A Chinese New Year

Trip Start Oct 10, 2006
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Trip End Apr 03, 2007


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Sunday, December 31, 2006

New Years Day. I am off for a cruise. Rob and Michelle are stuck in Denver with a snowstorm that has shut down the airport. I don't need to be at the cruise until 4 but I have no paperwork so I show up at 12 to be safe. They have no record of any of us. I call Rob from a call center outside the terminal to get the confirmation number and suite numbers. Little did I know that I would make that same trip to the call center 7 times over the next 4 hours. Bottom line is that they had no record of the reservation. I am out of luck and need to find a hotel. Complete change of plans. Luckily I find one.

It is New Years Eve. I was supposed to be at a black tie party aboard a cruise and I am now in BA alone with no idea what I am going to do. I dress in my best backpackers garb (Rob was bringing my tux). I am lucky and find out about the Buenos Aires Philharmonic providing a concert in the park overlooking the BA Obelisk. It is mostly tango including a dance performance and musical appearances by well known artists (to the audience). Great music in a pretty setting. It is being simulcast to Europe. Over at 9:30. I watch all the couples. It is at these moments when I feel most lonely.

Since I missed lunch, I am starving. Restaurants everywhere are closed. I head to the waterfront where I had seen restaurants preparing for dinner. They are all booked. I even try TGI Fridays (please forgive me) which is also full.

I need food and I need a drink. Maslow's hierarchy has these ahead of fireworks. Back in the center, all restaurants and bars are closed. Don't they know that there is huge demand at highly inflated prices. Even Kilkeny which is supposed to be the most popular bar is shut. Business does not seem to be the driving force.

2 blocks from my hotel, I find a convenience store that is closing (it is 11). No alcohol so I get diet coke, crackers and Oreos for dessert. As I approach my hotel, I hit the jackpot - a low end Chinese buffet. I go for it. Food is just edible but I need something. Champagne served at midnight. Just me and the interesting characters who have no better place to go. I am in bed by 12:30.
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