Mom said I should sell my packing list. I've done this so many times
in the past few years that it's almost a no-brainer. That's probably
why I'm starting this trip without a watch. We left from Lexington
this morning at 7:40 a.m. I took my first swerving trip through
parts of New York City in a chartered minivan from one airport to
another. We spent a long time waiting at JFK airport to be checked
in: a nine-hour layover, to be precise. However, this afforded us
a good deal of time to get to know one another better, to goof off,
to play cards (betting ridiculous amounts of imaginary money), and
a little more about the marvelous places to which we are embarking.
seems to have worked against us all day. At JFK in particular, our
flight was the only one where every person had everything searched,
their bodies "wanded", and their shoes swabbed for explosives.
With flights running late out of Cincinnati due to a false security
alarm, we were very nearly short a few members when the final boarding
call went out. But thankfully, we are all on board and headed for