In the past 48 hours, I’ve been to six airports in five states, JAX, ATL, SLC, LGB, LAX & HNL. (In related news, LGB is still the same sucking refugee camp it was when Hodgie and I were stuck there last year.)
Meesh, my partner in crime from my Atlanta days was randomly on my flight to SLC – surprise friend No. 1! When my plan to fly standby fell through because of the blizzard, Vicky, my supervisor when I lived in Atlanta and now just a really great friend, offered to put me up at her house with her sweet family during my unexpected daylong stopover in Los Angeles. Surprise friend No. 2! Lastly, my high school friend Antoinette came to LAX just to give me a hug and send me off to see the world. Surprise friend No. 3! It was such a blessing to get all that last minute encouragement, especially from three gals I love so dearly.
While I had zero delays and two upgrades to first class (yay!) during my first 4 flights, some of the other flyers have been hell-bent on making me insane. Since I left Jacksonville at 5:30 a.m. on the 30th, I’ve been seated next to a toddler who whined, laid all over me and kicked my leg every 30 seconds for 6 hours while his mom dozed, have had the woman behind me angrily pound the touch screen on the back of my chair all the way across the USA and sat on the tarmac for what seemed like ages while the pilots tried to line up the plane with the gate arm thingy in Utah. The only thing that stopped me from whooping a stranger’s child on that flight to Hawaii was the fact that I really wanted to be in Fiji, and not stuck in jail for questioning.
Picture taken by the one island police officer at the local jail on Crooked Island, Bahamas, in 2009.
7 thoughts on “The Journey Begins”
You are well on your way to your dream! Thanks for updating family and friends.
Love you, Monga
Looking forward to your updates…..Take Care.
HAHAHA! i love it. if i was surprise friend #4 i would have whooped that child’s behind for you 🙂
safe travels, angie!!
Two upgrades–that’s pretty lucky! Given that Scott and I had to take FOUR flights to get back to SF just from TN and it took 36 hours, it could have been worse… =)
Ewww, that sounds heinous! Aside from the toddler disaster, it was a pretty smooth trip. Glad y’all finally made it back!
That’s so great Antoinette came to see you off! How is she doing? I’ve thought about her often over the years. 🙂
And kudos on the self control ’cause I think I would have whooped a kid! LOL
Ant is doing great – living in LA and being a big success!