Steve's Thunder Travels: Day Trip To Milwaukee

Monday, March 7th 2016, 12:26 pm
By: News 9

We decided to go up and back the same day for OKC's game at Milwaukee on Sunday, so I kept a log the best I could on my iPad.

Wow, what a day!

3:05 a.m. wake up call for a 5:00 flight to Dallas, WOOF!

4:00 a.m.  arrive at Airport Parking

4:28 a.m.  walk through TSA Pre, the lady says "do you have your cell phone out of your pocket?" I realized I didn't have my phone.

4:30 a.m  ran back to Blitz Truck with luggage to find cell phone, nope, I left it at home.

4:42 a.m.  back to TSA Pre, after running the airport mile in under four.

4:45 a.m.  ran to gate 8 and received a free upgrade to economy plus, no one was sitting next to me, which was probably good after my early stress workout.

4:50 a.m. pilot says we're having electrical problems, so no air in cabin and will use a different procedure to start plane. OK?

5:08 a.m. wheels up and heading for Dallas.

5:42 a.m. land in Dallas, what's for breakfast?

6:00 a.m. McDonalds

7:05 a.m. pilot welcomes us over the intercom, sit back and enjoy your flight to...long pause .. Milwaukee.

7:20 a.m. wheels up to Milwaukee, first time to say that.

9:05 a.m.  I notice snow on the ground south of Milwaukee. Remember I hit my snow quota back in Brooklyn.

10:00 a.m. purchase a $15 shuttle ticket for a ride downtown.

10:28 a.m.  arrive at arena but pass isn't there so I can't get in, my NBA credential wouldn't work. (hey, it worked in NY and Phoenix)

11:00 a.m. eating a cheese omelette at UGLY's in downtown Milwaukee.

11:29 a.m. walking into Bradley center.

11:51 a.m.  Durant takes first shot during Pregame warmup.

12:30 p.m.  pregame media meal opens up, eggs? Again?

1:15 p.m. searching for Thunder fans in the arena, that wasn't too hard to do.

1:45 p.m. cup of coffee.

2:28 p.m. Sam Presti gives me the hello nod.

2:40 p.m. the game is underway.

2:55 p.m. Milwaukee having a hard time putting the basketball through the round cylinder.

3:25 p.m.  Enes Kanter jam Thunder up 51-32, he's killing the Bucks.

4:33 p.m.  Bucks hit a 3, trail by two in the the fourth. Another fourth quarter collapse in the works?

4:40 p.m. Anthony Slater from the Oklahoman informs me the Lakers are beating the Warriors, say what?

4:55 p.m. Thunder up 10 with under three minutes to play.

5:09 p.m. OKC picks up win number 43.

5:30 p.m. finished shooting a segment with OKC's Matt Pinto and a quick look-live (TV lingo) for our 5:30 newscast.

5:35 p.m. sent video back to KWTV and KOTV with fingers crossed.

5:51 p.m. Touchdown! Confirmation the video made it back in time.

6:00 p.m. left the Bradley Center, I actually left before the team did.

6:04 p.m. waved down a cab, put the pedal to the metal back to the airport. LUCKY!

6:25. p.m. arrive at airport, cab driver forgot to give me a receipt or I lost it in record time, that's up for debate.

6:45 p.m. purchased a golf shirt on sale with Thunder colors at PGA airport shop, please don't tell my wife, but it was a good deal.

6:55 p.m. TSA pre was closed, I had to take several items out of the bags. Yep, I was holding up the line.

7:00 p.m  enjoying coffee, courtesy of Seattle's Best.

7:05 p.m. big yawn and the yawning didn't stop for a while.

7:16 p.m.  board the plane for Chicago, maybe 12 passengers on jet. This could be my shortest flight on record.

7:25 p.m.  pilot says we're leaving early. Yes! Cruising at ten thousand feet.

7:45 p.m.  wheels up to Chicago.

8:06 p.m.  and wheels down at Chicago O'Hare.

8:47 p.m. Chili's by my gate, so Chili's for supper. "I'll have the right side of the menu."

9:12 p.m. just demolished a cheeseburger.

9:13 p.m. and now officially sleepy.

9:42 p.m.  board the plane. Figures, the fourth and final leg is jam packed with passengers, who knew the late flight to OKC was so popular?

10:17 p.m. $7 for a beer, gotta pass on that one American.

11:35 p.m. bumpy approach to Will Rogers, Oklahoma wind is knocking us around.

11:41 p.m. land back in OKC.

12:05 a.m. another search in the truck for my phone, no go.

12:30 a.m. I roll into the driveway back home.

12:35 a.m  looked for phone in house, no luck, too tired so I went to bed.

6:45 a.m   alarm goes off, time to get up and help get my daughter get ready for the bus.

8:30 a.m.  poor attempts to track down my phone with AT&T, Samsung and Google.

10:10 am  City of Yukon calls me and said they found my phone in the middle of Route 66, my Monday just got better.