Captains Log, May 2, 2021

The last time I wrote a post here was Jan 5 of 2020. The world was a lot simpler back then, perhaps more innocent too.

I was certain that I would make my million lifetime miles on United that year. I had no idea what was about to be unleashed.

After that January trip to California to film a corporate golf outing, I made one more trip before the lockdown – my annual month long job live-streaming the Iditarod Sled Dog Race. I remember it very clearly, staying in Nome for the finish and my wife told me the NBA had just cancelled their entire season. Then the full weight of a global pandemic was in full effect. My team and I decided to wrap the job earlier than expected because we thought the airports would close down.

I remember how eerie the Denver airport was as we connected from ANC to EWR. I did not imagine the impact the next 16 months would have on everything.

I made two trips in 2020 during the lockdown, both to the west coast. The first was in June, and there was much fear and hesitation in actually accepting the job. Everything was a question, how to move around, how to eat etc.

The second and last time I flew in 2020 was in December. Things were a little less intense, but still a hassle. Wearing a mask for a 5 hour flight is not pleasant. No club access at the airport, rental car counters were a disaster.

2021 started with promise. A early trip to Flordia with a skelton crew to handle a corporate live stream. The client sent no one to the event, just the video crew and the talent. But the promise of a vaccine was close and real.

The Iditarod was planning to hold their event in March of 2021, but due to the health of my father, I decided to handle that job remotely from home. That was a smart decision as my dad’s heath worsened and he passed in early April.

Since then, I have been fully vaccinated and my work schedule has been planned. This means heavy travel from June to December.

Things are certainly looking up for me now. That million lifetime mile mark seems within reach. The bigger challenge will be to make my 1K status now.

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