No matter when I take a shuttle ride to or from the airport, there always something that happens. This time, as you might imagine in mid-January, with rain, at rush-hour, there was a LOT of traffic. I was picked up in Lacey at 7:45 and it took us until 9:00 to get to just the Tacoma Dome – normally a 20 minute drive?
Thankfully none of this bothered me since I’m a bit obsessive about time (a bit obsessive?) and had already planed on getting to the airport three hours before my flight. Even with all the traffic problems, I still got through security and am now sitting at my flight’s gate with a mocha and scone and two hours to spare.
The elderly couple on my shuttle ride weren’t quite as calm about all this as I was. They got to the airport just 60 minutes before their flight and were a bit worried about getting a wheelchair and getting through security with a pacemaker. It was nice to see the airport folks helping this couple through security and such. It looked to me like they should have made it to their flight (to Hawaii!) in time.
This trip? I’m flying down to visit Amber, Patrick and little Katie. Patrick is taking off for a day (two?) to participate in an athletic event – someting crazy wild and extreme – and Amber wanted some help with Kate. And heck, any excuse to be with Amber and her family!
Not only will I be hanging with, and visiting with Amber and family, I’m also hoping to do a few more watercolor journal paintings. I’m not sure how many I’ll be able to post in real-time, but I already fudged just a bit an pre-journaled a title page for this section of my travel journal:
Admittedly, this is not true watercolor, but it is made with water soluble brush pens, so I think that’s close enough. I’ve been taking a short online class in “calligra-fun” and this title page was created using the things I’ve learned in that class. I still need a lot of practice, so I’m hoping for many more title pages in my travel journal.
Going through security is always worth writing about. I usually don’t have problems (although I’ve had my liquids checked, my hands swabbed for explosive residue, and my suitcase opened once when going through customs here in the USA). But… wow… there are still folks who have never been through security, or they’ve never had to go through US security. In front of me were a family of about six people, possibly Indian or Iraqi, or…? Either way, they didn’t understand much English and it was a huge bottle neck in security. After them was an elderly lady with a cat in a carrier. The cat had to be removed from the carrier, and apparently the lady had a bag of stuff crammed inside the cat-carrier! So that had to be removed and gone through – item by item. It all appeared to be contact solution, makeup and such, but weird. The lady was getting upset about folks pawing through her stuff too. Naturally, she then wanted a pat-down instead of going through the more normal security. A female patter-downer had to be called in and that took time too. The good thing about all these folks in front of me? They didn’t give me a second glance and just rushed all my things through!
Enough for this post, I should be in the air about an hour from now, so that means about three hours until I see Amber and her family!