And Away We Go

Last modified on December 30th, 2009

I’m currently sitting at Gate C43 in Vancouver International airport, on my way to Charlotte, NC for New Year’s eve party with a few friends. My friend Matt is the live entertainment for a party that Dale Earnhardt Junior is throwing, and I thought it would be cool to ring in the new year with everyone down there instead of spending it in Chilliwack.

Flights around this time of year are around $800 return, but thanks to that recent terrorist scare, I found a couple steals for a little over $300 return, which is why I booked yesterday. So I’m on the red-eye flight to Toronto, and from there a short jaunt over to Charlotte. The party starts at 5pm I believe tomorrow down at the Whisky River pub, which seems to resemble Maple Ridge’s Rooster’s pub, complete with a mechanical bull.

Dale Jr. is the host for the party, and it will be cool to see that. Other than that, I really have no expectations, and am just looking forward to ringing in the New Year in a new place with some new people. I haven’t been in a different time zone for New Year’s eve since about 2002, so it will be cool to ring it in a few hours ahead of everyone back home. I used to have a tradition where I would call my dad shortly after midnight while out in Ottawa, so I’m hoping to bring that back tomorrow night.

Unfortunately the only way to get a super cheap flight was to take the morning flight out of Charlotte on the 1st, which means I have to be at the airport around 6am on New Year’s day. That either means I’m only going to get a few hours of sleep that night, or that I’m not going to sleep at all (more likely). Either way, flying after a night of drinking sucks, so I’m going to try and pace myself such that I’m fine for the flight home.

The next 36 hours are going to fly by, and I doubt I’ll blog or tweet in any capacity. So, I’ll give an update when I’m back home in Chilliwack, which will be Friday afternoon sometime. I hope everyone has a great New Years — nobody do anything dumb like drink and drive!