Woke up at 5:15, was at the front desk for the taxi by 5:45, discovered that the clueless night auditor was working again and she was just as useless when Polly came up to inform her that his Nintendo DS had been taken from the room. A half-hearted "will let you know if we find it" was all he got.
The taxi ride was uneventful, except for the first time in 4 days we were in a car with 4 doors and leg room. Checked in at Oakland Airport only to find out that our flight was very delayed. It had not even taken off from Columbus yet. Anyway, got checked in, went thru security, staked out a couple of benches and Polly, Megan, and Gallaway went to sleep. Speck stayed up and read a book, got a soda, talked on the phone, found out that visibility in Columbus was one tenth of a mile. Went back thru security and smoked. Returned to the humiliation que to take off my belt, shoes, coat, sweatshirt, and empty my pockets to show I am not a terrorist. Sat and read some more. Finally wandered over to the bar with Polly and had a couple of drinks. Joined by Megan and Gallaway we began to play rummy. Finally at 11:45 we were onboard the plane. 4 stiff gin and tonics later Speck was asleep. During the landing process Specks ears did not equalize well and he could not hear for anything. Gathering up the bags, the shuttle took us back to Megan's car of claustrophobia. 3.5 hours later we roll up to Gallaway's house where Gallaway and Speck debark. Speck just wanna go home... and 20 minutes later he was laid out on his couch. Vacation Accomplished.
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