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There I was in Connecticut waiting for my Dad to pick me up and take me to the Westchester Airport for my 10:30am flight to D.C. so I could make an easy connect ion to Cleveland. I'm a lucky man because my Dad has always been so generous driving me everywhere; from taking me to school in the early mornings, to sporting practices in the afternoon, and to late night airport runs. The latter was for when I would come home and visit after I moved to California. I never had to twist my Dad's arm, he always insisted. In fact, sometimes I didn't want him to take me because he has a little problem of being on time. I didn't learn until later in life that if you don't pad the time by an extra 30 minutes, fughedabout it. Well, this past week, as I paced up and down the driveway, looking at my watch, I realized I forgot about it. For some unknown reason my Dad thinks taking a plane is like the train, you just walk up at the time of departure and go. When my Dad finally rolled up, I said, "There is NO way I am going to make this flight." Being the optimist that he is, he says, "Sure you will, jump in."
To make a long story short, we flew down the Merrit Parkway
and arrived at HPN 15 minutes before the flight. I
kiss my Dad good-bye and say, "Hold on one minute," just to
make sure I get on. Side note: This is the one airport that
the cops are cool and do not make you crazy by threatening to write
a ticket if you don't circle, but if you do have to circle there, it's
no big deal. The terminal was quiet and there wasn't a gate
agent in site. It was fifteen minutes before eleven, and I had
a feeling of abandonment. As I run through the terminal with
my bags in tow, I come across an agent who said, "NO, you are too late."
The next flight wasn't for five hours, so we drove 23 miles
to LGA , (LaGaurdia Airport), where I was able to get on the 12 noon
Chicago flight. I arrived in ORD 30 minutes early so I was able
to connect right away, (That's why you don't check bags), to a 45 minute
flight to Cleveland. I didn't care that I wasn't able to get an
upgrade or even a seat in the premier row (extra leg room), just as
long as I made it for Amber's Mom's party. But being stuck in the
waaaay back of the plane makes it almost impossible to
work on your computer
Amber and her sister, Erica , picked me up at Hopkins International. We went straight to Erica's house to play with Amber's niece, Chloe , (She's almost walking). As I said we were in Cleveland to celebrate Amber's Mom's Birthday , and that's what we did. Old fashion style. Let me give you some background. Amber's parents are young, really young. It's weird, at dinner as I sat at across the hibachi table I realized they could really be my brother or sister. Now that is scary. And that night we acted as if they were. After dinner, we dropped her younger brother and sister off, (12 & 15, respectively), and went out to see one of their friends in a rock band. That's right, they are so young they have a friend in a rock band. They were playing songs from the 70's and 80's at an Irish pub and they were really good. We danced until closing, (2am), then went to a great place for an early breakfast. We were starving and our waiter was so bad that he couldn't take our drink and food order at the same time. We didn't get out of there until 4am. My tip to the waiter should've been, "Don't get a job in NYC, because you wouldn't last more than a lunch shift." Speaking of NY: When I was walking into the rest room, when we were leaving, this forty-something-year-old drunk dude sees my sweatshirt that has Yankees written in bold letters over the front of it and says with attitude, "YANKEES?! THE YANKEES SUCK!" I looked at him in shock and said, "Who made it to the playoffs buddy?" (This was before the Yankees blew it against Anaheim.) He said, "They still SUCK!" I said, "They only made it to the world series five out of the last six years, what has Cleveland done?" He shut up after that and we left without causing a riot because you know I was the only Yankee fan in the place.
The next day we didn't wake up too late and Erica's husband, Jimmy,
went out and got some tasty buffalo wings to eat while watching the game.
It's the first time I ever had teriyaki wings and they were
tasty! While licking our fingers and watching the Browns
game, we all agreed that we couldn't believe we partied all night
with Amber's and Erica's parents and had a great time while doing it!
Are we getting old or what?
We made it back to California without any hassles or secondary screening! The TSA, as far as I am concerned, have been great. Every airport I have been in they have been efficient, professional, and friendly. Now, if they could only get the bomb detection devices in place for checked baggage, we would go back to only worrying about mechanical problems and not terroists.
Can you believe I have been in L.A. for almost a week straight!?
It's nice to be home too, especially when you live
in sunny Southern California. Nothing too special went
on out here, except catching up on some work and spending some
and their new edition. We also had my sister's nanny,
, who is from Australia, come out and spend a few nights with us
so she could see L.A. Since I had work to do, Amber played tour guide
this week but I knew Laura would rather have her do it to hit all the shopping
spots and girlie things rather than seeing my version of L.A. One
night we did take Laura and our buddy, Chris, up to Rodeo Drive, then
to go to
Grauman's Chinese theater
Walk of Fame
, measured our
hands and feet
with the stars, and then
because we were STARVING. I must say, I had one of the nastiest
hot turkey sandwiches ever. I rather eat economy airplane
food any day than eat that gnarly turkey sandwich with frozen yellow
carrots again. I will go back to Mel's, but next time it
will just be for their
because they are the best around. After our Swanson's TV
dinner, we walked back to the theater and paid $10 a piece to
see, Sweet Home Alabama, (Amber Airplane made me.)
Amber and Laura rated the movie a "B", and Chris and I gave it a
D+. It's definitely a chick flick.
This weekend Manhattan Beach had their annual Hometown Fair, which always goes over well with the locals. They have great arts and crafts that range from Halloween decorations to outdoor house signs . The kids can play games, rock climb, or get their picture taken in a shark's mouth . For the adults, there's one of the best beer gardens around with an adjacent stage that had battle of the bands. If none of these float your boat, then hopefully the food booths will. They had all the staple foods there but what you might have never seen is the booth that sells pepper bellies , (Chili poured into a bag of Fritos). I think it's gross but it was the second most popular booth, (behind the fish taco stand). The fair is not worth the drive, but if you live locally I highly recommend it. Next year, we'll have Mel get a booth and pour some shakes.
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