This post was originally written on Friday, April 20, 2007. When we got back from Louisiana I read it and realized that it was irrationally stupid and had to be edited. Hence, this post was edited 10 days from now.
2:30 AM is really freaking early to be waking up for a trip to another state. I know you don’t get to travel like this very often, but dude, it is early. And it had to be. The shuttle was due at our house at 4:00 AM. I had stayed up a little later last night to make sure everything was easy enough to get to the street so there were no problems. I was also finishing up the cleaning to make sure that when we get home we have a nice clean house to thrash.
The shuttle arrived promptly at 4:00 AM, about five minutes after my sister-in-law Katie and mother-in-law Bonnie. To the kids’ surprise, the shuttle van that was supposed to arrive showed up at the house disguised as a limousine. That made the kids trip a little easier to swallow.
We got to airport a little after 4:30 AM, went through the Gestapo check-in process, hit the bathrooms, got to our terminal, got on our airplane and were off at 6:15. We got to Houston a little early, had lunch, then got on our airplane from Houston to Lafayette. We got to Lafayette at about 2:15 Louisiana time after a very nice flight. (Something to note for next time we fly, my wife is terribly afraid of flying and was sick for most of the four hour flight from San Jose to Houston.)
After we got our bags and the rental van (thanks to Bonnie, who was our kind “sponsor” for this trip) we were off to Baldwin where my wife’s grandmother lives. THe drive over was a nice comfortable 45 minute drive, followed up by some nice unpacking, then some resting after a very long day of travel with the wife, five kids, sister-in-law and mother-in-law.
Thinking of how nice this trip has been, the one thing that makes it even better is that America got it right last night. Sanjaya… saionara. That’ll be all there is to say about that.
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