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Saturday, 9 March 2013

I had an early flight out of San Jose. Early means 6:30 takeoff, due to a noise-abatement curfew. We sat at the end of the taxiway until 6:29:30, then rolled into position and headed for Houston, where I changed to an Orlando flight that was chock full of children on their way to see Disney.

Took the Mears shuttle to my hotel, the Holiday Inn Lake Buena Vista. Mine was the last stop of several, which was a little annoying, but I did get the scenic tour through Disney world. Not my cup of tea, but I suppose they make a bundle of money from those whose teacups are filled thereby.

After dark by the time I checked in, so I just went next door to the steakhouse.

Sunday, 10 March 2013

The hotel’s restaurant, Applebee’s, opens at 7. Allegedly. The clocks changed to daylight time overnight, and although the doors were unlocked at 7, the employees were drifting in for the first hour. The manager should certainly have reminded the staff of the time change!

Slurbs here, wide roads with heavy traffic and endlessly long lights. Poor land, sandy, pine forests with palmetto. The maps show a lot of lakes, but they are either mudholes or surrounded by private property or both, and don’t offer the parkland I might have hoped for. So I went running along Vineland, to International, and down to World Center drive, where I stopped at the Caribe Royal hotel, the venue of the upcoming IETF meeting. Wandered through quickly, but didn’t see anyone  I knew, so I ran the rest of the circuit back to the hotel, about 5.6 miles total, according to Google maps.

Although I had taken the camera with me on the run, I didn’t take any pictures. Had I been walking, I might have spotted some small animals. Maybe next time.

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