I should never have gotten on the plane.
July 10, 2018.
1:30 pm Nala is stepping on my feet. She knows what the suitcase means. Looks mournfully at me as I walk out the door.
1:35 Michael finishes surgery and picks me up so uber is not needed. Leave for airport.
2:00 No traffic. Arrive at airport.
2:10 Expedia erased my identifying number so boarding pass does not have TSA precheck. Get into gigantic line that is configured like a maze so you don't really know how long you are waiting for.
2:30 Get through line. Have time to buy a salad from Wolfgang Puck. Walk down Terminal C. Buy it. Head over to Terminal A.
2:50 Arrive at gate.
2:55 Call from unknown number. Pick it up. It is Jack with another attorney Brian who I don't know. They tell me the depositions we are taking tomorrow in Missouri may not happen. An attorney has brought a shorten time motion to quash the subpoenas issued by the defendant whom Jack represents.
2:56 My first thought is to exit the airport. But I don't. Big mistake.
2:58 They are telling me this predicament I say - let's call our judge and ask her to call the Missouri judge.
3:00 - 3:30 Texts, emails, phone calls, draft a declaration, say holy cow multiple times. Stomp feet. Wonder if should not get on plane.
3:31 Get on plane.
3:45 Plane leaves gate. Waits in line to take off. Takes off.
7:00 Denver time which is 6:00 Seattle time, pilot says bad weather and we will stay in sky and fly in a big circle for 45 minutes.
7:15 We are supposed to land by now. But don't.
7:50 We land.
7:51 Ask attendant if I will miss the connection. She says go right to the gate.
7:55 Exit plane and go right to the gate. Plane is delayed. Instead of leaving at 7:45 it is leaving at 8:10. This is good.
8:00 Walk as fast as can on moving walkways down 50 gates and arrive at gate. Plane is delayed to 9:10 and will not arrive until 11:54 pm.
8:05 Pull out computer and work on brief from Andrew.
9:00 Plane is delayed until 10:37 pm and will not arrive until 1:31 am.
9:02 Call hotel and ask them not to release reservation as will be arriving late.
9:05 Send many texts and mad emojis to girls and Michael and decide the only thing that will make me feel better is French fries.
9:15 Walk down corridor until reach (hurrah) Chick-fil-A. The line is as long as regular TSA. Don't care. Wait.
9:25 Eat delicious French fries dipped in honey mustard sauce.
9:30 Phone rings. Gate change. Plane now will leave at 10:50 pm and arrive at 1:53 am. Rant and rave and send many angry tweets.
9:45 Walk to new gate. The new attendant tells us more lies. Mechanical issue. Go back to drafting brief.
10:30 Another update - now will depart at 11:48 and arrive at 2:42 a.m.
11:00 Attendants change guard again. This one says the plane is coming.
11:30 Ask the attendant if United will give all these passengers a voucher. Apparently not until 4 hours have passed.
11:45 Plane arrives. We are the only people in the entire terminal. We get on. We waited 3 hours 50 minutes so vouchers are avoided.
July 11, 2018
2:50 am Arrive in Missouri it's really only 12:50 Seattle time. We are the only ones in the entire airport.
2:55 Go to pick up rental car. They are closed. Catch Hertz person as they are closing up next door. They have a mini van and will rent it to me for $375 for 3 days. Yeah No.
3:10 Call uber
3:15 Uber arrives
4:05 Enter hotel
4:15 Enter room
4:30 Try to go to sleep. Text Jack that I will need a ride to court in the morning as no car.
7:15 Jack calls. He will be here in 10 minutes. Can be ready in 15. Jump out of bed toss on clothes.
7:30 Run out door.
7:31 Jack drives us for an hour to court.
8:30 Arrive and say hi to all the other Seattle lawyers and Missouri lawyers.
9:00 Go into court.
9:01 Listen as judge lights into the defendants for noting depositions so late. no depositions today. They will start tomorrow. Sit there quietly and helpless.
9:30 Scott drives me back to hotel.
10:30 Arrive at hotel
10:31 Call uber to take me back to airport for rental
10:50 Enterprise: you are at the wrong enterprise.
10:55 Call uber to take me to right enterprise.
11:15 Arrive at right Enterprise: you didn't arrive in one hour and there is no car.
11:16 Throw moderate fit and call Jesica. They tell me to go to a different enterprise. I ask jesica to find a car anywhere other than enterprise.
11:17 Call uber
11:18 Uber arrives and takes me back to hotel.
11:40 Arrive and do some work. Georgia is calling every single rental car place known to human kind in Springfield and they are all sold out.
11:45 Scott calls - One of the deponents has a conflict. Maybe we will depose him today after all. Don't go anywhere just in case.
12:15 Go to Black Sheep Burgers to eat lunch even though it is only 10:15 Seattle time. Knock over basket of French fries. They fly onto the seat and floor. There are a few left. Waiter offers to bring more. But decline as really already ate good amount the night before at Chick-Fil-A. Black bean burger is yummy.
1:00 Finish and walk outside. It is 100 degrees and humid as a shower. Walk one block back to hotel. Jesica has found a car. Yes she has. No she hasn't. Do they or don't they. It is crazy. Right when I've given up - she finds one at Toyota rentals. Continue walking. The streets are abandoned.
1:30 Call uber (yes that's 3 times) and he takes me to the dealership. A nice older man from Egypt who lives here because his new wife came down with breast cancer. Luckily they caught it at stage 2. Her grandmother had it. Skips a generation. Her meds were $200 for a bottle of 60 pills. But after Obamacare was revoked they are now $2,000.
1:56 Scott texts - no deposition after all today.
2:00 Pick up Toyota. $44 per day. Jesica strikes again.
2:20 Drive back to hotel.
2:40 Arrive at hotel. Work more.
3:50 Go for run on treadmill downstairs because would otherwise die from heatstroke if tried to run outside. Listen to audiobook - Crazy Rich Asians book 3 of series.
5:00 Finish run. Clean up. Go for walk. Most everyone is inside. Except for two small groups of probable meth addicts.
5:30 Return to hotel. Do more work. Look up movies.
6:20 Drive to theater as walking is contraindicated.
6:50 See Tag. Isn't that good. But have seen all the others.
8:00 Return to hotel.
8:10 Work on a different motion draft.
11:45 It's only 9:45 Seattle time. But time to turn off computer.
July 12, 2018
12:06 It's only 10:06 Seattle time. Turn off computer.