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So the day after I arrived in Colorado Springs on the bus, my friend and I had to catch a flight to Indianapolis. That is a lot of travel – three days worth of travel on two different modes of transportation, and it was very draining.
We were scheduled to leave Colorado Springs about 9:45AM, so we were at the airport by 8:45AM. We grabbed breakfast at McDonald’s on the way to the airport, picked up the person who would be taking care of the car, and then arrived at the airport. Things went smoothly at the ticket counter and we gave our bags to the TSA people for scanning and loading onto the plane. Then we got to go through TSA.
I have to say, TSA can be a royal pain in the rear end. I had to take out my tongue ring to be sure that I would actually get through the checkpoint. I got through but Sarah wasn’t so lucky. Her insulin pump set off the machine because she forgot to take it off. Seriously – it was blatantly obvious that the pump was what set it off. But instead of letting her remove the insulin pump and send it through the x-ray machine, they made her do the whole pat-down thing. It was very obnoxious, especially since she said this isn’t the first time they’ve done this to her because of the insulin pump. We finally got through TSA only to discover that our flight was almost finished boarding.
We hurried on board the plane and got into our seats. We were not sitting together, but rather one in front of the other. You can imagine my excitement to realize I did not need a seat belt extender. (Hey, I’m over 300 lbs here, I expected to need one.) The flight to Denver was about 40 minutes total, including take off and landing times. It was on this flight that I discovered that I have vertigo when the plane is taking off, landing, or banking. Lovely.
At Denver we had to walk from one end of the airport to the other – which made neither of us particularly happy, but we did it. Sarah used the “people movers” but I only used one – after almost falling on my face getting off, I decided to just walk on the carpet thanks. We made it to our gate and realized there was a lot of people who appeared to be headed toward GenCon as well – including author Tracy Hickman and his wife Laura. No, I did not get his autograph because I am a chicken.
Our flight to Indy left late but was pretty uneventful. I relaxed enough to read one of the mods I was running and even managed to get up to go to the bathroom, something I had sworn I would not do. I had intended to spend the entire flight belted into my seat. LOL When we got to Indy I had to admit that the flights were not that bad.
Then there was the hotel fiasco. We told the driver of the bus we were on that we needed the Marriott connected to the convention center. Turns out that since last year, a second Marriott hotel has been connected to the convention center. The bus dropped us off at the JW Marriott, we needed the Indianapolis Marriott. The kicker? The Marriott computer systems are connected – if you have a reservation at any Marriott hotel, the clerk can see you in the system. The clerk said she could not find either Sarah or me in the system. She told us to go through the Skywalks to the other Marriott to see if they had our reservation. We did, and sure enough, they Indianapolis Marriott had our reservation.
Then came the really fun part – the judge’s meeting. That was just a short meeting reminding us of the expectations and giving us our badges and our judge shirts. No biggie. After that we went back to our room and we crashed. It was definitely time for bed – and it was a good thing too, because our day started early on Thursday!