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A Marine Major, Running Fool, and All-Around Smart-Ass.

Monday, January 30, 2006

Early Coordination Email To Sir Phil

This is me getting ready for the cross-country trip to California and the 2006 Wild Wild West Marathon.

I just thought I'd let you all into my mind and how it works when I get to planning. Notice the alternative planning, the crazy math skills, and the anal retentive detailing. This is what Sir Phil must deal with every year.

(here is how it finally turned out)


Sticking with the schedule from last year:

Wednesday May 3: Fly from BWI to Vegas

Thursday May 4: Vegas, Baby

Friday May 5: Drive to Lone Pine

Saturday May 6: Run/Drive back to Vegas

Sunday May 7: Fly back to BWI

We can get an “Internet Fare” on the way out but to get back, we have to go two steps over to the more expensive “Fun Fare” (which I would challenge). The total cost would be $313 each.

If we bump our return date to Monday, then we can get the “Internet Fare” both ways for a cost of $235.20.

That’s a savings of $77.80 each but we would also have to consider an extra night in a hotel and an extra day of parking. We could return the rental car on Saturday night so it wouldn’t cost extra there but then walking around Vegas the day after a marathon might not be all that fun. At least for me.

Now, let’s look at Ontario:

I found two non-stop “Internet Fares” for $269.70 each.

But if we are flying into Ontario, we don’t need the extra day so it would look something like this:

Thursday May 4: Fly from BWI to Ontario

Friday May 5: Drive to Lone Pine

Saturday May 6: Run/Drive back to Ontario

Sunday May 7: Fly back to BWI

Even with the best fares, it comes out to $315.70. Looks like the better deal is to stay the extra day.

I will continue to see if I can find better fares. Any suggestions?

Jason D. Grose
United States Marine Corps

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  • At 11:56 AM, Anonymous Ray Young said…

    Don't forget, Westward Ho Casino, Hotdogs and Beer.
    (its next door to Circus Circus)

  • At 3:14 PM, Blogger O! said…

    This was the creepiest post ever. I didn't bother to read it because, well, duh, it looked boring as usual, but I swear I jumped in my chair when the page fully loaded. That's an awful picture. I guess you wanted a serial killer mug to complement your child molester one.

    NOT FUNNY. You're scary-looking. I don't understand why you don't maintain the fake normal look you used for PC.

  • At 4:45 PM, Blogger Viper said…

    You said Western Ho.

  • At 4:46 PM, Blogger Viper said…

    Oh no, I've done MUCH creepier blogs. But I KNEW you would comment on this pic since you were so creeped out by the blue one a few months back.

    This one was me goofing around with my son who wanted to take a nice pic. I kept making faces just to piss him off.

  • At 5:17 PM, Blogger Killjoy said…

    Totally off subject, but since I can't post this on my own blog because my boss FOUND IT AGAIN because she's obsessed with day-to-day events, I will post it here where it's most appropriate.


    I, being the fruitcake that I am, thought it would be funny to call Kristine and tell her what I learned new today.


    ring ring ring

    (In my most enthusiastic voice)
    "Kristine, did you know in England they sometimes call a vagina 'beef curtains!'"

    "Christie!! I'm at car shop getting my oil changed and YOU'RE ON SPEAKER PHONE!!"

    AUGH! DAMMITT! I hate it when that happens!!

  • At 6:26 PM, Blogger Viper said…

    You don't know how close you came to getting this comment rejected. Not because I'm offended but because you changed your name AGAIN and I thought it was spam.

    My thought was "Wow, spammers are getting a sense of humor to try to lure you in."

    It's just so unexpected from a demure woman such as yourself (the trivia, not the new name).

  • At 5:57 AM, Blogger Killjoy said…

    You're the one who SUGGESTED the name! (Read back a few comments.)

  • At 1:55 PM, Blogger Viper said…

    That's the ONLY reason you weren't rejected out of hand. It sounded vaguely familiar.

  • At 5:00 AM, Anonymous Ray Young said…

    Actually I believe the quote goes something like this:

    "Hehe hehe, You said Western Ho"

  • At 5:10 AM, Anonymous Ray Young said…

    Bad news, I was going to send you the link for the Ho. When I found it (via Yahoo!!), it turns out that the placed closed down in November after 40 years, I guess this means I have to find other places to eat hotdogs and drink beer in Vegas.

  • At 2:15 PM, Blogger Viper said…

    Ray, if I had a nickel for everytime someone wanted to send me a link for "The Ho"....

    For some reason, they all lead me to The Butcher's site.

    You mean I won't be able to gorge on hotdogs and beer before running a trail marathon? Damn the luck!


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