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Wednesday, June 14, 2006

The Eagle Has Landed...

And here I am across the country. I managed to haul myself out of bed on time this morning, and was even able to stop at the post office to finally mail my secret pal's first skein of yarn (I am a BAD secret pal!! I was really hoping to have it out much earlier in the month). But, I used the self-service shipping kiosk for the first time, and it was really cool. Actually, I panicked a little when I got to the post office at a little past 8am, and they weren't open yet. I could have sworn they opened at 8am, but maybe those are just their holiday hours...I don't get to the post office all that often...Anyway, I followed the neon arrows on the floor (they're just decals) to the kiosk, and now I'm thinking it's the only way to ship. No hassle, no line. But anyway...

I made it to the airport in plenty of time, and didn't get even a little lost. I don't know why I worry myself about that stuff. Plus, I think the signage to the airport has improved over the past 5 years. Or, maybe I just got more attentive. Either way, I got there with no problems. Check in was fine and the first flight was a breeze. Okay, mostly a breeze. We boarded and were all waiting to start moving, when the captain comes on the intercom and says they noticed an oil leak in the 2nd engine, so were having it looked at. They got it checked out and fixed (I assume, since we took off...) and the flight was only delayed a half hour. There was a small patch of terrible turbulence, but it was only about a minute long, so no worries. (Only worry was that it was right after I'd finished my breakfast! Bad timing.) And then as we disembarked, a woman sneezed on me! All right, fine, not directly ON me, but in my vicinity. And I got sprayed a bit (disgusting, I know!).

2nd flight was a bit more of a hassle to get on. There was a problem with the pressurization of the plane we were scheduled to be on, so they had mechanics tinkering with it for a couple of hours. Literally. 2 hours. But I'm really okay with that, since I'd prefer not to fly in a plane that can't pressurize the cabin... And it was the last leg of my flight. Anyway, they changed gates and got us on another plane, and that flight was really smooth with a good landing. But the internet didn't have the correct arrival time, so my aunt was late picking me up. It wasn't her fault, though she kept apologizing. I didn't mind anyway, I got to read more of my book while waiting. (I had called her to see where she was, and she only lives 15 or so minutes from the airport, so I wasn't upset by it - Thank God for cellphones, right?)

So, now I'm at her house in Buffalo. She's asleep and it's only 10:25pm PST...so here I am. Though I am tired. Why does air travel make me tired? Actually, driving long distance makes me tired too. Funny that cruise travel doesn't do that to me. Guess I need to take more cruises! (Ah, that would be nice. I guess really, I just need to win the lottery!)

So, bottom line - I got in safely, but I did get sneezed on! Eew!! I'm off to go wash my arm.

7 comments:

kerri said...

Ewww... but glad everything's ok. Ewww.

Tami said...

Eew is right! And during the long layover in Chicago, I was able to finish half of the project for my secret pal. Sort of...I somehow screwed up the end and will half to rip a bunch out, but still it's lots of progress!

Christyn said...

It's 10:45pm PST and you STILL haven't washed your arm?? EWWW!!!!

Tami said...

Well, NOW I've washed it! Besides, if it doesn't kill me, it can only make me stronger...right? (Good thing the in-flight movie wasn't Outbreak)

Dagny said...

LOL for the Outbreak comment. By the way, what are you reading?

Joie said...

That's why I love the purse bottles of hand sanitizer!
Except when the pressure changes cause them to leak all over the inside of your purse, like mine did on the train.

Nothing like reaching in after your lipstick and feeling a handful of raspberry scented slime.

AT LEAST IT WAS CLEAN!!!!

Glad you're in safe!

Caitlin said...

Hey Tami,
Glad you are back! My aunt's house is in the Adirondack mountains @ Racquette Lake. Very pretty there