Homeward bound – Take 2

I write this at the Los Angeles Airport Crowne Plaza – first portion courtesy of Delta Airlines (that’s a story!), second portion care of us (another story again). Our flight home, take 2, happens in just under seven hours.

Our second week here in NE Ohio has been a relaxing one, after a lovely few days with Diana and Tom in Pittsburgh. Our days would take a familiar img_0173pattern. Waking up around 7 (nice bonus, for early riser me) then off to to Millers Family Restaurant (Dad’s breakfast haunt for years) for my standard order of two eggs over-medium, hash browns, sausage patties and white toast, with coffee on tap.

The rest of the day? Significant down time; anything from reading Peter Garrett’s bio “Big Blue Sky”, taking my time over the downloaded Aus papers, some time with God, playing an old electric keyboard (including writing an instrumental piece), skipping lunch, afternoon nap, before heading off around 4 for a drive, some final shopping and then a meal out somewhere. Monday night we caught up with Dale’s school-band friend Sherry and husband Wayne at a nice Mexican restaurant a Streetsboro. Dale raves about the soup.

img_0133The weather seemed take a turn for the worse though, with rain, wind and light snow impacting on how much time we managed outdoors.

The light snow falls were an unexpected bonus for us these past days. It got down to -5 here while back home in Brisbane my trusty iPhone weather app reminded me that summer lingered with 32 degree days.

 

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Tuesday however offered us beautiful blue sky, time to sit on the deck with Dad and (cat) Tiger and take some nice pictures.

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The light snow falls were an unexpected bonus for us these past days. It got down to -5 here while back home in Brisbane my trusty iPhone weather app reminded me that summer lingered with 32 degree days. Dale and I enjoy walking down into the woods(trees bereft of leaves of course). Dad’s place is in an area called Nelson Kennedy Ledges.

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Another afternoon, rain threatening, we took a drive out to an area called Aurora Meadows (20 minutes or so away) to where Dale grew up and did her early schooling, then past nearby Mantua where her family also lived.

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And so it was that Tom, Diana and Dad saw us off around 1.30 pm Friday atCleveland airport. Little did we know that over the next 15 hours, six of these would be in the air, nine at airports surviving either lengthy layovers or delays (4 hours at Cleveland) or as in Atlanta and Los Angeles scrambling (not the eggs this time) to make our connections. All a bit crazy, but we were OK. The off-script PA announcements by the flight attendant on the Atlanta-L.A. leg helped!

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Confusing signage with Virgin Australia checkin/boarding at both the Tom Bradley terminal and Terminal 3 and lengthy Security lines all meant we missed our 11.50 am Friday flight back to Brisbane. Sigh. So in the wee hours of a Los Angeles morning we speak to staff at the Virgin Australia desk (very helpful) and the Delta desk (less so). Different terminals and anyone who knows LAX knows this is one big airport.

Our one hour long phone chat with Delta back in Cleveland assured us that should we miss our flight home, Delta would put us up for the night and take care of meals etc. accommodation – yes! Meals, not at all, despite our 1 am pleading.
So, we’ve had a really restful day, catching up on sleep, reading, probably eating too much and preparing for the flight home (finally!) not too many hours away. Dale will go virtually straight from the airport to school, with a medical appointment thrown in there amid it all. We do nothing by half measures!
This trip, like so many others has been all about family. As the years go by, I need to more and more intentionally build in down time. These past 13 days (now 14) have gifted both of these. Thanks God.
See you soon,
David

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