LEINIE ’n’ SAUSAGE
The day started slowly for me which meant I didn’t make the breakfast club meeting at Tempo, our favourite touring deli. Hell, I didn’t even make it to the gym. Orange Juice, Cappuccino and a Peninsula Bircher Muesli was ordered via telephone to the room almost without internal dialog. The Peninsula was and I think (I’ll tell you in 5 days) still is, our favourite hotel, full stop. It’s nothing particularly special, it just all fits and works perfectly. And the windows open!!! Something that most modern hotels in the US fail to deliver. The reason? It’s cheaper to build and their insurance premiums are lower. I don’t know anyone who likes staying in an airless hotel room (AKA cell) no matter how sophisticated the air conditioning system is, without opening windows, do you?
With such a late hotel departure today, there was simply no excuse for my lack of exercise. I’ll make up for it tomorrow. The lateness was written into the schedule as the crew journey from Kansas City was a long one, so an extra hour and a half was figured into the timings.
Taking off from a VERY busy Midway airport at 5pm for a show in Minneapolis seemed unusually late but it all worked out. Traffic was also factored into the timings. A good job too as the run out of Chicago was solid. No-one seemed to know why Midway was so busy, it was extraordinary. Planes taxiing and launching from every direction and shuttle bus drivers sweating and shaking their heads, trying to ferry VIP’s smoothly to their luxury Lears and Legacies.
Captain Gray Gibbs and 1st Officer Blake Spencer (recognise him from yesterday?), our pilots for today…