Monday, March 16, 2009

The best laid plans

Dr. Kanti Rai's office called to cancel my appointment in New York next week. His travel plans changed.

And so will mine now. The trip to NYC is locked in unless I want to shell out usury fees for the privilege of flying out a different day. This disabled doc is doing his best to help the airline sector in these rough time, but I have my limits.

Instead I am scrambling to reschedule an appointment while I am out east in to lecture in Pittsburgh or Baltimore. I am looking at trains and planes. It is not easy. It is not cheap. It is not fun. And it is not restful.

But it is not an option to not do it.

The present plan is fly to Baltimore on Wednesday night, leave by train for NYC, then onto Long Island Thursday morning, see Dr Rai on Long Island Thursday afternoon, take the Long Island Railroad back to Penn station to take Amtrak back to Baltimore that evening to be ready to lecture the next morning, leave that afternoon to fly to Chicago to lecture the next morning, then fly home that night.

I am exhausted just typing it. 

I think flying to NYC a day before Pittsburgh is a better plan, if he is available. That means I leave New York on Monday and come back on Thursday.

Crazy, but hey I have options and the energy to at least plan it. And this is a trivial problem that time and money can remedy.

That is not true for all my battles. Having leukemia gives me perspective.

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4 Comments:

Blogger Lezlei Ann Young said...

Doc...travel arrangements get harder and harder to manage. I spent 3 hours this morning planning a business trip! Not even my money and it still was drama!

I say you schedule your priority...it's not negotiable... and schedule everything else around it!

Praying for you!
Lezlei

March 16, 2009 at 7:50 PM  
Blogger Alison said...

Good luck with it, Brian - doesn't sound easy!

March 16, 2009 at 9:54 PM  
Blogger Judy Cleri said...

Hum....have you heard the words take it easy and get lots of rest??????

Oh how I miss the days of traveling all over and working with airlines and being gone 3 weeks a month......NOT......
Whatever you decide do what is best for you and take it easy.

J

March 17, 2009 at 8:03 AM  
Blogger C.R. said...

Glad you changed the schedule so I could see the picture of the retro terminal. I was on Soutwest this morning returning from Sonoma County. Would really like to visit your restaraunt picks you highlighted.

Would love to see you when you're back in town.

C.R.

March 24, 2009 at 4:35 PM  

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