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Published: October 29th 2006
Starting Off from Nates
Here we are on Friday morning at Nate's condo as we head for the San Francisco airport.
What a day it has been thus far. The alarm was set to go off at 7am this morning but I woke up long before that, thanks in whole to a sanitation man who decided to smash the city’s glass and whatnot right outside the window where I was sleeping. Unfortunately, Nate didn’t have the “energy” to take us to the airport this morning so it was a hurried event as his partner John had to drive us instead. I felt really bad to be pawned off on the poor guy who had barely met us but I hope he isn’t too upset about the matter. My only fear is that we return to San Francisco and get stranded at the airport with no ride and no car since I left my keys with Nate. The best way to learn who your friends are is to trust them when it really matters. So I have faith in you Nate, don’t let me down!
After a little confusion at the San Francisco airport, we finally got checked in and our luggage checked through to Shannon. We were assigned seats apart from each other but we put on a smile and boarded
Me, Robert, Matt, and Billie: By some miracle, we all linked up at the Chicago International Airport despite numerous delays
the plane. After we were all seated on the American Airlines flight bound for Chicago, they made the announcement that Chicago air traffic control had delayed all incoming flights and that we were going to be in a hold status for approximately an hour and a half! Since we only had a two hour layover in Chicago, this threw me into an absolute panic. The whole flight I was completely stressing out because Aer Lingus only has one flight out each night to Shannon so we’d have to wait another day. We had no means of contacting Billie and Matt so I was worried about how they were going to fare when they showed up in Shannon and we didn’t arrive. We left a few messages on their cell phones so we hoped for the best.
Upon arrival in Chicago, I called Aer Lingus and learned that our outbound flight had also been delayed an hour and a half so we were lucky there. After we finally made our way to the international terminal via a train shuttle, we finally had a stroke of luck. For some miraculous reason, Matt happened to notice us walking by as they were checking their luggage in. Their flights had gotten completely messed up as well and instead of landing at 8:30am ahead of us, they were now scheduled to arrive at 4:30pm, about four and a half hours behind us. I gave them directions to the cottage from the nearest towns and hopefully they’ll be able to find their way there.
Right now it’s 10pm Pacific Daylight Savings time and we are over the ocean somewhere I’d imagine. It’s dark outside the window and Robert is snoozing beside me. Oh how I envy his ability to sleep in any type of environment. We still have another six hours of flight and my arse is already going numb on me. I was lucky enough to reserve a window and aisle seat for us. The airline industry has really changed it seems. Now they charge you for a snack box and your drinks after the first little cup. I wonder how First Class is getting treated up there. If I ever win the lottery, I’ll have to find out for myself. Thus far, I’ve watched The Break Up and The Devil Wears Prada and now The Lake House. I think the battery in my laptop is going to take a shit on me; fully charged it has less than an hour energy so that sucks. Anyway, just wanted to update everyone on our adventure thus far. I can’t wait to land in Shannon and begin the real adventure!!
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