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Say Goodbye to Your Warm Nuts

Posted on Monday, March 2nd, 2020

Dave!It's interesting to note how quickly the organization I work with started canceling our travel due to the Coronavirus. Apparently the deciding factor was a Chinese tourist dying in France on Friday, February 14th (Valentine's Day) which showed that people were traveling with the virus, and flying on a plane with them could result in us being infected. This precipitated a discussion over that weekend, and word was handed down the following Monday, February 17th (President's Day) that all non-essential travel was effectively canceled.

For me this meant everything in March and April...

  • Honolulu on March 10th
  • Las Vegas on March 19th
  • Las Vegas on April 6th
  • Los Angeles on April 22nd
  • Honolulu on April 28th

At the time, I had people saying "THAT SEEMS ALARMIST! YOU'RE NOT TRAVELING TO CHINA!" But since we're volunteers, I think the organization prefers to err on the side of caution. If any of us get infected, our livelihoods and family could be in jeopardy.

Of course now that people are dying here in the US and we're on the verge of a pandemic, nobody thinks it's quite so alarmist.

Then last Friday my May trips were canceled and all travel for June and July was removed from being scheduled...

  • San Francisco on May 11th
  • San Diego on May 27th
  • Las Vegas (June)
  • Las Vegas (July)
  • Los Angeles (July)

No idea what this will mean for my other work travel, but the bulk of my flying is gone from the first half of the year. This will be weird for a number of reasons... not the least of which will be losing my frequent flier status! Which means no more free upgrades to First Class and a bowl of warm nuts after take-off. Not that flying coach has ever bothered me, but after having a really good chance of being upgraded for the past 25 years it will definitely be a change...

Warm Nuts in First Class!

But the weirdest thing? Just being at home so darn much. My cats will likely be thrilled.

Sure my trips only last a couple days, but it all adds up. As does the exhaustion. Flying to Honolulu on a Monday then flying back home on Tuesday night or Wednesday morning is a routine that I'm used to, but it doesn't make it any less tiring.

And those warm nuts were a great consolation prize.

Though not for long, I'd imagine. Cue the world's tiniest violin.

And now, before I go, here's John Oliver and a sensible take on the Coronavirus from Last Week Tonight...

Wash your hands, everybody.

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