Trip Start Dec 18, 2010
20Trip End Jan 04, 2011
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Laura dropped us (and all our luggage) off at the Nassau Inn in Princeton and parked her car in a nice covered parking garage so it wouldn't be too snow-covered when she returns. Sandy and I took the opportunity to have lunch at the Yankee Doodle Tap Room in the Nassau Inn. We ordered Laura a salad, which she eventually finished on the rather harrowing one hour shuttle ride to Newark Airport. Interestingly, our driver was from Egypt, although he had been in the US for 24 years. Very proud of his two sons. Picked up a guy from India heading back home...worked for Dow Jones.
Got EWR (Newark Airport for those of you not in the travel industry) where we met and worked with a nice young lady from the Port Authority of NY and NJ. She told us the next shuttle from EWR to JFK was at 5:00...just over a half hour. Laura jumped on computer, Sandy scoped the airport shops out and (what else) went for a beer. Rather expensive $9 beer...and not even an MGD!
Met the driver taking us to JFK. Nice young man. He warned us about the possible traffic on the way and said we'd be there between 6:30 and 7:00. Figured 2 hours was enough to check in before our flight. Nice conversation with him and another Indian guy heading back home on the way to JFK. Our driver knew his NYC traffic and got us there about 6:40 pm. Flight time was 9:10. Saw a huge line inside and tried to check in at one of the kiosks. A little frustrating before Sandy came over and said, Sky Cap told her to get us and come outside and he'd take care of us. Guess she still has the magic touch with men!
Ten minutes and a nice tip later, we were checked in with barding passes and ready to go through the TSA strip search...I was getting excited. Fortunatey (or unfortunately) we sailed through security with no prboems...we'll except for the fact that Sandy left her Passport somewhere between TSA check-in and the "gathering area" afterwards. After several minutes of panic,a nice security guard came through the gathering area asking for "Sandy Colee." Got the passport...another possible disaster averted.
Once through Security,we reverted to form. Laura on line, Sandy window shopping and me, Chili's for a cold one. Met a couple of great people at Chili's. Two heading back home to Ireland for Christmas. And one who would be on our flight to Tel a Viv. Got a laugh out of the nice young lady serving a the the bar when she asked for my ID. I responded, "I'm gonna kiss you!" She laughed out loud!
The guy going to Israel with us was fresh out of the Marines and actually still in the active reserves. I thanked him for his service to our great country. He asked the waitress if he could eat some sushi at he bar...apparently they frown on bringing food other than their own into Chili's...who knew? Anyway, she eventually let him. The rest of us at the bar asked if the bartender (kiddingly) if we could order shushi as well. Gotta have some fun!
Saw the kid again in line waiting to board. Came up to him and told him I was the Chili's police and understand he broke our sushi rule at the bar. We had a good laugh. He then wanted to join us in line...let me see, was it because I was such a great conversationalist, or that he may have spotted a nice looking young 24-year old with me...not sure!!!!
There was a group of kids going to Israel on the flight. They called it a birthright group. Guess they get young Jewish kids to come over to Israel free of charge to gret in touch with their heritage. Interesting concept.
Got ready to board the plane and found out there was still another TSA security check. Guess I can't blame them. All went well there until Laura couldn't find her
passport. After some momentary panic, she found it in her back pocket! And on to boarding.
Thought the flight attendant told me upstairs...nope...first class. we were...less than first class...row 63. Good news is, we're close to the restrooms in the back...4 rows from the back and surrounded by all the teenage kids going on their birthright trip. Nice kids...very excited.
Big plane...747-400. Good chicken dinner before I started blogging. Got cut off from blogging when the plane took off. More from Israel, I hope. Good flight. More on our flight, arrival and first night in the Holy Land tomorrow!
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