One of the great joys of travel is when you cut it really close…and it works.
After my annoying delays in Lisbon earlier this week, I was happy to be back in my home turf. I flew up to San Francisco yesterday afternoon to spend the evening with my brother, then flew back this morning.
The trip could not have been smoother. Literally, it worked like a Swiss clock.
I left my office in Glendale at 3:45PM. My flight to San Francisco left Burbank at 4:20PM. Traffic was heavy, but I know which lanes to use on I-5. By 3:57PM I had parked at the airport, walked in, and found no security line.
After clearing security, boarding had just begun and I proceeded directly onto the aircraft.
The flight was smooth and we landed 30 minutes ahead of schedule in SFO. I proceeded directly to the Grand Hyatt SFO, where I watched the Democratic debate while waiting for my brother to arrive.
We had a nice chat and some dinner, then I got a good rest. I’m still jet lagged from my three weeks in Europe/Israel, so I was up very early this morning.
After a nice breakfast, I left the hotel at 7:10AM…to catch a 7:45AM flight back to Burbank. The train dropped me off in SFO’s Terminal 3 at 7:15AM, I proceeded through security (about 50-people deep in the PreCheck line) and by 7:25AM was on my way to my gate.
Boarding had begun ahead of schedule and closed at 7:30AM, but I wasn’t worried. I hopped down the bouncy moving walkway, bypassed the food court and walked down concourse F, where I was among the last to board.
The aircraft door closed behind me and we were off to Burbank…ahead of schedule and due to arrive again roughly 30 minutes early.
This trip could not have been smoother.
I think any road warrior can appreciate my sentiment. Any unforeseen delay may have doomed my trip, but when everything works out it sure feels great to cut it so close.
Do you like to cut it close when you travel?