We had nice Business Class seats with plenty of recline and legroom. I use a pair of Shure ear buds for music and sound reduction. The fancy Bose headphones are $400+. These Shure’s cut out most of the sound, come in an easy carrying case, and don’t look as doofey to me. And at a rice of $109, a very frugal but worthwhile choice. I listened to classical music while I slept and felt very cultured when I awoke.
From that quiet serene cabin of 50 or so people all in slumber, I awoke when the wheels hit the pavement on the runway. After a short taxi and trip down the aisle I was back in the real world. Literally hundreds of people were in the terminal either rushing to early morning departures or sleepily stumbling off red-eyes from the west coast and Hawaii. It is a cultural clash watching the Hawaii returnees gawking their way through the terminal half asleep and the “suits” with briefcase in hand bright eyed and ready to conquer the business world before lunch. We stumbled into the red carpet club for a meeting with Mr Toothbrush and coffee, and a different sitting position for two hours until our last flight.
Tony’s personality and mine are very similar with different twists. Impulsive and ready to act on a second, yes. Willing to travel to someplace new, drives us to find the best deal and book it now.
One more flight and Tony is home. I have several hours to catch up in Providence before heading south on Southwest Airline. I’ll be in Jacksonville by 9:30PM, having earned another 25,000 miles, traveled with a fellow travel nut and maybe cemented a long term trading relationship and friend. Our ages are different, our background are too, but that itch to travel and see runs through many of us. And there were thousands of them at O’Hare at 5:30 AM this winter morning.
TSA ANNOUNCEMENT in PVD
“Attention in the Terminal, Attention in the Terminal : Will the individual that left their “toe ring” at the security checkpoint, please return to collect their lost item” Really happened.
12,500 flight miles later, it is time to head home. I got on an early flight from Providence to Philly in hopes of picking up an earlier connection to Jacksonville. I have always, always , always tried to get an earlier flight whenever possible. You just never know about weather changes, cancellations, crew shortages and other and assorted reasons a flight may not go several hours in the future. But if I can get on board now, I’m going. I slept again from Chicago to Providence so am well rested. The unknown itch is subsiding and after the bathroom clothes change and quickie clean up in San Francisco, I smell ok. This afternoon in Philly I ‘ll catch up on the email, look at the websites for future fare mistakes, do a little banking and partake of my favorite hobby, people watching. Katy and I pick a theme of the day, like the worst dressed, most inappropriately dressed, best dreadlocks etc. Another favorite pass time are people expressing to gate agents the unknown unforeseen “Don’t you realize WHO I think I am attitude.” Like we’re supposed to know this person finished 64th in the field of 100 at Providence annual pancake supper sack race or whatever they think their claim to fame is. And there is a feeling of safety in numbers as we can just blend in and be inconspicuous. Can you tell I miss my wife. I do. She is my best friend, lover and partner in life. I can’t imagine what she must see and do in the emergency room, but I know she loves it. If 3 days go by and she has not got that adrenaline fix, she feels it. If I’m not scheming and planning a trip or promo, I’m the same way. I try on a daily basis to make our travel life better. It is fantastic to have someone to share that with. And meeting up with other like minded people is always rewarding. I learn a new trick or have some complicated program explained that I may not have tried. The learning curve just keeps going on. And with this blog, I get to “pass it on”. I enjoy it, and hope you do to.
I left my iPod in my shorts a month ago and it ran thou the washing machine unsuccessfully It did not occur to me until today that my iTunes was loaded on my computer so I could listen while flying. This next generation stuff is way past me. Multitasking away, I’m listening to Led Zepellin, Whitney Houston and Beethoven (who snuck him on there) and playing solitaire on my laptop, when I realize we are on a short final. On Southwest Airlines they must have different rules than the legacy carriers?? I’m in row 5 on the aisle. There is no way they didn’t see me. With seat reclined in less than the upright and locked position I landed safely, as did everybody else on board, finished the song and the solitaire game. What is all that stuff about anyway?
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