Adventure On The Way To Atlanta

I arrived at John Wayne Airport this afternoon to find my in laws in the McDonalds… and waiting for the same flight to NECC! Yup. Not only does teaching run in the family, so does a love of educational technology. Not only were they on the same flight, they were in the same row! I switched seats with the friendly guy across the aisle from me so I was sitting with them when 20 minutes into the flight the captain announced we’d be turning around to LAX instead of Atlanta… due to a warning light in the cockpit. Debbie noticed a “white fluid” coming from the right side wing. When we landed (it was rough, though that could’ve been coincidence) we were greeted by the comforting sight of the LAX emergency vehicles you see here flanking us on the runway. Then the captain announced it was a low oil pressure light that forced the landing… later he reportrd we had blown an oil line. The crew seems to think maintenance might be able to fix the problem quickly, but I have my money on this being a long night.

I guess this is the equivalent of having a valet run my car into two others at NECC last year. Sheesh. Hopefully I’lll still be at the edubloggercon tomorrow morning.

UPDATE: A two hour delay was just announced and we’re deplaning.

2 Responses to “Adventure On The Way To Atlanta”

  1. Along the Way » I’m here at NECC in Atlanta! Says:

    [...] I arrived without a hitch in the airport at Atlanta yesterday. From reading the posts in Hitchhikr, it seems many from around the country are beginning to arrive also. Mark Wagner wasn’t as lucky as me. His plane, coming from the John Wayne airport, had to be redirected to Los Angeles. At last post, he had a two hour delay. I hope he makes it in okay, ready for the edublogger conference today. [...]

  2. Educational Technology and Life » Blog Archive » Final NECC Reflections Says:

    [...] I’m exhausted. Nearly four days after returning from NECC in Atlanta and I’m still exhausted. The adventure on the way to out there left me with only two hours of sleep before heading to the edubloggercon. Saturday and Sunday night I did alright getting the sleep and exercise I needed, but after that it was the usual conference whirlwind of staying out too late and then staying up polishing presentations even later. The flight home was another ten hour nightmare (but I was still better off than many of the other edubloggers trying to get home on Wednesday). I got home at 3 am Thursday morning. The following day was lost to resting and recuperating – and things that needed to get done at home. Friday was a mad dash to take care of critical projects, and I again skipped my workout – always a mistake when it comes to my stress level. Since then Saturday and Sunday, though more relaxed and healthy, have been a rush to catch up on email, RSS feeds, and conference follow up. Finally, I am writing my final NECC reflections… but I’m exhausted. I’m ready to put the excitement behind me. (And I hope you’ll excuse this bit of self-indulgent blogging. The exhaustion has turned out to be a big part of the conference experience for me.) [...]