So, apparently during rush hour in New York, the two blocks leading to the Holland Tunnel can become a traffic jam so horrific, with cars so terrible at basic driving skills, that a person on their way to an airport can find it takes an hour and a half to get through them. Two blocks.
Green is where I needed to be by 4pm, red is where I still was at 5:30pm.
So after getting to the airport, being told I couldn’t get on the flight, and contacting the CCC folks, I was asked to research the possibility of getting them to convert my flight. I stood at the counter for over 40 minutes, watching five people at the Amsterdam KLM/AirFrance/Delta argue, in front of me, how to get rid of me. It was quite something. Ultimately, I was told with a straight face that it would cost $3750 to get another flight. I was told if I talked to a manager, it might be $250. I talked to a manager. She said no. So that was that.
People trusted me to go and had paid my way, and I felt it wrong to disappoint them. So I bent one of my rules and transferred the PAX East mix to a friend attending SIGINT, and the show went on, without me.
Before and after the showing, I made a presentation via Skype. At one point I shouted out to a few people who said they’d traveled hours just to see the film, and I guess they were recording my whole Q&A and Intro, as they put up the part mentioning them:
I’ll have to wait for the reviews, so I don’t know how well it went yet, but in a nice touch, they left the skype line running so I could hear audience reaction. Once you’ve finished a film cut, hearing audience reaction is critical. So thanks for that.
I’ll be attending other showings in person, of course. And I will never drive to the airport through NYC again.