I decided to head to E3 for one day as our game was going to be showing on the floor and seeing how this will hopefully be my first project that I have worked on start to finish, I really wanted to see it on the floor. My itinerary was pretty straight forward leave OAK at 9:35 am, depart Bob Hope airport at 7:10 pm. The show was open from 8 am to 4 pm so it seemed like I was planning it just right.
The night before I got Sophie to bed on time (around 9 pm) and crawled in for an early night. Now, I don't know if she could sense that I was leaving or was just starting to get her cold but she was up every hour throughout the night. I finally just stayed up around 5 am and started getting ready. The morning was pretty uneventful, not too much traffic on the way to the airport; flight was on time, got to the convention center just fine (and without a map Mr. Ching!). So I first stepped into the convention center around 11:20 am. So far 4 hours of travel time clocked.
The EA booth was directly in front of the door at the south hall and I met up with Dan and Marc who were showing the game to various press, fans and buyers. Dan gave me the thumbs up on the report so far and we congratulated each other on the good show. I continued on my way, viewing various other fighting games and some Narnia stuff.
The whole of my day was broken into a couple parts. 1) Meet up with other folks from NSI and give them status on our latest milestone. 2) Meet up with other friends and congratulate them on their show. and 3) Hunt down swag with Joe for Owen and Laney. Once all that was done, I had a nice margarita with Joe and Matt and headed out to the airport.
I met my Super Shuttle outside of the convention center at 4:50 and we had one pick up before heading to the airport. I pulled out my book and started reading... for an hour. The guy got so lost that I finally asked if he needed help with the map. It seemed as though he was just turning down random streets and then turning around. I started getting car sick we were turning around so much. I started getting stressed that I wasn't going to make my flight. It was almost 6 and we still hadn't found the address of the second pick up. Thankfully, he did find it and we were only about 10 minutes from the airport.
I checked in, everything seemed fine, ran into some people I knew from the show, then there were fire trucks and a police car on the runway. Apparently there was an indicator out on the plane and we would be delayed. To be honest, I don't know why the fire men or police were there for a light but ignorance is bliss and if they want to tell me it was a light that didn't turn on, I'll buy it as long as it gets fixed and I get home to see my husband and baby. I had a drink with my friends whose flight was due to depart an hour and 20 minutes after mine. I ended up finishing that drink alone as their flight left on time, while my plane was still sitting on the runway.
We finally take off, and I get to OAK at about 10:20 pm. So far 9.5 hours of travel time for the day. But at least I have a private shuttle home, right? Well it seems that everyone's flights were delayed so my shuttle that would usually take just me straight north, had 4 other passengers all going to various Marin locations, Larkspur Landing (not bad, close to the highway), Fairfax (I like Fairfax, but not at 11:30 pm) and finally Western Novato. Western Novato was where I started to lose it. We drove so far out that I was certain we were going to hit Pt. Reyes Station. To top it off, on our way back, the driver turns south and gets on the freeway 2 exits south of where he could have.
I just started crying, silently in the back seat. Was it honestly too much to ask to get home on time, to see my baby in her crib? I thought about screaming at the driver, but decided that wasn't in my usual character. So I struck up a conversation with him. He turned out to be a very nice Lebanese man who gave some great marital advice and loved life. I was so happy to have talked with him that it made me forgive him for the 10 extra minutes we spent driving south just to head north again.
All in all it came out to 12 hours of travel time and 5 hours at the show. Definitely not worth the effort or loss of precious sleep. But it was still fun to see the game; I just think I'll stay overnight next time.