Tuesday, April 16, 2013


………but wait, I’m getting ahead of myself.  Here I am last Wednesday morning, off to LAX.

NOTE to SELF:  While you may love that bag, please remember to take one with lots of pockets for ‘stuff’….and, it should only weigh a few ounces.

SECOND NOTE to SELF:  Don’t you think those Porche sunglasses are a bit much???


Can you believe this was the very first time I didn’t check my luggage thru…. Got this little Samsonite carry-on number and crammed all the essentials into it.  So pleased.


Wait just a minute…I didn’t say goodbye to Charles……


O.K., I’m ready to go…………


Oh this is great, comfy sedan, friendly driver and a beautiful day.  Traffic’s not too bad as we’re approaching the Los Feliz off ramp on the 5.


WAIT……….WE HAVE TO GO BACK! “Go back?????” says my driver…..”are you sure…what do you need…..you can get it there”?????  “Oh no” says I as he glumly gets off the freeway and heads on back.  Meanwhile, I phoned Nikka with instructions to grab the two make up cases on my bathroom counter and meet us at Western & Glenoaks!  At this point I’m sure all you gals understand WHY I had to go back.  In fact, if I  had been at LAX & noticed the missing items, I would have gone back….plane or no plane.  Honest.

You can hardly see her but this lady was an angel in disguise.  She checked me in and when I asked her where I should go next she replied…..”Just go back outside, turn left and walk about ten minutes…….then go inside to Gate 68”  WHA????????????????


Guess my face fell as she then asked if I’d like a wheelchair.  FANTASTIC IDEA!!!!  Guess you know my answer.  So into the chair I plop as my ‘driver’ carts me the ten minutes outside and then about another 20 minutes inside over hill and dale.  We went on forever and honestly I don’t know how anyone does it.  Even had to take two elevators to get to other levels……Now that I had that ‘light bulb moment’, I requested a wheel chair to meet me when my plane landed……good thing too as the connecting flight was at the other end of the Cincinnati airport and I had less than 30 minutes to make it!!!  Gosh the airlines should pay us to fly.

Great flight Captain…..you earned your wings.


Someone asked if WKRP was playing.  I thought that was quite clever.


Still on Delta (love them) and on my way to Richmond Virginia.


You’ll love this one.  (I’m laughing so much I don’t know if I can type.)  The stewardess asked me if I could manage the steps or if I wanted a ramp.  I didn’t know what she was talking about but said yes to the ramp as I usually say yes to everything & anything.  So……they pulled the ramp up to the plane just for me!…..Can you see the stairs????


Finally at about 10:00 P.M.


My temporary nest.


But to get there I had to walk down this corridor……………….


………turn and go down this way to the very end…….


Ahhhhhhh……………………….made it.


Plenty of room for those ‘cosmetic bags’………


11:00 P.M. dinner…….cobb salad…….


……to be continued.

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