A Vacation Mindset Only Lasts So Long...
Jun 24, 2010
Jul 11, 2010
OK, so we got all of our stuff packed up on Thursday afternoon, got the alarm set, appliances turned off, blah, blah, blah. Any little thing that went wrong that afternoon, was like a bead of water rolling off a duck's tail; we were on vacation! When the huge black suburban rolled up to the house looking like Secret Service, we were stoked. Traveling with five passengers has its drawbacks, but apparently can have perks too-- in the form of new leather, tinted windows, and soft classical music. We were unusually upbeat on the way to the airport as we faced rush hour I-5 traffic in the hot sun. Thinking ourselves wise, we had allowed ample time. Even though our driver was a stress-case, we were happy and carefree. We got the airport with a generous two hours before our 8 PM flight was due to leave. We laughed and joked as we walked up to the check-in line, oblivous to the assortment of worried, frustrated, and downright furious facial expressions milling around us. Five hours later, however we were among them Our cheerful banter had evaporated, as we had missed our connecting flight to Syndey long ago. After numerous restrictions by the FAA, we were finally granted clearance to take off and head for the foggy, windy, rainy, Fortress of Torture otherwise known as the San Francisco Aiport. But since we arrived there after midnight, that is a story for another day.