Good morning from the Dick Butkus International Airport here in Chicago where everything is (hopefully) fine after some unpleasant moments this morning.
I decided to stay in Chicago on Monday instead of traveling ahead to Toronto. No offense to the good people of Toronto, but I like Chicago better. I booked myself on the first flight to Toronto this morning, which was supposed to be at 6:35 a.m. on American Airlines.
Then my cell phone rang at 3:45 a.m. and a computerized voice announced my flight had been canceled. Not only that but I was re-booked on a flight via Boston that would not get me into Toronto until 4 p.m. With the clubhouse open to the media at 3:30 p.m., that was not good.
So I called and after only 10 minutes or so, I was booked on a 9:05 a.m. direct flight on United at no extra cost. It’ll get me there in plenty of time. So assuming it takes off, everything will be fine. Wish me luck.
Almost every time people learn how often I travel, I get a story about lost luggage or some other calamity. But — knock on wood — I rarely have a problem. Flights are crowded and the level of service has plunged dramatically in recent years. But I enjoy travel. Airports are always interesting places to me. They’re like small cities constantly at rush hour. I hope one day to cover a presidential election. The machinations of a campaign are intriguing and I think it would be interesting to see a different part of the country every day. Plus it would make for great blogging and Twittering.
I actually started out as a news writer for my college paper and covered speeches at UMass by George McGovern, Jesse Jackson and the Dalai Lama. But I gravitated back to sports because that was what I knew best and what I covered for my hometown paper when I was a kid. But maybe somebody I’ll write about the serous stuff again. More serious than who the No. 5 starter will be, at least.
The Lama, by the way, was palling around with Richard Gere at the time. Now A-Rod is palling around with Richard Gere. I’m fairly sure that’s all he has in common with the Lama. Nice guy, the Lama. Very peaceful.
Not much else to report. Check back later.