Sunday, January 15, 2012
Airplane Bloggin’: South of Border Edition
(posted days late from Guadelajara Airport on the way back to Estados Unidos)
I have to begin by apologizing. To the crickets. Yes, I’ll acknowledge that I haven’t much of a readership. That’s OK – I write for me, just like Ivan Drago. Yes, just like that. I am the Ivan Drago of bloggers. I have no idea what that means.
I am currently on the way to Guadelajara, Mexico, which, for the geographically undistinguished, is the second largest city in Mexico, a very distant second. I am going with Charles, who’s been previously described in this space as truly the most interesting man in the world. He hasn’t done anything to lower my estimation in that regard, and my presence on this trip bears testament.
We are headed to Guadelajara because Charles is a partner in a technology company that is providing a clean water solution to a part of the world that desperately needs it. In fairness, most of the world needs it, but Guadelajara is as good a place to start as any. I’m assuming I’ll even be able to post this at my hotel – it looked nice enough online. I’m sure they have the internet in Guadelajara, right?) The ribbon cutting for the installation of this technology is tomorrow – with environmental bigwigs and financial titans with an environmental bent apparently circumventing the globe to attend. Prince of Monaco, supposedly, that sort of person. Me? Well, I am basically attending as what…? Moral support? Legal safety valve? Charles’ caddy? Whatever, it seems like an amazing development and I’m happy to be invited (and on someone else’s dime). THe big issue is going to be whether I can find a place to watch the Giants deep in southern Mexico. Got my doubts. I’ve been amped up on football (not futbol) quite a bit more than usual the past month, so I’ll be disappointed not to be able to watch the whole game. However, some things need to take precendence.
In other news, the environmental technology company with which I am involved has rented a corporate apartment in Las Vegas. Charles and I are the primary residents to be. Its nothing fancy, but its clean, quiet, everything works and there is good water pressure (I’m very big on good water pressure). It does mean though, after a short hiatus of seven months, I am once again splitting time between two cities. It was Albuquerque and LA before this, and before that, LA and NYC. Vegas is a bit closer, a four hour drive at the right time of day (perhaps a bit more), but once again I’ll be back and forth it seems. Not necessarily my life’s dream or preference, but as I said before, some things have to take precedence.
I flew from Miami with the folks (three weeks all in) straight back to Vegas for work, and spent last week at the Flamingo (5/10 on the yikes factor) before the corporate apartment was ready. One night there and we left for LA. I got a whole, lets call it, forty hours in Venice before getting the call on Mexico. I’m not complaining, and I was actually getting a bit bored sitting in Venice for the day on Thursday. Charles, interesting man that he us, came to the rescue, and so this too, should be interesting.
I’ll let you know.