It is Wednesday afternoon, and I am sitting at a table by the Virgin America terminal in Fort Lauderdale Airport. This week was the start of a number of book events for me.
The Jewish Book Network has arranged three months of exciting destinations for me to speak at; Florida, San Diego, New Orleans, and San Francisco to name a few. I left rainy Los Angeles on Tuesday and got in late in the afternoon. And it was just perfect weather. Never mind the 3 hour time difference, which means I got up at 4:15 am (LA time). I was ready for my T.V. interview with Barbara Kay for the Mosaic Program at 8:30 (5:30am LA time)
Are you noticing that I keep referring to LA time? I did the strangest thing this morning. I got up in the morning and saw the time on my blackberry…..it said 3:30. I was so sleepy and paranoid that the hotel won’t remember to give my wake up call that I immediately sprang from my bed! (I somehow had added an extra hour to the time difference and thought it was 7:30am.) Needless to say, I was scrambling to get my clothes ready.
I called the lobby asking them why they forgot my wake up call. There was silence on the other end. The receptionist cleared his throat and said, “But it is only 6:30.” Can you believe it? To my surprise, I went back to sleep immediately.
Thank goodness I was alert enough to do a good interview. And the two speaking engagement in West Palm Beach and Boynton Beach with the Women’s Philanthropy division of the Jewish Federation came off well.
A note to myself: next time I should wear a watch and change the time to the new place right away to avoid frenzied mornings in hotel rooms!