busI decided to take advantage of the commuter bus and metro to get to the airport as I embarked on my “trip from hell”.   My husband dropped me off  at the commuter bus stop. I had my backpack and a piece of luggage that was pretty large but since so many people took off this week I thought I could catch a break and get a seat to myself.  I took a seat near the front since I had so much stuff to carry.  Sure enough, even though there were many other open seats on the bus, someone HAD to sit next to me which meant my luggage had to go in the aisle while the bus was in motion and then onto my lap as we got into town and people started exiting the bus.  So I had my backpack, the luggage, my purse and it was a little crowded.  The person that HAD to sit next to me started to bitch and moan about not having any room and I just said, “oh well”.  She then let loose with a string of expletives and I started to laugh which made her all the madder!  Too bad!

You know there were countless times when I have had to deal with people so huge they took up two seats or they were carrying a lot of stuff and took up two seats but I figure, “hey, that’s part of the crap you have to deal with when you take the commute from hell”, and I gave them some slack.  So I really didn’t have much sympathy for this person.

Miss Piggy (actually wearing sneakers and not sandals or flats!) was on the bus and took a front row seat (of course) but the bus driver was not much of a talker.  BUSTED!!

Naturally the escalator at Metro Center was out so I had to walk down to the metro platform.  From then on things went pretty smoothly.  The metro wasn’t crowded and I checked in my luggage very early.  Since I was wearing a corduroy shirt over a t-shirt I had to be padded down by airport security.  That was my thrill for the day.  I sat and read a book until my flight started boarding.  Once seated I found the person sitting next to me was some “young dude” who was wearing jeans with the knees cut out.  Why bother with the jeans? Why not just wear shorts?  I guess that was his idea of “winter apparel”.

The flight was smooth and it was fun watching DC and FL from the air.  The Potomac looks huge from the air!

There was some family drama but no “incidents” yet–however there is huge
potential in the days ahead so stay tuned!

w-ft-lauderdaleOn Tuesday I will embark on a trip from hell.  I am going to Ft. Lauderdale for my cousin’s wedding.  On this little jaunt (because it’s a small world after all, right?)  I will actually be taking trains,  planes and automobiles.  My  husband is dropping me at the Metro (by automobile) which I will take to National Airport and catch a plane to Ft. Lauderdale where I will be picked up, in an automobile, by my Aunt.

Family Fued

This trip could also turn out to be the family gig from hell.  Two of my siblings have been estranged from my aunt since my mom passed away five years ago.  There is no telling what could happen when they finally see each other face to face.

Also, I am staying at my Aunt’s with another sibling (we have stayed in touch with my aunt and have forged a tenuious truce with our other siblings ever since–a truce that could blow up in our faces!) who is a neocon AND just became an Episcopal (there is nothing wrong with being an Episcopal however, my parents and grandparents, devout Roman and Byzantine Catholics, must be rolling in their graves!).  Then there is my Aunt who at best can be described as brass and crass who has never shied away from speaking her mind.  Hijinks just may ensue!

Will sanity prevail and everyone behave themselves for the sake of the occasion or will DECADES’ worth of grudges and hard feelings reign? And…will my SPF 99.5  sunblock work? Tune back here, same bat time, same bat channel, to find out!

THEN there’s my aunt’s FIVE cats!