The Brass City and Hotlanta

Last Tuesday was a travel day from h#ll. I had an early morning meeting in Danbury, Connecticut, which meant I got up at 5:00 A.M. As I made my way into Hartford, I tuned into the traffic report and learned that there was a major accident in Waterbury. It was a liquid hydrogen tanker truck roll over, and it wasn’t pretty. Interstate 84 was closed in both directions and most of the side roads and alternate routes, including Rt. 8 were closed too. Fortunately, I had a map and I found an OK detour on Rt. 6. However, it was slow going. I spent a lot of time at lights and stuck behind school buses. I made my meeting, though a couple hours late.

The return trip was just as long. I used Rt. 7 and Rt. 202 because I was headed to Bradley International Airport for an afternoon flight to Tucson, Arizona via Atlanta, Georgia. It was a nice drive through Litchfield County. The view from the dam on Barkhamsted Reservoir was very nice, but I didn’t have time to stop for a photo. After a quick visit at a customer’s plant  in Windsor Locks, I made my way to BDL. The flight to Atlanta was uneventful, though the fun had just begun. My arrival gate was T and my departure gate was B. I had a long way to go and a very tight connection. The arrival flight was technically on time (whatever that means!), but I had to hustle to make my next flight. I didn’t have any checked luggage, so that was a non-issue.

Atlanta’s skyline at sunrise during my morning run. It wasn’t very hot!

I went as fast as I could, but it wasn’t fast enough. When I arrived at the gate, the jet-way door was closed and there was no Delta representative to complain to. Game over. Customer service wasn’t very helpful considering I had purchased the cheapest coach fare possible and the missed connection was largely my own doing. The next flight to Tucson was 11 A.M. on Wednesday. Not good. I made the best of the situation. After consulting with an Atlanta friend (who unfortunately was skiing in Utah!), I took the MARTA downtown for dinner at Room in the Twelve Hotel Centennial Park. The hotel was full, but they were kind enough to shuttle me to their other property, Twelve Hotel Atlantic Station. Dinner was good and so was my stay. On Wednesday morning, I did a short run around downtown in the drizzle/darkness and made my way back to the airport to start the trip over again.

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