Road Trip #2 to Atlanta and Cincinnati – Scott Akasaki
One month ago, there was a hurricane that struck Atlanta and in particular, the Georgia Dome, CNN headquarters, and also, our team hotel. When we arrived on Thursday night, our team hotel was surrounded by scaffolding, tarps, and wooden boards that covered damaged windows. During the day, I would look out my room window and I often saw swaying ropes — apparently, windows were being replaced on the floors below. I found out later that the entire process of replacing the damaged windows might take a better part of a year. Since it was the weekend, there were also two high school proms so when we returned back to the hotel at night from Turner Field, the lobby was filled with prom goers. Sometimes you just cannot win. A lot of times, things are out of your control and you cannot plan on storms or high school proms. My guess is that if there was no hurricane a month before or if there were not any special meetings or events in our lobby (maybe if we came during the week rather than a weekend), our choice in hotels would have been a lot better.
Meanwhile in Cincinnati, there were no hurricanes nor were there any proms. After all, it was a Monday and Tuesday stay in Cincinnati with the loudest noise coming from the lunch crowd around noon in the lobby area way below our rooms. (Cincinnati sidebar – it was nice to catch up with former-Dodgers David Ross and Paul Bako — two good guys in the game. Troy from West Virginia of YouTube fame was here and his legend grows. Montgomery Inn restaurant still has one of the best BBQ sauces in the country.)
Although our travel methods and accomodations may be different than the everyday traveler, we are still subject to inclimate weather and special events. I have my fingers crossed that we do not run into anything unexpected in August or September. In actuality, a good lesson was learned. Tomorrow, I am going to contact our remaining road hotels and ask if there is anything out-of-the-ordinary going on when we visit later this season.
Thanks to Scott for the post and don’t forget that you can still ask your questions of Ned Colletti here. We’ll try to get some answers posted in the next week.
Tonight’s lineup vs. Dan Haren:
And a big announcement coming in the morning about “The Next 50 Years” at Dodger Stadium so be sure to check out dodgers.com at 9:30 a.m. PT.