Happy Saturday! I am at the airport waiting for the sun to come up, fun times!
Forget movie news, I just want to chat about my adventurous youthful life!
As usual, I was mildly stressed and worried about this trip until I hit that 12 hours before leaving window and suddenly it was all locking in to place and I could stop worrying about things not working out because they were happening. I was also stressed because, with the dawn flight, I decided to go totally caffeine free yesterday which is HORRIBLE.
Anyway, got last minute groceries, finished packing, then dropped Albie Dog off with the nice people who are dogsitting him (3 daughters under 12, he’s gonna be in heaven), came home and did my big shower/hair wash, ran the dishwasher, took out the trash, reserved a cab for 4:15am, laid out my clothes for the next day, and went to bed promptly at 7:30pm, setting my phone for 4am.
Because my internal body clock is freakishly efficient, my eyes popped open at 3:30am. Gave up and got up, and then debated whether I should make coffee at home or not since I had extra time. Finally decided to do it and started the percelator, just as I got a message that my cab was on the way. Stood there in my coat and holding my bag watching the percolator, finally finished and guzzled my coffee then ran down to the cab.
Which turned out good because it was a perfect ice breaker! I got a nice cab driver (I mean, all cab drivers are nice, but this one was extra nice) and I apologized for making him wait and explained I was trying to finish my coffee, he apologized to me and was all ready to drive through Dunkin’ on the way and buy me coffee, this turned into a general discussion of early flights versus later, airport coffee prices, and so on and so forth. Lovely 20 minute drive to the airport (normally a 40 minute drive, but there’s no traffic at 4am!) with pleasant conversation, then I got here and just breezed through check-in and security, and now I am sitting at my gate writing this and testing out my new noise canceling headphones. Which are so-so for noise canceling (I don’t care about airplane white noise, I want cancellation for the random laughter and conversations around me), but very good sound quality.
As of yesterday when everything started coming together last minute, the plan is that I will land in New York and then take a “ride share” (for the first time in my LIFE! New York is so exotic. And I’m a little nervous, because I love my cab drivers and I don’t know about these weird ride share drivers) over to my cousin’s apartment, because turns out she lives near the airport and is free on Saturday morning, both of which I did not know until yesterday afternoon. Hang out with her for a little bit, then head to Jersey to meet up with Jersey people for snack, chat, movie, dinner. Then talk to my New York people and firm up Sunday plans, and go to bed very very early. Because, woke up at 3:30am.
Loads for you all to unpack here and talk about while I travel, like, what is your preferred airport timing? Do you also like dawn flights for low traffic and easy security lines?
Do you also love cab drivers?
If I take a ride share, will I be kidnapped and/or murdered?
If I wear my 30 year old $7 thrift store wool coat in New York, will I be cool or dowdy? And does that matter, if I know for sure I will be warm?
Do I need to listen to this song on repeat the entire time I am riding New York public transit, just for luck?