Left Santa Fe on Sunday evening to stay at a hotel near the Albuquerque airport, because our flight left at 6:30AM on Monday morning. Apparently La Quinta is Spanish for bad customer service as we had made a reservation for first floor rooms – so we would not have to carry luggage up and down at 4:30AM – but that had either not been communicated to the franchise or they did not care. In any case we ended up with rooms on the second floor and since the elevator was a mile away we ended up carrying cases up and down the stairs…

Woke up at 4AM on Monday morning and at 4:30AM started hauling the cases down. The flights to New York were uneventful, but it was interesting to note that Continental Airlines boards their planes much earlier than, say, United or American. I mostly fly United or American and they seem to board around 20-30 minutes prior to departure. Continental started boarding 50 minutes prior to departure. In fact the plane was already full before the food and drink carts were even delivered.

In the evening I walked 20 blocks to dinner in lovely Fall weather, much warmer than one would expect. Music from an event outside Lincoln Center wafted across the street, which was packed with people. Nice to be in Manhattan.