BY MATT POE
That’s right, a couple weeks ago, I took a road trip for IHN. I headed out to Los Angeles for the Student & Youth Travel Association’s Annual Conference to do research and attend meetings on a project I’m working on for them.
I had thought about delivering a full report, but that would have been boring: meeting, hotel room, sleep, repeat.
Instead I’ll share some random neural firings (I have a lot of those but usually keep them to myself) I either wrote in my notes or actually remember from the trip.
• It’s been over a year since I’ve used air travel. Hasn’t changed a bit.
• TSA agents at the Muskegon County Airport couldn’t be more friendly.
• TSA agents everywhere else either couldn’t care less or see themselves as the only line of defense against terrorism (drop the juice, Grandma!).
• My only celebrity sighting was in Chicago’s O’Hare Airport. Phil Simms, who won Super Bowl XXI with the New York Giants and is currently with CBS. My reaction: “Huh. Seen him on TV before.”
• I can’t sleep on airplanes anymore. Oh, I can fall asleep, but my head bobbles around so much that I wake up.
• Flight attendants haven’t changed.
• Having a pre-arranged pickup at the airport is a wonderful thing.
• Nothing ever goes absolutely perfect when checking in at the show and getting your badge.
• Let’s see. I need to insert my key card to use the hotel elevator, but after I swipe it, I can hit several floor numbers? Is that really secure?
• Conferences are very different when you’re focused on one project.
• You’re not as important as you think you are.
• To some people, you’re very important.
• When your daughter has had you home for a year, overnight trips are not easy.
• Some people keep appointments; some people don’t.
• A hug that lasts a few extra seconds feels really good.
• Roundtables will either be poorly attended or well attended. A packed room for roundtables is very satisfying.
• I still like red-eye flights.
• Don’t put your baby in his car carrier in the seat next to me and say that he won’t wake up. Wheels up, eyes open. (To be fair, the little one didn’t make a peep the entire flight.)
• What is so difficult to understand about boarding when your group number is called?
• Your daughter hugging you for dear life at the airport when you get home makes any trip a success.