In general, I recommend you avoid LaGuardia airport in NY... for about the next 5-10 years. There is a massive reconstruction project underway. At the moment, it takes about an hour to get from the car rental to the gate, during non-prime hours. If you have to use that airport, use it before 7am or after 11pm. Which is why I was there at 4am Wed morning.
These days, I tend to travel with a trombone (large bore tenor on this trip). And when I put the case down to wait for the rental shuttle, the only other guy at the bus stop - in jeans and a hoodie - says, 'hey, a trombone.' So I say the obvious, 'What do you play.' And he says the unexpected, "timbales - I'm Tito Puente Jr."
We proceed to have a delightful discussion. Topics included how he just finished night filming an episode of Gotham (the TV series) at Rockaway beach where he played his dad; his dad being recently inducted into the Jazz Hall of Fame; the music scene in Miami where he lives (pretty good for timbales, not so hot for trombone players); his upcoming tour including his trip to Portland in October; and how his dad always told the other band members to stash their dope inside the trombone players bell when the band traveled.
Andy's earliest creative writing was published in his high school literary magazine. There was a short stint of using suggestive variable names to flirt with his comp sci T.A. And was followed years later as a contributor to industry articles on innovation. He has no other authoring qualifications, but manages to get by.