FRI JULY, 8
NEW ORLEANS TO MEMPHIS
12:15pm: Woke Up & Showered, India House Hostel
FML. I lost track of time. I threw my stuff in my suitcase, hugged my friends goodbye, and ran out the door!
1:30pm: Uber to Amtrak Station
I told the driver to step on it! Then I couldn't find my phone so I asked him to pull over. Thank god it was in the trunk, but the battery was at 4%, which would be a serious problem if it died because my boarding pass was on it. I told him to step on it, again! But he told me not to worry Amtrak usually runs late.
I ran into the station. Receptionist told me to run faster because the train was leaving. The train conductor said, "Man, you're cutting it close!" I showed him the pass right before my phone died. I jumped on the train as it pulled out.
Am I like James Bond or something? No my name is Galli, Anthony Galli.
1:45pm - 11pm: Amtrak from New Orleans to Memphis
I moved to the dining car. Got access to wifi, but it was terrible. I had an egg sandwich and coffee. An older gentleman sat across from me as I was about to write. He had missed the train so he had paid $106 for a taxi to take him to the next station. That's what you do when you lack ninja-like capabilities.
I then attempted to do work and listen to his advice, which was:
- Do what you love because you'll work harder at it. It's your life so don't care what other people think about it.
- Get to the train station early.
- Trump is evil.
- Go to thrift stores. Go through the racks and look for natural fabrics (avoid any synthetics), look for top brand names, and hand-woven stitching. He said he has found tens of thousands of dollars worth of expensive clothes and then resold them for a hefty profit.
I didn't code today, but I did a lot of brainstorming the old fashion way - pen & paper. I thought about how I can improve the tracking of my day. I'll slowly integrate these things in future posts:
- hours slept
- hours worked
- top accomplishments
- food consumption
While brainstorming an older woman fell into my lap, "Well, hello there!" I said it's okay this happens to me all the time.
11pm: Uber to Pilgrim Hostel House
Amtrack arrived an hour late. The hostel stopped "Check In" 5 minutes ago. I called the hostel to beg for mercy, but no one answered the phone.
11:30pm: Checked In
I walked up to the door and shoved my face into the glass. Someone let me in and prefaced by saying, "I probably shouldn't do this."
I then recognized an asian guy who had also come from the India House Hostel. He wore traditional asian robe and likes T.V. dinners. I wasn't sure if I should bow.
As I waited around trying not to look sketchy, a staffer walked in wearing PJs. She checked me in and gave me a tour despite being off the clock. I was exhausted so I went right to bed.