I made it.
JetBlue did a fine job of delivering me to JFK's doorstep, and I had a nice chat with the employee working behind the check-in counter in Austin, and she indicated that the media had just left.
I expressed my sympathy for her team's collective plight over the past few days, and told her that I'd seen her CEO on CNN earlier in the morning and felt reassured, but that I was going to wait and see if the package (me) got delivered on time.
She indicated that CEO David Neeleman had been most gracious internally with his troops throughout the ordeal, bucking them up and expressing his assurance that they would get through this.
What was really strange, however, was putting on the headphones and watching the seatback TV as CNBC ran a post-market close package about JetBlue's pilot, and not all of it good. "Gee," I thought to myself, "I sure hope the pilot isn't tuned into this channel!"
But enough about wasting time in the air.
Reuters is reporting today that there is now a 12-step program for email addicts. Apparently, some executive coach in Pennsylvania developed the program after a golfer who checked his BlackBerry after every shot "lost a potential client who wanted nothing to do with his obsession."
Wait a minute, who says he was checking his email? He might have just been checking his yardage!
The first rule: "Admit that email is managing you. Let go of your need to check email every 10 minutes."
Just one sec...I just need to jump over to Lotus Notes long enough to....ah, yes...much better. 5 messages in the last 5 minutes, and not one of them requiring my immediate attention, but me feeling good just the same.
Okay, I'm back.
Where was I? Okay, give me a few minutes. Apparently it takes about four minutes to read and recover from the interruption before I can get back to work...and then.........the bell goes off, I've got more email!
Wow. It's already 6 o'clock?