I have been traveling for work today. Here are some related insights:
1. I know I should boycott Arizona, but I had a layover in Phoenix and my custom of getting a Pizza Hut Personal Pan Pizza (or whatever they're called these days) while killing time in an airport won out. The moral outrage, she is weak compared to the tummy.
2. The language that airline employees use when making announcements is really odd: "We DO ask that you store your smaller personal item underneath the seat in front of you," "We DO appreciate your patience during the boarding process," "We WILL ask that you pay with a major credit card." Normally you would only use that kind of emphasis if someone had questioned whether you really meant what you were saying: "You don't really appreciate my patience!" "Yes, I DO!" So I guess that's apt, then.
3. The hotel I am staying in has Guest Laundry Rooms, for which I am grateful. I am even more psyched that the washers and dryers are the EXACT SAME ones as we had in the dorms in college. Speed Queen Commercial Washers and Dryers! With the coin slots and everything! It takes me back. There was some way to rig them so the quarters (or something that substituted for quarters?) stayed in the slots and you didn't have to pay, but I don't remember what it was and probably wouldn't try it even if I did.
4. There is something nice about having a rental car and your own hotel room and being able to set up your little world however you want, and to watch TV in bed. I am not going all George Clooney in Up in the Air, though, and I will see if I still agree with this in 13 days, when I am still at the Executive Inn and Suites by the freeway in Oakland. (In case you want to look me up.)
5. The time zones got away from me and I forgot to call before it got unreasonably late, Mom and Dad. Sorry. Talk to you sometime this week.