This post comes to you from the Halifax, Nova Scotia airport. An airport which has the good sense to offer free wi-fi to passengers who are stuck in airline detention for extended periods of time.
Toby and I left Santa Barbara yesterday after a week of packing, selling cars and cleaning our house. In the past 3 days we scheduled painters, made multiple trips to the dump and learned that our dog has lyme disease. In other words, I was really looking forward to leaving town.
At this point I really need to thank to my brother, Peter and our friends Carole, Kathleen, Lorna, Morgan and Rachel. And a special shout out to the makers of Paxil, which probably prevented my wife Susan from being taken into custody.
So yesterday we literally made a mad dash through 6 lanes of bumper to bumper traffic to leave town. The 101 freeway had been a parking lot most of the day so we took back streets through town and stopped to say goodbye to my mom and the house I grew up in. I was doing pretty well up to that point.
We met the Santa Barbara Airbus and arrived at the Air Canada check-in at LAX with 5 minutes to spare. Toby and I went through security and caught our flight to Toronto. We sailed through customs this morning and made our connection to Halifax. Minutes after arriving here we learned that our flight to PEI was canceled. We were told the plane was broken. A bad rubber band for the propeller perhaps? In any event we were re-booked and here we sit until it's time to depart. So close and yet so far. We were offered ground transportation into Halifax for the day, but we are both too wiped out to enjoy it and I really don't want to miss the next chance to get home. Did I mention my cell phone is dead and the charger is still plugged into a wall in California?
Toby hasn't uttered even one word of complaint. He's just taking it in stride. And me? I thought I'd post a few words to you with this gift of spare time. Hmmm. And now I see that there is local beer on tap...