Sunday, July 12, 2009

12 of 12 - July 2009

Thinking about renaming this The Joni 12 of 12 Blog since that seems to be the only thing I've posted this year. Guess I'm in an introspective place where I'm doing more thinking and dwelling on stuff rather than writing about it. (See Chad Darnell's Blog for details about the 12 of 12)

So, this month's 12 of 12, subtitled Leaving Las Vegas, is all about me trying to get back from a quick weekend vacation to Vegas with my parents. They had a longer trip planned, but I tagged along for two days just to get away and get some rest. All that rest was pretty much undone on the trip home, but such is the life of a standby traveler.

Anyway, since I was losing 3 hours on the travel back east, I decided to start my 12th at 12:00 a.m. eastern time, so it was 9:00 p.m. in Vegas as I got started.

12:05 am (et) - The Bellagio Fountains - Stopped to watch the water show one more time before leaving the hotel to head to the airport for my flight home. Always love it when we get a room on the side where you can watch the show.

12:10 a.m. - Mom taking a peak out at the activity on the Strip.

12:33 a.m. - Waiting on the the train to the terminal and fiddling with my camera, I manage to finally find an angle where it doesn't look like I have 14 chins.

12:36 a.m. - On the train to the D Terminal at LAS. After the flash went off when I snapped this one, all these people turned to give me a dirty look. Trying to figure out a way to unobtrusively photograph random people without giving them the creeps or having them give me dirty looks. I tried after this to turn off the flash as I snapped, but the quality sucks when I do. Any advise from you 12 of 12ers that are more experienced photographers??

1:19 a.m. - from the terminal window - See you later Vegas!

2:50 a.m. .... and by later, I guess I mean in an hour and a half. While getting ready to push back, they found a problem with the a/c, so we were delayed a couple of hours waiting on the fix. They initially said we could stay on board or deplane as we preferred, but after the on board temp went above 90, they had us all deplane. So, back at the gate, waiting on the all clear and looking for some photo ops

2:58 a.m. - as opposed to throwing away any more money.

9:22 a.m. - Yay - back home in ATL. This train is leaving the station, please hang on.

9:26a.m - Welcome to Atlanta

10:23 a.m. - Took a little while to get my bag from baggage claim (had to gate check it at the last minute as I was the last one cleared onto the flight) and then had to wait on the shuttle over to the office, so finally making it home and picking up my mail. Wow - Michael Jackson died. I had not heard that.

11: 02 a.m. - Not really sure what I did, but my knee and ankle are both very sore and very swollen, so I had to drag out 4 different ice packs to try and get some relief. Finally took a pain pill and crashed for the rest of the day...

until a storm woke me up well after dark. Not really sure what time this was as the power had gone out and I was still sort of groggy from the jet lag and pain pill.

So, there you go. Thanks for visiting. See you next month, if not sooner.