Monday, December 24, 2012

Flight or Fight

A little more than a year ago, I hailed a cab at 4:30 a.m., pulled my suitcase in after me, and told the driver I needed to get to LaGuardia airport. As we drove up Broadway, he asked me who I was running from.

Excellent question, but where to begin? A more revealing line of inquiry would tap into who and what I am running from.

Early-morning flights always seem like a productive idea at the online-booking stage, especially if you’re in a first-rate mood and sipping coffee or wine at the time. You fall into full-on Carpe Diem mode, figuring that once the aircraft lands you’ll have the entire day ahead of you and this will be a good thing. It’s only the night before the flight, when you’re futzing around at 1 a.m. and realizing you need to physically be inside of the airport in 5 hours, that the gravity of what you’ve gone and done begins to sink in.

What does being a night owl mean to me? I consider myself a martyr every time I wake up before dawn.

Another Martyr Morning has come, I’m in full-on Carpe Zombie mode, no amount of caffeine will snap me out of it, and I can’t sleep on planes. The last time this happened, I made a promise to myself: This is it. I’m never booking an early-morning flight again, and this time I mean it.

I’m much better with the promises I make to others than I am with the ones I make to myself. But New Year’s Resolution season is as good a season as any to bring a new operating strategy to my table. 


  1. Haha.. I'm not good with New Years Resolution either but I still make a list every year! =p

  2. LOL! This exact same thing happened to me. I swore that I would never book flights too early again - the exhaustion from travelling means you end up wasting not just a few hours, but an entire day!

  3. Booking too early is surpassed only by booking too late in the day for the return flight. You get into LaGuardia or JFK at 11:00 p.m. on Sunday night, with a full day of work facing you on Monday. (That is, assuming the flight was not delayed by snow, which can be a large assumption. No one would intentionally book to arrive at 3:00 a.m., with a full day of work on Monday, but it certainly happens a lot in winter.)

  4. I quite like early morning flights, but I do live a long way from the airport!