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Speaker 1: Hey guys, it is– what is it? Wednesday. I am– I’m packing for Autism at Work in Florida. I need to leave home tomorrow at 5:00 a.m. so that I can get to the airport by 6:00 a.m. so that I can get where I need to go and have no anxiety about getting to my gate in time for my 8:00 a.m. flight. I am always really anxious before travel. I have already predicted that I will probably not be sleeping tonight. I’m supposed to get up at 3:30 or 4:00 a.m. Anyway so, I’m gonna try to go to bed early, but that’s not– it’s not my normal routine. It’s not my normal schedule I’m gonna struggle with getting enough sleep today so maybe I’ll sleep in the plane.
So, I’ve got my bag packed here I’m gonna be– I’m not– I don’t want to check a bag. I have a really close connecting flight so I’m just gonna be taking that bag. And this backpack because you can carry on two bags. So those are my carry-ons. I will not be checking a bag. I will travel really light. I am only going to be in Florida for three days. So hopefully I can survive for three days.
I’m not, actually, I don’t need a lot of things and a lot of stuff. I don’t need a lot of clothes. So I actually don’t have– I’m not too worried about traveling light. I think it’s gonna be fine. Um, yeah, fine. I’m really excited about going to Florida for Autism At Work. I will be– hopefully getting to sit down and chat with some people that I have had conversations with over the internet over the years but never had the pleasure of meeting in person. I will be at the conference Thursday, Friday and Saturday and I fly in Thursday and I fly out Saturday, it is gonna be a whirlwind and I will probably be an incoherent babbling mess by the end of it, but it’s gonna be worth it and it’s gonna be so awesome. Guys, I’m really thrilled to take you with me on this journey too.
4:30 a.m., way too early to o’clock and um, not a weekend, glad. Time to get ready, time to get ready to go to the airport. David’s going to drive me which is great which means I don’t have to actually as early ’cause he won’t get lost. Even though I’ve been to the airport many times, I will. So that makes it easier. Time to get dressed.
[Inside the car]
David: You said Delta?
Speaker 1: Yeah.
David: I do not know where Delta is.
Speaker 1: Me neither, that’s why it’s like, “Ah, I don’t like new airlines ’cause I don’t know what’s going on.” I’m not familiar. This guy’s confused too– I know buddy. I feel you, buddy. I don’t know what to do either. Look, this guy says. Where do we go? This is so confusing. Where this guy supposed to go? So confusing. Hi.
Man: You’re dropping off?
Speaker 1: Yes. Delta.
David: Yeah, we–
Man: Please do me a favor all the way to the very end that way gives you a quick out.
David: Not a problem. I appreciate it.
Speaker 1: Yes, sir. Thank you.
David: Shit, we got up there.
Speaker 1: That’s okay.
Speaker 1: That’s why I want to be early I have time to figure shit out, you know?
David: Delta, there it is.
Speaker 1: Okay, that’s great.
David: I got you. I help you at the very end. We’re good.
Speaker 1: Great.
Speaker 1: I’m here. I have to go where I’m going now. Maybe this is where I need to go. It’s just the airport. I don’t know where I’m going. I’m a disaster. I’m off Delta. Okay, this might be where I’m going. This is where I’m going.
[Inside the airport]
Speaker 1: Okay. Gonna find the Delta Terminal. I made it through security. That’s always a good accomplishment ’cause I look like a weirdo. So, yeah. Oh, I smell coffee that sounds like a good idea. Real coffee? Maybe I shouldn’t have caffeine it amps up my anxiety. I don’t know. But I love coffee. Oh, really that’s coffee. I need to at least find out where my– thing is. Hang on. I gotta look at my– I gotta look at my ticket. I got to pull over. I got to pull over. Pullover. Pullover. Okay.
Gate 9, 12. Down that way and the time is– what time is it? Something– 6:26. My depart– My boarding is 7:20. I’ve got an hour. I’m going to find out where I need to be so I know. Wait, is that right now?
Speaker 1: I don’t know. I have a lot of tickets. I have two tickets. Okay. The guy explained this to me earlier. I was– I went up to the, to the health counter and I was like I’m confused. I don’t know where I need to be. Do I need to show you this? And at first, he was kind of impatient with me. He’s like, “It’s 6:00 a.m., honey. It’s kind of early for all this. What– Spit it out.” And I’m like, “I’m sorry, I’m too sick.” And I looked– assistance and I just want to make sure that when I get to Atlanta, there’s going to be someone to make sure I can find where I need to be. And then all of a sudden, he got really nice. And then he explained everything and pointed me where I need to be. And told me where my terminal. Told me I’m going in that direction. Basically, which– it was little way down. I know I’m going now, but then he got a lot nicer. But I don’t know he should be nice to anyone who’s confused. But I’m really glad he was nice to me. Once he figured out I was needing some help. It is interesting, but then also you start talking to me like a child, so I’m not gonna go into that. He talked to me slow enough to where I could really kind of process it all so it is what it is, you win some, you lose some.
I’m walking around the airport and I just found something really funny. Toyjoy. It is a toy store in a box. I’m gonna go and check out the toy store, y’all. It’s awesome. Aw, look at all the cute things. How fun. Aw, what a cute thing. And they have candies and llamas.
Wanna see what I’ve got? It’s a squishy Hello Kitty Hamburger. I am so excited about this.
Ooh, so squishy.
Speaker 1: So decided I shouldn’t have coffee or caffeine. We don’t need to get amped up before I go on a flight. But I’m gonna go look for smoothies, and something that will nourish me since it’s too early to eat food, but I really should have nutrition because I am gonna be in the air for a while. I probably won’t have a chance when I land in Atlanta either. So, okay, now that I know where I’m going, I think I’m all right. I think. Oh, I smell eggs but, actually can’t eat eggs. It actually smells good and bad all at the same time. Sensory stuff is weird. Like it’s like I smelled it and I wanted to eat it and I simultaneously wanted to throw up. Why? That’s why I can’t eat eggs. I have to cover them on salsa or cheese so they don’t taste like eggs, so I can eat them. I used to like eggs. Now it makes me puke. Hey, gonna find smoothies. Other end.
Oh, coffee. No. I do not need coffee. I keep saying coffee, going, “Oh, coffee, coffee.” You don’t need coffee. All right, the smoothie shop is on the other side of the airport. Our airport is not that big though, but we don’t have any of those fast walkways. The guy that talked to me like I was 5, he is trying to be helpful. Um, it’s like, “Oh, they have to fast walkways.” Yeah, I actually got excited about that. Embarrassingly excited, I go, “Yeah, I love those, hee hee hee.” Such a dork. But I love those things. I could use one right now. My arm is tired for holding up my phone, it’s so heavy.
Healthy food. Mad Greens. Juice Land. That’s my smoothie. Smoothie. So we order. Okay, I gotta figure out what I want. I gotta, I gotta put this out.
Speaker 1: Oh, my God. I’m gonna get juice stop. Juice me. Okay, let’s see if I can vlog and hold a juice and roll the bag. This is precarious. I’m gonna drop something.
Speaker 1: No. Not me.
Speaker 1: Blah, blah, blah. What was I saying? I was saying something I don’t remember anymore. It’s been too long. Goldfish brain. What was I gonna say? I literally don’t know. I literally don’t know what I was gonna say now. I’m sorry, maybe I’ll remember if I turn the camera off.
Speaker 1: I literally have no idea what I was gonna say but I need to walk all the way back over there now because I just walked probably halfway across the airport or more to get my smoothie. And it was totally worth it. Like without a question it was so good. They’re my favorite local smoothie shop. Austin, everything here in the airports local. Oh, I love the song.
Speaker 1: Oh, here we are.
Airport Announcement: All right. Good morning ladies and gentlemen, my name is Orlando and I’ll be assisting as we’re traveling this Air Flight. We’d like to welcome to Delta flight number 2774 direct services to Atlanta.
Speaker 1: That’s me. Okay, well, it looks like I got here just in time.
Airport Announcement: Main cabin two passengers you are welcome to start forming a line on the general boarding lane.
Speaker 1: That’s me. Oh, boy. Got the bus– back of the line.
Speaker 1: Lane 2, way back here.
Speaker 1: Wow.
[Inside the airplane]
Airplane Reminders: As we leave the gate, make sure you’re seatbelt is fastened. To fasten insert the metal tip into the buckle and adjust the strap so it’s low and tight across your lap. To release the belt, just lift the top of the buckle. Please remain seated with your seat belt securely fastened anytime the seat belts sign is on, and even if the sign is off, please keep your seatbelt fastened in case we experience unexpected stuff.
Speaker 1: It smells like jet fuel.
Speaker 1: My anxiety is really rising right now. There is no one who helped me when I got off the plane.
Speaker 1: I do not know if I am going in the right direction but my plane is already boarding by the time we landed. My plane is boarding for 5 minutes already. I panic.
Speaker 1: I made it just in time. Oh, my gosh. I can’t. I only cried a little. I need to pee really bad. I am just this close on peeing my pants. I am not even joking you. I needed to pee on the airplane and they turned on “fastened your seatbelt” sign and I’m like, “No, I need to pee.” And then like an hour earlier, I got off the plane and I still have to pee. And it’s been half an hour now.
Speaker 1: Okay, it’s actually cold in here. I literally have to stop and put my jacket on. I got my active noise-canceling headphones on. Really saving my life but this airport is so quiet compared to all the other airports I’ve been in so far. Oh, I got my jacket.
[Wore the jacket]
Speaker 1: Okay, I am warm now. Now I need to find the exit. I see a sign that says ‘Exit’ and then I have to get an Uber pool– Uber pool. That’s not the way I go.
Speaker 1: Feeling a lot less stress now that I’m not trying to like– the next place I have to be is at 5:00 p.m. which is like four or five hours from now. My hotel is about a half-hour away. So I’m officially in the no stress mode now. Yes. Yeah. Need to get out of here.
[outside the airport]
Speaker 1: You know, I don’t know if it’s raining or not because it doesn’t say anything about rideshare just a taxi– Hi, where are the rideshare like uber and stuff?
Woman: It is just outside.
Speaker 1: Thank you so much. So, it’s just straight this way?
Woman: Around the block.
Speaker 1: Thank you. Okay, I found my answer. That’s really good.
Speaker 1: 1966 Batmobile. That’s pretty freakin’ sweet. Except its only half of the Batmobile. Really cool. Really cool. Okay, going this way.
Speaker 1: All right, I need to call my rideshare now so, let me stop recording and do that so I can go now to my place.
Speaker 1: All right. That’s the hotel. So, it’s right across the street. I know where I am going now. Hopefully, I could check-in to my room we’ll see. It’s probably the question. It’s raining. Oh, my god, it just smells like food. I hope there’s stuff here. I am hungry.
[inside the hotel]
Speaker 1: So, the room is not ready. Check-in is 4:00 p.m. My event starts at 5:00 p.m. It’s almost 3:00 p.m. I feel a little nervous. I’m not going to the event like this and I smell bad from like sprinting my ass across the airport. I’m gross.
Speaker 1: I finally got my room. It’s after four which is after check-in and I went up inside to look. “I have somewhere I have to be in less than an hour. And if you don’t get me a room right now, I’m literally going to shower in your lobby restroom.”
Speaker 1: And then she got me a room. I just told her this is what’s gonna happen. So here we are. Let me show you. This is a nice suite here. So this is like the living room and the bedroom. TVs on both sides and I have a patio. I don’t know how to open it so I could go outside and I could see the pool or whatever that is- fountain? But I don’t have time to enjoy this right now or rest. I need to clean myself up and get changed.
[outside the hotel]
Speaker 1: So I think the thing starts in like a few minutes. Assuming about a 15-minute drive. Assuming the last uber driver was right.
[Back in the hotel]
Speaker 1: All right, I’m back here in my room now. Hi. I got invited out to dinner. And I wimped out because it’s like 10 something right now the clock is backward because the phone is way past my bedtime. On a day I didn’t get up at 4:00 a.m. So I decided to come back to the room because I’m a wimp and I have an early morning in the morning and I have to fix my calendar because my time zone is all wrong in all of my events since I landed in Florida, I’ve been an hour late. And that’s going to annoy me tomorrow because I’m going to be depending on my visual schedule to get me where I need to be on time. So I guess, I am going to open my laptop. Goodnight guys, I’ll see you tomorrow.
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