Wednesday evening in Portland was dark and rainy. One of the heaviest storms hit the city as we prepared to take Kipling, our Bichon Frise rescue dog, over to my son’s house for a week of care while we attend the Commonfund investment conference for a week. We were about to leave the house when we received a call came from our daughter-in-law that our son was hit by a car while returning home from work on his bicycle. Portland is a well-known bicycle friendly city.
“Don’t panic, but Eric is in the medical clinic being X-rayed for broken bones.” That was the essence of the phone call. Turns out that he is OK, but shaken up with some bad bruises to the left shoulder and left tibia. Despite being lit up like a Christmas, the auto driver did not see him while making a right-hand turn crossing the bike lane. This was not the start we expected for our investment conference. At least his injuries were not a serious as mine when a red-tailed hawk took me off my bicycle some 12 years ago, but that is another story.
After spending a night at an airport motel, due to an early morning flight, we took off on time for Dulles Airport in Washington, D.C. In preparation for our flight, I purchased a nano iTouch for my wife and created a music playlist as well as several audio books she wanted to listen to while traveling.
If you search Music on the original blog (http://itawealthmanagement.com) or this blog, you will find composers such as Beethoven, Gounod, Schubert, Mozart, as well as performers, Jimmy Buffett, Sissel, Katherine Jenkins, Govi, Enya, Celtic Thunder, Guy Clark, Pavarotti, Misty River, etc. Quite an eclectic collection for any music lover.
Once safely in Washington, D.C., and all the while, thankful our son did not incur severe injuries, we were informed there would be a 1.5 hour delay due to thunder storms and runway construction in Fort Lauderdale, FL. Finally on the plane around 6:30 p.m. and away from the gate, we were informed there would be another delay of 45 minutes due to Florida storms. The time passed and I was on my second round of listening to all this wonderful music through my Bose noise cancellation headphones when we receive news of another weather related delay.
Nearly an hour passed when yet another delay of 45 minutes came through. Finally, we were released for takeoff and the 2.5 hour ride into Florida was one of the roughest I’ve experienced in years.
Oh, yes. I forgot to mention that after securing our seats on the Dulles flight, the plane was down-sized and we ended up in the very rear of the plane. Call it riding in steerage. This was a minor inconvenience considering how the trip began the evening before.