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on Friday, 24 December 2010 in Uncategorized

It is Friday. Christmas Eve. On Tuesday we were in the Zurich Airport, which was thronged with stranded travelers unable to get to their destinations because of weather that caused cancelled fligths and airport closings all over Europe.  Tuesday night, when we should hve been home in Cambridge, we were in a Zurich Airport hotel, using toothbrushes provided by Swiss International Airlines. We had been told that they could get us to Boston on Christmas Eve, 3 days later. Sigh. New toothbrushes are great but 4-day-old underwear sucks, to put it bluntly.

But by Wednesday night, magically and fortuitously, Swiss International had gotten us to Chicago. Not where we had been heading, but still: USA.

And Thursday morning we woke up in Cambridge, MA, able to complete all our errands here and hit the road today for Maine.

No idea where our luggage is. But we are safe and sound and ready for Christmas. The dog is retrieved from his kennel, where luckily they don't charge double for overtime. The car is loaded wiht food and gifts. Step-grandson Bailey is here overnight en route from college in NY to his parents on Marthas Vineyard this morning. We're picking up stepson Andy soon, and then going to New Hampshire to exchange Christmas gifts with daughter Kristin.  Then to Maine, where December 26th Ben, Lori, and grandsons Grey and Rhys will join us and we'll watch the Pats game together.  Anyone who doesn't want to watch will have to sit outside in a snowbank.

Snow predicted, both Maine and Massachusetts, Sunday and Monday. On Tuesday we'll head back here and sometime during that week I think we'll have to go to Logan Airport and try to find a human to talk to about our lost luggage, since only a recording answers the phone. The recording (Swiss International Baggage) has a very nice voice, a wanting-to-be-helpful voice, asking me to leave my number and a short message. But I have left many short messages now, along wiht my number, and I think the person with the nice voice is probably sick of the whole luggage mess and has gone off to ski in the Alps.

Swiss-alps

Ski

and while I wish him well, and I like Swiss chocolates and am glad the Von Trapps made it over the mountains and all that....still: as I said once in The Willougbys:  IT MAKES ME VANT TO WOMIT.

 

 

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ojimenez Monday, 29 November 1999

Hope you're feeling better.
I like snow.. "aber zu viel ist zu viel!" as the Germans might say. Don't think my back is going to survive another storm.
Watching daytime TV at home seems....unnatural.
An occupational hazard of mine is having TV's in the newsroom 24/7. Occasionally someone accidentally clicks off the news and, invariably, some Jerry-springer-like show is on... chairs flying, people screaming, women fighting..... Just Nasty!
A good antidote for morning TV is Netflix, Instant watch, and a nice kettle of tea, with real honey. I recently spent some time off my feet and watched a very cool drama: "City of your final Destination" with Laura Linney and Anthony Hopkins, and "84 Cherring Cross Rd" also with Hopkins, a delightful 'love story of sorts." Don't think I'd be writing this now had I had to endure Ophra, Mormons, the Amish or George Will....
Not that there's anything wrong with Them!
Cheers!

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Debra Smith Monday, 29 November 1999

I am laughing out loud, not because you are ill, of course, but because every thought you had, I share. I love electricity! Yes, Oprah loves to shout loudly and lord her life upon all of us! Why would anyone want to have many many many children in one house is beyond my understanding?!

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Kristi Monday, 29 November 1999

I hope you're back to your non-daytime-television-watching self soon. :)

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T. Crockett Monday, 29 November 1999

That last line is just perfect! Thanks for the smile.

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Juliana Rowland Monday, 29 November 1999

Too funny! I knew there was a reason we let our cable service go. :-)

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Pat Wooldridge Monday, 29 November 1999

After reading this February post (re: Opray and daytime tv), it is only right that I start this way:
Dear Lois, You and Debra Smith are persons after my own heart.Oprah surely does love to shout and she does throw her life at us. It doesn't just seem that way because we have a bad headache, assuming we had it BEFORE we began watching; how happy I am not to have and never to want, cable.:-)) You're both so right about daytime tv in general.I completely enjoyed all of the comments for this post.

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Pat Wooldridge Monday, 29 November 1999

One more thing: The NE Patriots are the team I do my best to watch all season, as I like to see a team that uses more strategy and thinking ability than brute force. So I DO see some daytime tv.

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