Today, I was supposed to be in Salt Lake City for the Alt Summit blogging conference. I was really excited about the learning and mingling opportunities.
The morning started off really well with an on time departure from Santa Barbara at 5:30 am (yes, 5:30 AM…the Silver Lining is that I am a morning person) and another on time departure from Los Angles to Salt Lake City. About an hour into the hour and ten minute flight, our captain came on and said, “The Salt Lake City airport is closed. We are being diverted to Iowa (or Idaho).”
So, right now, instead of listening to a fab-o presentation by best-selling author of Makers and The Long Tail, legendary Editor of Wired Magazine, CEO of 3D Robotics, and one of today’s most influential innovators, Chris Anderson, I find myself sitting on the floor of some tweeny weeny airport in either Iowa (or Idaho). It just occurred to me that it might be a good idea to figure out where the f-bomb I am.
As I am sitting here looking outside at the plane on the snowy and icy runway, I am thinking about how weather and illness are great equalizers:
- Storms and illness happen when you least expect them.
- They both stop you in your tracks. It doesn’t matter if you have plans or things you “have” to do. Life stops and changes in an instant.
- There isn’t a single thing that a anyone can do to change a storm or a diagnosis.
- It doesn’t matter who you are, what you have or where you live, diagnoses and storms still happen.
- The only thing that we can control is our attitude.
- I remembered to grab gloves on my way out the door (because it is f-bomb COLD here!).
- The itty-bitty, teensy-tiny airport has Wii-Fii (for FREE!). JFK International Airport could take a lesson. Just sayin’…
- Plenty (LOADS!) of time to catch up on email!
- The couple sitting next to me (also on the floor) kindly offered to charge my phone (because my electronics are, of course, still on the plane).
- I won’t stay here forever.
PS – I just heard a guy say, “I’m stuck in Idaho.” So, I guess I’m in Idaho.