In spite of going to bed at 4am, I woke up feeling great just before 9 this morning. I was the only person awake for about an hour, and spent that time sitting up front with Charlie, my bus driver. Funny, funny guy – he'll be fun to hang out with a bit.
We made it to the hotel just before noon. We're staying at the Westin Peachtree Plaza Hotel in downtown Atlanta. If you've ever seen the Burt Reynolds movie "Sharkey's Machine," you might remember one of the final scenes where the bad guy was thrown from a high-floor window to his death.
I'm on the 58th of 72 floors and this is my view:
In the following photo, you can see Philips Arena, and just on this side of it, the CNN Center, where the CNN network is based. Can you say "Robin Meade" on Headline News? Not sure, but I think that Turner Television and TNT network are also there. In the bottom right of the photo, you see Centennial Park, scene of the 1996 Olympic bombing:
And speaking of Robin Meade, who is the Number 1 reason to watch Headline News before 10am every day:
I got dressed to go running around the park, and just as I was about to go to the elevator, the sky rumbled and opened up in a hellacious thunderstorm. I waited awhile for the storm to pass, but eventually decided to go to the hotel gym and run on a treadmill.
And of course, as soon as I was finished and went back up to my room, the rain stopped. C'est la vie!
Had a plan to go to Legal Seafood, about six blocks away, with Julie for dinner. Marguerite, our Production Coordinator, and Tiffany, who is the Dressing Room Coordinator and Wardrobe person, joined us. Meet the girls…
As always with Legal Seafood, our dinner was amazing. Mags (Marguerite) and Tiff both got lobster. Julie and I both got the Wood Grilled Assortment, which consisted of 2 ounces each of Wild Atlantic Salmon, Tuna, and Swordfish, along with a skewer of scallops and a skewer of shrimp. Mmmmm…
Back in my room for some computer time, then off to bed about 10:30. Gotta get up at 5:30 tomorrow…