Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Job Hunting In Lincoln: Part 1

And then the alarm went off when the chickens were still asleep. Hastily dressing, I finished getting ready for my trip. Somewhat bright-eyed and bushytailed, my friend arrived to return the favor [a trip to the airport]. This was my first time flying “stand-by” and I was not sure what to expect. When you begin your journey before 6:00am, stand-by must not be much of an issue. There were at least eight empty seats on one of those 2x1 seating arrangement planes…just a tad bigger than a Cessna.

My first stop was Dallas/Ft Worth and it all seemed smooth sailing…in fact they decided to put me in First Class for the next leg to Omaha. Did I mention it was First Class? There’s a first for everything. I think I could get used to the extra pampering, if only I could get used to being rich…oh yeah, I have to get rich first.

We boarded the plane, they shut the door, and…delay. There was a mechanical problem with the luggage compartment. We sat and waited [I snoozed] for over an hour. But hey, at least I was being delayed in First Class.

I arrived in Omaha, and without backtracking too much, let’s just say that I did not have reservation for a rental car to take me to Lincoln. The only thing available in the entire airport was either a minivan, or an SUV…for the shallow, cheap price of $110 per day, with only a 30 minute late return window. Fortunately a kind car rental lady informed me that a car rental company across town had something more in my price range…the hang-up was getting across town. I had to take a taxi [what a necessary evil in the world…taxi cabs]. Once I got across town, I was hooked up with a nifty little Kia sedan.

Because I had time to kill before I could check into my nightly abode, I decide to take in a couple of sites in Omaha. I went to the Mormon, Winter Quarters Church History Site. It was a wonderful place to be in the middle of an unfamiliar land. The Temple across the street was a beauty to behold as well.


With time passing, so did my stay in Omaha as I headed west, southwest, to Lincoln just an hour away. As I drove, I was amazed at the landscape. It was like God’s solidified version of the ocean. The rolling hills went on and on, of all shapes and sizes.

I checked into my room, rested up a bit, and went to see if I could navigate the town well enough to find the company I would be paying a visit to tomorrow. Lincoln must have been planned by the town drunk or by a pack of tornados…either would have appeared just as haphazard. But don’t get me wrong, Lincoln is a pretty town. I’m sure the locals know all the ins and outs and turns of the town. My persistence paid off and I found my destination and figured out how to snake my way there in fifteen minutes versus half an hour.

More updates to come…

8 comments:

KM said...

What's this, Mr. Hayes: tired of the Hub already?! You amateur! :-D

Hope the job hunting goes well! (And you're not allowed to leave before I give you your book back...)

KM

~cari~ said...

Yeah, good luck with the stressful yet exciting job hunt!

wendysue said...

Hey! You made it to Lincoln, I hope the trip went well. . .
are you getting out of town before the craziness on Saturday with the Huskers vs. USC??

Lyle said...

km- You have a book of mine? Wow, I totally forgot [to the point of not being able to remember the name of the book]. Whether or not I stay in the Hub is up to another company I am waiting to hear back from.

Cari- thanks for the well wishes. It's hard to have too many.

wendysue- I did see the cheerleader squad for USC at the airport. All I can say is GO Huskers!!!

KM said...

Yessir, I still have your copy of Rhetoric of Risk (Sauer)... And I can see that you've been absolutely immobilized without it! LOL...
Let me know what arrangements to make.
KM

Pappy Yokum said...

My little brother - all growed up and flyin in first class and all. (sniff) I do hope it went well. I know what you mean about Lincoln. Certainly one of the more difficult to navigate of the towns I have visited her in the US.

Lyle said...

Sneak peak---next week, my travels take me to Houston...

jake roi said...

Wait - is that a great and spacious building in that picture? Will your office be on the top floor? Will it?

Best of luck my friend - if they'd only pay you what you're worth, you'd fly first class all the time.

Of course - you're already rich.