This past weekend I went to Raleigh, NC, for Jay & Jack’s annual charity podcast for Autism Speaks. I was supposed to go last year, but backed out because of so many things happening all at once. There was a point where I thought I might have to do it again this year, but I was determined to go and thankfully was able to.
In my head I thought that my flight left at 6 am on Friday morning. The night before after I got in bed around 10 pm, I checked my itinerary just to be sure and I learned that it actually left at 5:15 am. The last few times I had early morning flights I didn’t get up soon enough, so I barely made it there in time. I got up at 2am after sleeping a little under 4 hours. I got there in plenty of time. There was no line at security even though there is usually a decent line for 6am flights. The flight there was long, but I had TV and books to pass the time. Dan picked me up from the airport along with a few others we went to a restaurant and met up with the others. Most of the people I had met before at SDCC 2011 or had contact with them online. I did meet some new people though. After dinner we walked over to an ice cream place. When we were stuffed we went back to our hotel and played a card game before going to bed. I was rooming with Jon this weekend. I roomed with him at SDCC 2011. I didn’t get to see him much back then, so I was glad to be able to hang out with him this weekend.
I slept about 10 hours that night. I missed a chance for an early morning run that some of the group went on. Hopefully, they’ll keep that tradition alive next year. By the time I got up, it was time to go bowling. I like to bowl even though I’m not good at it. I got to meet Dale for the first time at the bowling alley. After bowling, we went shopping for snacks and headed to the ice plex for the 12 hour charity podcast. I’ve listened to bits and pieces of the podcast every year since I’ve known about, but I don’t think I’ve never listened to the entire thing. It was a lot of fun. The guests were entertaining and we kept ourselves entertained. I guess I did miss a little bit when everybody started skating. I didn’t actually skate myself. Maybe next year. We went to bed around 4 am.
On Sunday, I got some breakfast with a few people and we went to Jay and Colleen’s for a barbecue after doing some grocery shopping beforehand. There was so much beer and food and it was so good! It was nice We played Cards Against Humanity and watched the season premiere of Game of Thrones. It was nice getting to hang out with the group one last time. We had a short after-party at the hotel later.
Monday morning a small group of us had breakfast and the hills drove Vicki and myself to the airport. My plane didn’t leave until that afternoon, so I had a long wait. I watched TV and got caught up on emails. After a long time in the air I arrived back in Portland late Monday night.
I had an awesome time in Raleigh, meeting new people and seeing people I hadn’t seen in years.Going into it, I thought it would be at least a couple of years before I went back. Now I know that I’m going to try my best to go back next year.