1. If you are desirous for the stranger next to you on the plane to think highly of you, you probably shouldn’t call your girlfriend, talk about how much you miss her, read romantic poetry to her, say how much you’re looking forward to seeing her, hang up, and then call another girl to tell her what a great time you had over the past week. This will not give you a positive glow. You also probably shouldn’t down three flight-sized bottles of whiskey and start conversations with, “Well, when I got out of jail…”
2. Dogs are fun, especially 7 lb. miniature poodles. Without the stupid poodle cut, of course.
3. Turning on the television after a week away and hearing that James Brown and Gerald Ford have both died, and Saddam Hussein has been executed, is weird. (Boy, do I ever wish that I could have a funeral that was as big of a celebration as James Brown’s. Gerald Ford’s was very touching and respectful, but Brown’s was just plain fun, from all accounts.)
4. I would hate to be the guy who is found by some news crew to add more humanity to their coverage of the blizzard. You know, the one whose truck is buried in snow up to the hood ornament, who is trying feverishly to dig it out, who isn’t having much luck. I would especially hate it if the news crew ended their segment about me by saying, “And when we left him, he was going nowhere.” And scene. And then if they left. I would hate that.
5. It is harder than you might think to find the book Eldest in an airport bookstore.
6. I wish that the publishing industry would stop publishing books for a year or so, just so I could make a feeble attempt at catching up on all the things I would like to read. At the current rate of publishing at least ten books every week, I’m never going to catch up. Perhaps I need a patron to pay me to read.
7. Four-wheel drive really does make a difference when driving in blizzard conditions. Who knew.
8. On a snowy, windy day, Ryan and his family wake up and think, “What a great day to go outside and ski/snowshoe/snowmobile/etc. Let’s get all bundled up! And pack a lunch so we can be out there all day!” I wake up and think, “What a great day to stay inside and read/sleep/eat/etc. Let’s get all bundled up! And sit in front of a nice roaring fire with some good music!” This difference in mindset can, in fact, cause problems when vacationing in a snowy spot in the winter.
9. The Rochester Airport doesn’t believe in adequate baggage staff, so much so that we – along with four other flights of people who got there before we did – waited two hours to collect our
hags bags. (Thanks, Lisa!) Ok, people, this isn’t Chicago, New York City, L.A., or any other airport with a gazillion flights a day. It’s Rochester. Maybe they should have let us passengers just go help the baggage-throwing people throw the baggage on the conveyor belts. That way everybody could have gotten home to sing Auld Lang Syne with friends and family instead of random strangers.
10. A week isn’t nearly long enough for a vacation.
Hope all of your Christmases were merry!