Made perfect sense; fly to Dallas a day early before starting a run of 31 NHL games in 31 cities in 31 days. A chance to get organized, contemplate, catch up on last minute details.
I arrived in Dallas at about 3:30 central time, figuring I could check-in to my hotel, grab some food, send some necessary e-mails, and then follow and log the NHL action for Thursday night.
At one point I even contemplated popping a ride into town and having some food and/or drink with some of my old Bruins media buddies.
Oh, the best laid plans of mice and men.
In terms of technology, the hotel I had chosen was wildly deficient. To the point where I discovered I was not going to be able to plug in my radio equipment and do the morning show on Friday. I asked if I could use a meeting room. $350 bucks I was told. Next!
So I packed up, moved out, and walked eight minutes to another hotel, where the receptionist on the phone had told me I would have Ethernet plugs and everything else I needed.
She was positive. She was wrong.
When it was all said and done, five hours later, after she and I had called all over the place to find a vacancy and a sufficient room (we didn’t), and after I had walked back to the first hotel with the equipment to see if the jacks in the meeting room actually worked (they didn’t), the fantastic techies (Craig and Sam) from SiriusXM and I came up with a solution.
My dinner at this point had been three mints from the second hotel’s front desk. I then spotted a guy who looked like he just came off an oil rig, going to the elevator, carrying a bag.
“What’s in the bag,” I asked.
“A burger,” he answered, music to my ears.
“Yup,” he smiled, “Whataburger, about a 10-minute walk … at the gas station.”
“Oh cool, thank you,” I said. “Oh goodie,” I thought.
At this point it was 9:30 pm local. I had to eat. I had homework to do. I had to be up at 4:30 to finish prep.
Zzzzzzzzzzz at about 11:15 pm.
Cue the car alarm at 1:15 am. It became part of the dream I was having before I realized it was real and it woke me up.
So I jumped up for two hours and watched all the highlights.
Back to sleep for 90 minutes.
Show time at 6 am.
So, I’d say it’s going pretty good so far, eh? Ha ha. And the 31 in 31 hasn’t even started yet.
Did I mention something the other day about patience being a virtue? It is, and meeting some very nice, helpful people along the way didn’t hurt.
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