Saturday, September 20, 2008

I'm Off to los Estados Unidos de América en la Mañana


Well, I've been crashing since yesterday. However, the Lovely Mona and I attended the anniversary party of the Altar Guild today (the Lovely Mona was very clear about the fact that I would be there!), which was fun. Then I spent the afternoon folding my laundry and packing for my trip tomorrow. I will be attending a CREDO thang in North Carolina (somewhere outside of Asheville. Let's be honest. The only places in the U.S.A. in which I have an interest are Berkeley, San Francisco, Sonora, Fresno, and San José, California, Boston, and New York City.) My flight leaves at 7:30 a.m., which means I have to be at the airport at friggin' 5:30 a.m. Also, I'm traveling on Delta, which is hell, in my opinon. I'm a Copa/Continental airlines kinda guy. Continental treats you like a human being; well, until you enter the contintental U.S., where all airlines treat you like chattel. However, I will be having dinner in Asheville, N.C. with Jane R. of Acts of Hope, and I'm really looking forward to that. Yes, the Bank and Bird are traveling with me, as they expressed an interest in meeting another blogger, just as they did last year in Beautiful Berkeley, California. That Hospital Chaplain Blogger fella is gonna be there, too, and I'll try to talk him into a photo session with the toys. So, I'll be doing the CREDO thang and I'll be home in Panamá on Monday, Sept. 29, probably too late to post about St. Michael and All Angels, but, tuff stuff, kids.; Deal with it!
The Lovely Mona is in charge. Behave!!

10 comments:

FranIAm said...

I am insanely jealous. Insanely.
I want to meet Jane R.

And you!!

Safe travels.

Leonardo Ricardo said...

I hate it when you fly directly over me and don't dip your wing or anything...you behave yourself up there in God only knows where you think you'll be...our Centermost section of this Hemisphere knows when you're not around (that's when the brujas do their stuff)...hope to see you on the big screen soon!

I also love Continental and Copa...they are GOOD, comfortable and service like the olden days/daze.

Fred Schwartz said...

Here is some traveling music:

Thanks to Canned Heat:

Well I'm so tired of cryin' but I'm out on the road again - I'm on the road again.
Well I'm so tired of cryin' but I'm out on the road again - I'm on the road again.
I ain't got no woman just to call my special friend.

And I'm going to leave the city, got to go away.
I'm going to leave the city, got to go away.
All this fussing and fighting, man I sure can't stay.

You know the first time I travelled out in the rain and snow - in the rain and snow.
You know the first time I travelled out in the rain and snow - in the rain and snow.
I didn't have no fellow, not even no place to go.

And my dear mother left me when I was quite young - when I was quite young.
And my dear mother left me when I was quite young - when I was quite young.
She said "Lord have mercy on my wicked son."

--- Break ---

Take a hint from me mama please don't you cry no more - don't you cry no more.
Take a hint from me mama please don't you cry no more - don't you cry no more.
Cause it's soon one morning down the road I'm gone.

But I ain't going down that long and lonesome road - all by myself.
But I ain't going down that long and lonesome road - all by myself.
I can't carry you baby, gonna carry somebody else.

David |Dah • veed| said...

I'm traveling on Delta, which is hell, in my opinon. I'm a Copa/Continental airlines kinda guy.

If the wheels leave the ground, I do not do it! If I cannot get there by bus or train, I do not need to be there.

Vaya con Dios, Padrecito.

Wormwood's Doxy said...

Let's be honest. The only places in the U.S.A. in which I have an interest are Berkeley, San Francisco, Sonora, Fresno, and San José, California, Boston, and New York City.

Now come on, Padre! Don't knock us until you've tried us!

North Carolina is a beautiful state. I've been to almost every place on your list (Fresno? Fresno?!?!?), and I feel my adopted state can hold it's own with any of them.

Pax,
Doxy

Leonardo Ricardo said...

I had a little "Fresno" wince too (forgive me Holy Family) but in a earlier life I would sometimes go there to make a personal appearance at Gottchalks...everyone was lovely, professional but the town seemed suffocating to me...anyhow, each to his own, but give me SAN JOSE anyday and lunch at Original Joes...Spartans forever!

Jane R said...

Woo hoo! We're gonna see Padre Mickey! Well, editorial "we" -- Maya Pavlova prefers not to travel and is at home sleeping and playing with her kittie toys.

We gots a new toy for the theatricals. It has a Southern accent. Stay tuned. I have no idea where my camera is in the not yet unpacked boxes, but dat Panama priest is bringing' his, right?

Cheers,
Jane at an internet cafe in the boonies (about to go on a little hike -during which I will wave North up the Appalachian mountain range at Caminante- before driving to Asheville for dinner with el Padre)

P.S. My new landlady works for Continental (flight attendant).

Caminante said...

Funny, I don't mind Delta; the food is decent on the overseas flights and I haven't had trouble with service. I find Continental's food to be deplorable and on long flights with no layover time, that is tough. I liked COPA (who wouldn't when they bump you to first class?) but they lost my suitcase for three days. I will NOT fly US Air. They always look on the verge of organisational collapse in Burlington (not a big airport) and it was flying them back from LA three years ago, they snatched my suitcase at the gate and before I could retrieve my laptop from there it was gone. When the suitcase arrived three days later, the laptop was broken. I am also not keen to fly AA because they go through Miami which is a zoo. So who's left? Swiss Air, Air France, Southwest (because I have no expectations).

Padre, if you come to Vermont in summer, these days it feels just like Panamá so you'd feel right at home.

Jane R said...

El Padre has arrived in the EE.UU. safe and sound and we had a great dinner. I am now home becuzz I have to teach early in the a.m. so I drove several hours after the feast. Which meant El Padre, who was staying put, had to do most of the drinking for the evening, pobrecito.

Stay tuned, it may take a while (Padre is at the CREDO thang all week) but there will be fotos! ¡¡¡Shriek!!!

David |Dah • veed| said...

Yea, that is tough when you have to drink for two!

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