done a pretty good job so far and I think I’ve earned a day off.

We’re heading into the City a little later this morning.  I have a lunch around noon, a dinner at 5:30, and the big SFWA event at 7.