A Travellerspoint blog


So today started out wonderful. I was able to find my way back to and around Eglin AFB and avoided the nasty Bitch from yesterday. This made me pretty happy! I walked out with my flight confirmation in hand. I will be leaving on December 1st.

I have a mere 18 more days in the US. It’s very exciting and at the same time a little bit daunting. I know that I will miss everyone while I’m gone. I can’t decide if this trip is going to make it easier or more difficult to be away from everyone. I am, however glad that I have made it, be it what it may…

The drive has been pretty good so far with only a couple of minor instances. The first was being nearly run off the road by some trucker that either thought he needed both lanes or was falling asleep. I really don’t know which but I think that I saw my life flash before my eyes…

The other instance should include the headline: “crazy-lady-with-lit-cigarette-at-gas-pump” Kills 80. Seriously…now I know why you Oregon has decided that you are not allowed to pump your own gas. People this stupid really DO exist!!

I was minding my own business having just finished walking Aco. She was happily eating in the back seat on the floor. I was nearly done scraping the bug guts off of the drivers side window when a car pulled up at the pump beside me. A woman steps out of the car and lights a cigarette. “shit” I’m thinking….’’get that thing away from the pumps!” She starts walking away from the pumps (I thought) and ends up walking to the next row of gas pumps. Another car has pulled up there with her friends/traveling companions in it. I still am thinking to myself that she is going to walk away….

NO!! She ends up standing there within a hairs breadth of distance from the fumes wafting up from the ‘friend’ pumping gas and CONTINUES TO SMOKE!! Not only smoking but waving her hand (with LIT cigarette) around in the air for dramatic emphasis and chatting with her friend!!!

WTF !?!? The station is pretty full with most of the 12 or so pumps with people actively using them….I don’t waste any time and hop in the vehicle and speed off, passenger side window with bug guts still intact. I watch in my rearview mirror as I depart thinking that any time I will see a big orange ball of fire erupt behind me…

I didn’t….

So, maybe we should take Oregon’s lead and hire people to pump our gas. Not only in Oregon, but across the country. Think of the amount of jobs that would create. I know in my small hometown there are at least 8 gas stations and if you multiply that by three shifts/day it would create at least 24 jobs. Some stations might want to employ more than one person at times (due to amount of customers) and that would result in even more jobs. Just think of the number of jobs that would be created nationwide if we were to employ this strategy! It’s staggering…and we could avoid the fear of being blown up by the “crazy-lady-with-lit-cigarette-at-gas-pump” kinda people!!

Just a thought….

I am currently sitting on the South-side of Nashville as I write this. It’s near the end of rush hour so I decided to take a break and get a bite to eat. Hopefully, when I am finished the Interstate will be clear of traffic which should make my remaining ~200 miles much easier. I have decided to continue on to Louisville tonight. I have made great time today and am feeling great.

I missed a couple of hopeful stops here at the end of my trip but all is not lost. It was a timing issue and although I didn’t get to re-connect in person, I was able to talk to both on the phone today. Better than nothing, I guess.

Lisa is patiently waiting for me in Louisville and helping to keep me awake and un-distracted on the road.

I’ll update more as soon as I can….

Arrived in Louisville safe and sound. Visiting and enjoying a couple of days of down-time. I will be home on Tuesday and will update soon.

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An Update on Germany

I finally got my travel orders a couple of days ago via email. Today I went to the local Air Force Base to see about getting my flights arranged and my personal belongings shipped to Germany. I think I made about 2 dozen phone calls this morning trying to figure out exactly where I was supposed to be going. Jenni just laughed at me while I was grumbling after each failed phone call and a new number to try....

I made it to the first location on my quest and the staff were very helpful. It seems that I will not be able to arrange the shipment of my household goods from here because I would need to attend some sort of meeting that takes place on Wednesdays...If only I had known!!

At least I got the number to contact at Ft Knox so that I can take care of it there while I am visiting my Southern Indiana friends/family.

My second stop wasn't quite so friendly or productive...

I think I spoke to the most hateful bitch on the planet! She was snide and hateful in every statement/question/remark that she made to me during my brief 20 minute visit. This was at the transportation office. I couldn't get her to understand that I need to fly from Chicago and not somewhere local. I tried to explain that I was only here to visit friends and that I would be returning home (as listed on my travel orders) prior to leaving for Germany....uggghhhh!!

She gave me a form to fill out with all sorts of code shit on it that I had no idea how to complete. Every time I asked her a question, it was like I had told her that I wanted her to wipe my ass for me! Why she didn't just look at my travel orders and fill out the damn form for me; I will never know. It would have been twice as quick and I wouldn't have had to deal with her attitude or her deal with my lack of knowledge! btw...I told her on my arrival that I had NO CLUE what I was doing and that I was a NEW civilian employee; you would have thought that that would have been her first clue that I wouldn't know how to fill out the cryptic form...NOT!

By the time that I left the office I was pissed and near tears! I think that she is going to book my flight to Germany. She told me to come back in the morning and 'pick up your papers...and bring three copies of the travel orders'. Of course, she didn't offer to let me photocopy the orders there at the office where there is a huge copier right behind her well worn chair :o{ And she didn't keep a copy of my travel orders so I am a little concerned as to where and when she is going to send me on the flight....Who knows where I might end up with this bit@H working on it!

Tomorrow will tell.....

I am taking a deep breath and hoping for the best ;o[

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Evaded Ida!

HA! I knew I could trick the bitch! I had posted all along that I was going to Destin when in fact, I was headed to Ft Walton. By the time that I arrived in Florida; Ida was long gone and had no idea that I was here....guess the change in hair color worked!

The weather was wonderful for my visit. It was great seeing Jennie and the boys again. It's been way too long....


Jenni and I spent the day shopping and messing around town (after my visit to Eglin AFB: more on this in another post). We had a bay-side lunch at Scully's.


For dinner, Jenni fixed a great home-cooked meal of BBQ Ribs, mac n' cheese and baked beans!! I just love it when people cook for me...


Headed North tomorrow....should be home early next week! I miss the family and am looking forward to spending Turkey Day surrounded by family for once in a very long time.

Aco is worn out....

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All about the Food (in NOLA)

Yes, Believe it or not the NOLA trip was all about the food. I got to have some of my old favorites: Bloody Mary, Gumbo, Muffalatta, Port of Call, and Cafe' Du Monde...


I also got to try out some new places. Some fabulous fish taco's at Baru and Pizza at Angeli's!!

Aaron and I had a good time hanging out even though Ida put a damper on the crowd. I don't think that I have ever seen Bourbon Street as quiet as it was on Monday night. Even on Ash Wednesday, there were more people on the streets (even when all the bars were closed).

Aaron got to eat at Cafe' Du Monde for the first time and attempted to STEAL my portion of beignets!


After some difficulties; I was able to meet up with Stephanie right before I left town. Got to finally meet Nate!! He is such a cutie ;o) A little spoiled; but aren't they all? He is a total FLIRT too. I can only imagine what he will be like when I get back in two years!


I hit the road to Destin/Ft Walton Beach on a beautiful sunny day....great drive!

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