Monday, October 4, 2010

The icing to my cake

This past week was a long one in New England. The weather was wet and all I could think of was getting back home.

My travel day on Tuesday was one of the most frustrating I've had in a while. It started when I was on my way to the airport and stopped behind someone at a red light. Stopped behind someone who was driving a manual transmission car.

Remember the part about being stopped at the light? We were on a hill. A fairly steep hill. Apparently the girl in front of me wasn't so great at getting going on a hill.

The light turned green and she promptly stalled her car. But instead of stalling and hitting the brakes, she stalled & rolled back about 2 feet. And then proceeded to stall 2 more times, each time rolling another 2 or 3 feet. At this point, my car was in reverse & I was just trying to keep from getting rolled into.

Eventually she got going, but by then, my nerves were on edge. What else?

I walked up right as the shuttle bus at the airport pulled off.

I tried to enter the airport and went for the "Exit" door. Didn't work so well.

The man at the security line was a LIAR. "Security Line at D is much faster." Not so much.

A woman and her father were behind me going through security. She was impatient, she was short, she was fussy. And he was confused.

We chatted a little and after getting through security I turned to her and said, "It must be hard for you both to have him traveling." She looked at me and told me that he suffered from Alzheimer's/Dementia.

And I almost started crying. I wanted to give them both a big hug - I've been there & seen the effects.

But I didn't. I went on to my gate and was off to New England.

I got my car, a funny little Yaris, and was off to the office.

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Almost there when I suddenly had to slam on the brakes. As I was coming off of the interstate, this animal came trotting across the exit ramp:

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And this wild turkey took his sweet time getting across the road.

As he reached the grass, that guy turned around & I swear I hurt him say, "Gobble Gobble Sucka!"

I shot right back, "You're lucky I didn't hit you & pack your birdy butt in dry ice & ship you home!"

And that, was the icing on my travel day cake.

Happy Monday!


Caroline said...

What a day?! I just want to hug people with Alzheimer's and their caregivers. It's such a hard road. So sad. Glad you made it home in one piece!

Dee Stephens said...

I'm in awe of all your biz travel. I know it's tough and you seem to have a GREAT attitude!

Dancy said...

Bwahahaa - "Gobble, gobble sukka" Hah! I needed that on this dreary Monday morning.

Lil' Woman said...

Ugh, what a day but the whole Gobble Gobble thing had me giggling.

MCW said...

The car rolling back story is so me when I was learning to drive stick shift. It was horrible!!!

Anonymous said...

Oh my gosh, this made me laugh so hard. I used to travel a lot with my job and still cringe at the thought of biz travel. Glad you're safe!

Brittany Ann said...

Your job is taxing, girl. You amaze me! I couldn't hang like you do, and so successfully!

Kassie said...

Love the turkey's words. ;) Can't believe your travel day lady!! That woman rolling back in the car--that's my worst nightmare! I hate driving stick in a hilly area for that reason!

Jenny DB said...

Aaaw, Someone brakes for Turkeys!!! :-)

OK so i used to drive a stick - i learned on one, and i always wondered whose 'fault' it would be if you rolled back into the car behind you. I mean, technically they should give you some space, but there have to be limits to that. i wonder how that works!