7Stone's Log, StoneDate: Wednesday, December 10, 2014
I was born and raised in Southwestern PA, and lived most of my adult life in Ohio. I know what cold weather feels like. I have lived in San Diego the past 15 years. It rarely gets below 50 degrees, let alone 40 or 30. You get used to the warm climate and the blood gets thicker. I am currently working in Martinsburg, WV, and it is December and it is in the low 30s with strong winds and just enough precipitation to intensify the cold chill. There is no restaurant in the Hampton Inn. So besides traveling to the work-site each day I have to travel about for lunch and dinner (Hampton Inn does provide a free breakfast).
All last week I was in St. Louis and it was almost as cold, but I was staying and working in a Hilton downtown by the Cardinals ballpark, so it wasn't nearly as bad - didn't even have to go outside to find food. I got home last Friday night, and left again Sunday morning for WV but with a terrible cold and soar throat. Flew from San Diego to Washington DC on United, upon which I have no status. Then I had to catch a small, 8-seat, 2-propeller plane operated by Sun Air/Pacific Wings to Hagerstown, MD. Well, my checked bag arrived with me in Hagerstown, but my rental car keys were not left for me at the airline counter as promised by the rental car company at the airport. They closed at 2 pm on Sunday and I arrived at 6:30 pm. I called Friday to remind them and they assured me everything would be ready for me when I arrived. Luckily I was able to call a cab company that was willing to drive me to Martinsburg. I was at the Hampton Inn by 8 pm, but found that my company booked the room for the wrong person. After a bit of confusion I was in my room. I called a local cab company to reserve a ride to my work-site for Monday morning, and then went to bed.
Monday morning my cab did not arrive. When I called their number their voice mailbox was full. Luckily someone at the work-site was able to pick me up. I found there was a rental car company in Martinsburg - Enterprise. They picked me up at the work-site at noon and took me to their center and within a half hour I was in my car heading for lunch and then back to work. Enterprise let me return the car to their Hagerstown center, and agreed to take me to the airport. I was set for the week.
7Stone's Log, StoneDate: Friday, December 12, 2014
It is now Friday. I finished my work early and now I am sitting in the Hagerstown airport. I was hoping to get an earlier flight but no luck with that, so I am stuck with nothing to do for several hours. No restaurant and the vending machine won't work. Time for some blues.
While I sit here listening to John Mayall's USA Union group, Don "Sugarcane" Harris is fiddling about on Mayall's very sad song, "Crying", about a relationship gone terribly wrong. Harris really shines on this cut; an all-time favorite of mine.
7Stone's Log, StoneDate: Saturday, December 13, 2014
Well, I thought I would be home Friday night. As fate would have it, my flight from Washington-Dulles to San Francisco was delayed due to mechanical failure, thus causing me to miss my flight from San Francisco to San Diego. They put me up at the Embassy Suites in San Francisco, but due to so many people missing flights it took a couple hours before I was in my hotel room. I only had three hours to rest before getting up to catch the shuttle back to the airport and catch my flight to San Diego. All seemed to go well until arriving in San Diego at 8 am, where I discovered my checked bag with all my clothes and work materials had not followed me. In addition to this, Nancy was waiting for me in the airport cell phone lot and her car would not start. Our son's girlfriend was kind enough to pick me up, but Nancy had to wait for roadside service, which took one and a half hours to arrive. They jumped her battery and the car started up fine. But this week we will have to get a new battery. I am writing this at 5:50 pm and my bag has not yet arrived. I leave again tomorrow to head for Miami for another work week and need the clothes and materials that have not arrived.
I was going to compile a list here of music, both local and otherwise, that I discovered during this past year. With everything else I've had to do today it has proven impossible to get to this. I will try again next weekend to provide this information. At least I got to squeeze in one selection, mentioned above.