Monday, April 23, 2012

T: The Trip

      I had another idea for the letter T but my head is full of my recent adventure so that's the account you get to read.  This year's T can wait for next year....


      At this moment, I am sitting at the JetBlue gate at JFK but the adventure began at SFO.  Early on last Thursday morning (and we are talking early, even for me - 3:30 am) I drove my silver bug Oskar down to San Francisco to pick up Sonny Boy.  He lives in the Sunset district so we tooled from there a bit south to SF International, made our way out to the long term parking garage, and then got the shuttle back to the terminals.  Security proved to be a challenge on two accounts, one inevitable and one a result of my carelessness.  I have a 4 inch chunk of metal along my right collar bone so bingo - there goes the metal detector.  Pat down time.  Fine.  While waiting for the TSA person I am asked by another TSA person if the bag she is holding is mine.  Yup.  "Do you have a knife in here?" she asks.  "Heck NO," I assure her. Guess what?  I did have a knife in there.  I was using the backpack that I take to work every day and I carry a paring knife in a sheaf.  Oops.  You know where this is going.  Fortunately, we all actually had a chuckle over it because I think they could tell I was flabbergasted.  I also freely released my paring knife to them.

      From there it was a jam packed three days. Tons of walking, hundreds of photos, one museum (MOMA), lots of general tourist behavior, and volumes of good conversation with Sonny Boy and my other traveling companion, Kevin.  On Friday evening, we all attended a rehearsal, out-of-towners dinner for the wedding couple.  That was a blast!  Perhaps forty people present, all very engaging and lively people.  That dinner set the stage for the wedding the following late afternoon.  The ceremony was at Prospect Park in Brooklyn.  The weather prediction had been iffy all week and the evening turned out to be cool and breezy but not wet.  Excellent omen.  I was the celebrant and embraced my role as master of ceremonies.  I had a story to tell.  It was really Tim and Sierra's story but I loved performing it.  Again, the guests were wonderful, interesting, energetic people and I do believe the wedding couple have surrounded themselves with a slew of positive and creative people.  It was an electric place to be.


      I won't get home until late tonight but I was smart enough to take tomorrow off from work.  I will need to collect myself before going back to the trenches.  I had been mentally preparing for this trip since late last fall.  My comfort level with the whole thing varied, depending on my exhaustion and confidence levels.  As the trip is wrapping up, I am pleased to report that it is all good.  I learned a lot, I made sweet connections with new and old friends, and my eyes were further opened to life.  Recharged and inclined to more adventure, I remain alive.

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  1. So glad you had a wonderful experience! Sounds like quite an adventure, and makes me want to go somewhere and do something!

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    1. I did have a great time. I am reminded of previous posts I have written in which I was solidly grounded in the "stay home blues". Not so much anymore.

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  2. I always thought Oskar was Oscar! Too funny...

    Anyway, a great trip for sure! You were wise for taking the day off - I'm regretting my decision to charge ahead.

    Quite an adventure! More to come...

    Bubba

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    1. Yeah, I wish you would have taken the day off - YOUR BIRTHDAY, for goodness sake's! Thanks for going with me!

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  3. I was always quite intimidated by the city until Ross introduced me to it. It’s good to go with someone who knows their way around.
    I glad you enjoyed your trip. I like the bride and groom pic. I wonder who they were looking at?

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    1. Probably one of their most charming friends - that couple has really surrounded themselves with good people.

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  4. I love that you wrote this at JFK. Some of my most powerful writing from my Ireland trip, took place at SFO, and JFK. I am a veteran of the airways, and ain't that a shock. I wish I could have been with you for the meanderings around the city. Until next time.

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    1. I actually get a kick out of hanging out in airports - but my limit on the "fun" piece is about two hours....

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  5. So glad to hear the weekend report! It sounds awesome. Travel safely today!

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    1. Traveling days are over - for a while....

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  6. One of my favorite parts of our wedding was having a good friend as the celebrant. I'm sure you did a wonderful job and that it meant the world to the happy couple :)
    Happy last week of A-Z and safe travels!
    ~AJ @ frodofrog.blogspot.com

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    1. I sure had fun doing it and I am still touched that they asked me. Thanks for stopping by!

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  7. It sounds like you had a wonderful trip! My least favorite part of traveling is the airports. I haven't flown anywhere since the tighter restrictions and increased security measures, and I dread the day I have to.

    You've made me want to go back to NYC, though! ;)

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  8. Glad you had such a wonderful trip!

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