Sunday, March 18, 2007

If You Seek A Pleasant Peninsula (or some exotic jerky), Look About You

So. I'm back from Michigan. Actually, I've been back from Michigan. I've just been busy working and drinking and petting my cat, who was beside herself with loneliness by the time I returned late Tuesday night.

My trip to Michigan was great. Even the airplane part wasn't so bad. I hate to fly and I'm a nervous wreck every time I have to get on a plane. I worry that even though I've purchased a ticket, some computer glitch will prevent me from being allowed on the plane. I worry that I'll miss my flight. I worry that the plane will crash. I worry that even if the plane doesn't crash, they'll lose my luggage. In short, I'm not good with flying.

So I sort of freaked out after it took me 30 minutes just to check in for my departing flight and I noticed as I was rushing to the gate that I hadn't been assigned a seat on the plane. And when I say sort of I mean totally. Unfortunately, there was only one gate agent at the gate and he was boarding the plane. I waited until everyone had boarded, thinking, "Ohmygod I'm not gonna be allowed on the plane! I'm gonna miss my flight!" and then I approached the gate agent and said frantically, "I don't have a seat!" He glanced at my boarding pass and smiled at me. Smiled! Then he handed me a new boarding pass and chirped, "You're flying first class today." Jesus! Could they not have mentioned this during the 30 minutes they spent checking me in?!

First class was nice though. Right up until the end of the flight when the captain announced that all the luggage that was supposed to have been put on our plane had accidentally been put on a plane to DC. "Ohmygod, they lost my luggage," I panicked. But when I got to Michigan, there was my bag in baggage claim, just as it should have been. The travel gods must have been smiling upon me.

And where they left off the weather gods took over. Michigan was unseasonably warm and therefore extremely pleasant. It was sunny and in the upper 40s/lower 50s for most of the time I was there, so those snow boots I bitched about? Totally unnecessary.

Oh, and did I mention my super-dreamy boyfriend?
Chris and I had a great time. We drove around checking out cute little towns, we had dinner with his aunt and uncle, we walked along the shores of several different lakes, we did the daily crossword together and yelled at FOX "News" together, we checked out places Hemingway used to frequent, AND Chris let me go in THREE different bookstores without even rushing me out of them. Also we sat around in our pajamas and made out a lot.

I could get used to that. Although I draw the line at elk jerky.

21 comments:

Valerie said...

Glad to hear you had a great time.

First Class? Did you get slippers and a hot fudge sundae, with fudge on the botom?

Unclejbird said...

Michigan has one of the weaker state mottoes.

Of course, that one's not as ripe for misinterpretation and abuse as "Sic Semper Tyrannis."

Anon. Blogger said...

Sounds like the trip was great.

I'm a big fan of sitting around in P.J.'s.

Elk jerky, not so much!

Glad you're back to posting! Missed you.

RandyLuvsPaiste said...

Well, you forgot to talk about The Assman!

Graffiti said...

That is a lot of different types of Jerky!!.
I suppose in Australia we would have kangaroo, wombat and Koala.

Graffiti

Megan said...

Valerie - Neither slippers nor sundaes, but it was a small plane so probably not your typical first class experience.

JBird - Michigan's state motto is a lot NICER than ours, but yeah, it hardly qualifies as a motto.

AB - Thanks!

Randy - The Assman is an adorable and very sweet kitty. Who needs a new name.

Graffiti - Welcome! I think I'll pass on all varieties of jerky.

Phil said...

Glad you had a good time.

Flannery Alden said...

Sounds fabulous! Welcome back.

vikkitikkitavi said...

Nice to know the blogger romance proceeds apace!

BTW, it's a good thing you didn't get bumped to first class on a British airline, because that's where they like to store the dead bodies.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/pages/live/articles/news/news.html?
in_article_id=420484&in_page_id=1770

Frank Sirmarco said...

If Chris didn't eat a frozen pizza or a chicken sandwich with barbeque sauce while you were there, he's not showing you the real Chris...

gizmorox said...

Three whole bookstores? What a guy! :)

genn6 said...

glad to hear you had a good timeand that the weather catered to you...I'm very much a carnivore but i'd have to pass on the elk jerky, too...

Grant Miller said...

Anything more about this making out?

Amy said...

Glad you're back!

1st class?? I've never been so lucky. So happy to hear your luggage made it, too :)

And, you can never go wrong with making out and bookstores.. and walks around lakes.. aaahhh :)

Dave said...

Making out is THE. BEST.

Big Orange said...

in your list re: reasons for not getting on an airplane you forgot to mention 'finding out I've been accidently put on the Do Not Fly List." This has happend-- in reality!-- to a handful of 10 month old babies who were NOT permitted to see Gramma at Christmas.

An' here you're a helluva lot older.

Coaster Punchman said...

Chris doesn't seem like the kind of guy who would dislike bookstores. But then again I've never met him. Even so, I wouldn't knock the elk jerky until you've tried it. Which I have not. Although I have had elk carpaccio.

Ok, done.

Chris said...

For the record, I love hanging out in bookstores, so my arm did not need to be twisted too hard. While we did not have frozen pizza, we did order it one night. Megan even suggested it. What a woman!

wonderturtle said...

Yay for mid-40s weather, bookstores, and making out! I'm very happy for you. :)

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