Thursday was my travelling day. My roommates took me to the airport, so that was a good thing. Plane was on time. There was even an empty seat next to me, which is a relief for a fat girl like me. I wasn’t crowding anybody. The landing was amazing, I almost didn’t feel it at all. Then I got to Atlanta airport. The airport, according to the announcements, is the busiest passenger airport in the US. It was actually pretty easy to navigate and I even got some bad Asian fusion food there. The problem is, I arrived at 3:30 and the bus to the facility didn’t arrive until after 7:30. We got to the facility about 9:00, had an orientation briefing, grabbed a box dinner and made it to my room about 9:30. Just about passed out.
Today my day started at 6:00 am. I sometimes don’t go to bed until then, so this was very early for me. There was coffee in the room and I managed to get breakfast before going to my first meeting. Meetings started at 8:00. I actually dozed off a time or two during the lecture, I’m not sure what I missed. Then we began the other processing. I went to security and had to re-key my badge. I went to lunch. Then I went to IT to get my laptop set up. We used our badges to log in to the computer. Guess what? My badge didn’t work. So after waiting almost 3 hours to get to IT, they couldn’t even help me. Then the intranet went down. At 6 I left IT without my laptop working. I made it back to campus in time to grab some dinner. Now I am in my room, watching the Weather Channel, cooling off, catching up.
The room is actually not bad. The facility is a decommissioned air force base, so the rooms are like a dorm. The walls are painted cinder block. There is a tv and wifi. I have a full-sized fridge, a microwave and a coffee maker here in the room. I share a bathroom — well, toilet and shower, there is a sink in my room — with one neighbor. I haven’t met her yet and possibly never will. The bed is tall enough that I have trouble getting into it.
Tomorrow my first meeting is at 6:00 am, so that means getting up about 4:30. People who arrived Wednesday are already shipped out, so I wonder if there is a plan for us to be gone by tomorrow night. Maybe not until Monday, I could wish. In any case, Florence is still active and they won’t know where to send us until the storm abates.
Right now they know of 5 deaths associated with the storm. Almost a million people are without power. Many more are without water. How ironic, storm surge is causing widespread flooding but people are lacking potable water. Storm should last until Sunday morning, raining the whole time. The wind, while strong, is tolerable but the water is causing a LOT of damage. Florence was a cat 4 a few days ago and dropped to a cat 1 before making landfall. People didn’t evacuate, probably because they felt like it wasn’t going to be as severe, and now there are people on their roofs calling to be rescued.
For myself, I have posted in a few sites what’s going on, and of course blogged here. I am going to do my morning pages, lol, my not-morning pages, laying in bed. It’s 9:15 and I should be asleep soon to get up early.