Hey guys. I'm back from FLL. Just got back to the office a couple hours ago. And since I'm such a hard worker, of course I'm already playing on the internet
So, here's the weekend in a nutshell:
Thurs: Flew down to FLL on TWA in TWFirst. It felt different knowing this would be one of a handful of times left I'll get to have that experience. I'm on a mission now to build a TW "collection," and the flight attendant let me keep the china/silverware (both mine and the woman's sitting next to me). I collected several "momentos" in the Ambassador Club in STL so my bag was getting pretty heavy
. (I'm trying to get a complete service for 4, plus anything else I can get my hands on). I talked to 2 of the F/A's on the flight. They are happy/cautiously optimistic about the American buyout.
Fri: Weather was great. John and I and a couple of our friends who were down for the weekend all went to the beach. A nude beach. A legal
nude beach in N. Miami. Very fun. Very European
Fri. night: A friend of our who lives down there was having a birthday party for his partner, so John and I went over there for a little while. Our other 2 friends who went with us to the beach went out to eat on their own.
Sat.: Weather started out OK, but got crappy and cold throughout the day. A third friend and his new boyfriend had arrived into town late Friday night, and they came over to the house and we all sat around and socialized all afternoon (watched the inauguration too. How special). Everybody left and went back to their respective places in the late afternoon. I then went and got my hair cut. Later on we all met at our friend's motel at about 7 for drinks, and then went out for dinner. I was coming down with something, so I didn't drink. John and one of our other friends also didn't drink, but the other 3 did. So we watched these 3 60-year-old, very successful gay guys (1 doctor, 1 multi-millionaire business owner, and 1 former priest/musician) get shitfaced and act like 20-year-olds (including the two new lovebirds who couldn't stop saying shit like "I intend to spend the rest of my life with you" except they were slurring their words because they were drunk so it was more like "I intend to thpend the retht of my life with yooo.") Totally hilarious.
Sun: Cool but sunny. John and I layed out in the sun by the pool a little while, and then did some yard/house work. Everybody came over about 6:30 and we did dinner at the house. Nice evening. Everybody left at 10:30 and we were in bed by 11:00.
Today: Was on the 8:50 a.m. out of FLL. Flight was completely full. Left the gate 5 min early. Got to STL 20 min early. Flight to MSP was also early. Smooth flights/connections. Great service. Talked to the F/A in TWFirst at length. She says the pilots are extremely happy, and morale in general is quite high. Everybody is now just hoping for the best regarding seniority. I took the safety cards from the DC9 to add to the 717 and MD80 cards I took on the way down
So, back to the real world now. Fighting off a chest cold. Enjoyed reading all the posts that occurred in Vol. III while I was gone. You guys fail to disappoint
Later Ev, Charles, Donna, Lindy, Lulu, Fan-o-tri's, et. al.!
An unexamined life isn't worth living.