I was there for fun, while Matt was there for work.
Matt & our sports reporter, Aaron, flew out Thursday morning & I was "supposed" to fly out Thursday at 5pm.
I get on the plane, we back up from the gate & start down the runway. Just before take-off, the Captain gets on the PA system & says there's an issue with his on-board computer.
He said maintenance was going to try to restart it, but if it couldn't be fixed, we'd have to go back to gate.
It wouldn't restart.
So, we taxi back to the gate & deplane.
By this time, I know there's NO WAY I'm going to make my connection in Detroit, even if the computer problem was an easy fix.
I called Matt & he told me to try to get another flight on another airline.
I think I have a flight on Delta, but when I tried to transfer my ticket from Northwest to Delta, the lady at the ticket counter realizes Delta booked me for a flight FOR THE NEXT DAY!
Even though the Delta person told me the plane was leaving at 6:50pm TONIGHT (well, this was last Thursday).
My only option at this point is to fly out on Delta at 6am the next morning.
Since Maisy was at my mom-in-law's house, I picked my suitcase up at the NWA counter & drove to her house to spend the night.
Let's keep in mind here that I had to get up at 5am Thursday morning to take Matt & Aaron to the airport. And, now I have to get up at 3:30am Friday morning to make my 6am flight.
That means by the time I actually got in the air on Friday, I had had about 7 hours of sleep in a 36 hour period.
I get to Atlanta for my connection & I am on the plane & we're taxy-ing on the runway, when the Captain gets on the PA system & says something's wrong with the left engine.
We have to go back to the gate.
We don't deplane, but we sit.
And, sit some more.
Finally, an hour later, the problem's fixed & we're headed to Philadelphia, PA.
We land, I got off the plane & find Matt, who's at the airport waiting on me.
(I had to fly into Philly because it was cheaper. It's only an hour drive to Atlantic City from there).
We get to the baggage carousel & we wait.
And, wait some more.
FINALLY, my bag is THE LAST BAG OFF THE PLANE.
We waited for 30 minutes for this bag.
Then, on our way to Atlantic City, we run out of gas.
Well, not really.
But, the line on the gas gauge was WAY BELOW the empty line.
We make it to the gas station just in time, thank goodness.
Once we got to the hotel, though, everything else that happened during our weekend was great...except for the outcome of the fight.
We all had a WONDERFUL time & got home Sunday without any problems.
Take a look at all the pictures below.
The Atlantic City sign over the last toll booth on the Expressway
Matt & Aaron acting tough at the weigh-in
The Atlantic Ocean
I swear, these birds are following us
The Boxing After Dark crew...Lennox Lewis, Jim Lampley & Larry Merchant
Me with 10th row ringside media pass
Aaron & his friend, who also got a media pass to the fight
Me & Matt at the fight