I've been trying to post up from California, but the net connection was really sucky and kept dropping me. It was a good trip out to Cali but not without some challenges. 4 days in Orange County (east of LA). Two companies to audit, lots of LA freeway traffic to battle. Audits went well. Weather was fantastic - clear skies, temps in the mid 60-70s. I finally got off my lazy ass and got back to running in the morning. On these audit trips, I typically make it a habit to put in some miles to work off the meals we eat on the road. Normally like to wake up early and hit the trails before we do our audits (ala 0530) to give me an head start on the day. My buyer has been working hard on an exercise regime and trying to stay focused on her training (has dropped 30 lbs since she started it) and wanted to take a run with me one morning since she has a 5k Zombie run coming up next weekend (still trying to get me to run as well). Our hotel was located next door to the Honda Center (basketball & hockey) and just across the freeway from the Anaheim Angels stadium (baseball). Being a real sports nut, she wanted to run a lap or two around the stadium while we were in town and I was willing to lead the route. So we hit the streets around dawn and ran over to the stadium for a lap or two. A bit of a convoluted trail, but we managed to get to the stadium without any issues. Nice old ball park. Did a couple of laps and had a chance for a few pictures for her kids before we headed back. When we got back to our hotel, we noticed that the ongoing street construction adjacent to the hotel had gotten a bit chaotic. There was a 20 foot tall geyser going on in the street with water flowing everywhere. After working our way around the flood, we made it back to the hotel but it dawned on us that this broken main might have a bit of an impact upon our hotel. Yep. It turns out that the entire hotel had no water pressure. Normally not a problem except we had just done a decent 5k run and were pretty gamy and had a flight to catch back home.
Improvise, Adapt, Overcome - my coworker resorted to using the cache of bottled water given to us my our last supplier as a means to combat the situation while I took to the hotel pool/hot tub to rinse off. Not exactly per the plan, but it did work out. I felt sorry for the staff having to deal with all of the irate guests and hassles of no running water. I was emphasizing with the manager on how hard it was going to be to recover and clean up before the weekend crowd hit town.
Now, if that wasn't enough drama, as we were checking out this morning, along comes the news about the shooting at LAX. We were not going through LAX for any of our travels (avoid it like the plague), instead we were going through John Wayne Airport. We were not sure on how this news would impact our plans, but expected the worse. Given that LAX was completely closed down for hours, we expected pandemonium. Turns out not quite as bad as we had feared, but still the flight was full with people who had to change plans to catch connecting flights. Despite all of those challenges, we made it home on time and was able to greet momma and the kids when I got home. Between all the slobbery kisses I got, it's hard to say which one missed me more.
Working to catch up with everyone.