Trapped in DC for the night.

Oh man, is today ever rocky.  The landing in Dulles was the worst of my life.  Plenty of wind shear and lots of rocking of our tiny plane.  For those who don’t know, I’m a very nervous flyer.  My hands were so sweaty I couldn’t white-knuckle the arm rest, despite my brain sending out the command to do so repeatedly.  After a missed approach and taking a second time to line up the landing they finally got the plane down.  I made it to the bathroom before throwing up.  I rule.

Apparently weather all over the country sucks today.  I’ve heard the closed down LaGuardia for a bit and that Chicago was seeing more delays than usual.  Long story short, my flight out of DC got delayed and there was literally no way for them to get me to Madison today.  So United was kind enough to toss me in a hotel with some food vouchers and to put me on the 6:30a flight out tomorrow.  I’d usually say “w00t free hotel room!”, except my job is my vacation, and I was planning on getting good and snockered with the fine people of Madison tonight.  It’ll just have to wait til tomorrow though.

I hear there’s a Medieval Times here…if any of you locals wanted to hit that up, I could be persuaded.

About JT Eberhard

When not defending the planet from inevitable apocalypse at the rotting hands of the undead, JT is a writer and public speaker about atheism, gay rights, and more. He spent two and a half years with the Secular Student Alliance as their first high school organizer. During that time he built the SSA’s high school program and oversaw the development of groups nationwide. JT is also the co-founder of the popular Skepticon conference and served as the events lead organizer during its first three years.

  • Ryan

    Yeah, there is one, over in my neck of the woods on the Maryland side of the Potomac, nearer to Baltimore than to DC. You said you came in through Dulles, so unless you want a 55+ mile jaunt through Friday evening DC traffic, I suggest something else.

    • Elizabeth

      Just about to say that…wrong airport; I think the Medieval Times is close to BWI.

      • Ryan

        It is.

  • Glodson

    I hope you make it out the Medieval Times. It is a fun time, might make up for being stuck.

  • baal

    I hate flying – mostly for being cooped up and having to breath in what everyone is coughing and sneezing out. I suppress going “WWWWWheeeeee!” when there is turbulence though. While I’m having fun, others are busy freaking out and it just doesn’t help them to have me whooping it up.

  • Rich Stage

    My geography might be a bit rusty, but I wasn’t aware that DC is on the way to Wisconsin from Columbus.

    Ya learn something new every day.

  • unbound

    As others have mentioned, Medieval Times is a long ways from Dulles through traffic you don’t want to be in.

    Something that should be pretty close to you is Friday Night Wind Down Series at the Rhino Brewing Co (21730 Red Rum Drive, Ashburn) which should have some local bands and some specials. The deeper you go towards DC, the more activities you can find.

  • Loqi

    I’m sure Madison will help you make up for the lost night.

  • Bill

    I don’t much like flying, either; so I’ll take a train whenever I have the time, or can make the time. On our side of the Pond, though, Amtrak is such a skeletal system that it’s often the case that “you can’t get there from here.” Indeed, it doesn’t even serve Columbus at all. You’d probably have to take a bus to Cleveland or Cincinnati in the wee hours of the morning.

  • neatospiderplant

    Yeah, I don’t like flying either. That’s why we chose a 16 hour road trip to make it to Skepticon instead of a 5 hour flight. I’m lucky that although my husband enjoys flying, he’s still willing to do most of the driving on our long road trips.

    Safe travels on the next leg of your trip!

  • Ubi Dubium

    If your flight gets any more delayed tomorrow, you are just down the road from the Smithsonian’s Udvar-Hazy center, which is a giant hanger full of historic airplanes, including the Enola Gay, a Concorde, and a Space Shuttle. Only daytime hours there, though, not a good night spot.

    You’re only about ten miles from my house. I wish I’d seen this post earlier, I could have come up and picked you up for a dinner out. It’s after 8:00 now, so probably too late for that.

  • Nate Frein

    Damnit! This is what I get for not catching up on blogs yesterday D:

    (I have an excuse! I swear! My wife needed emergency dental work)

    I would have gladly taken you out to dinner. I am sooo sorry :/