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"She could never be a saint, but she thought she could be a martyr if they killed her quick." --Flannery O' Connor

Friday, February 17, 2006


Only a few more hours before we head to Tahoe!

Arrived in San Jose late last night, thanks to a flight that got delayed an hour and a half. And by the way, Frogg's Travel Tip #45: if you can possibly avoid it, don't get stranded at Burbank Airport. There is absolutely nothing to do there, not even a good bookstore. There are maybe three places to eat--one of which is strangely called Chezzburgers. What IS a chezz, I wonder? Then there are two snack/magazine shops. That's about it.

(Odd bit of frogg trivia--when the OJ Simpson verdict was given, I was actually watching it at Burbank Airport.)

On top of the delayed flight, there were tons of people in suits lining up to be on my plane. Which isn't weird in itself, but they obviously all knew each other, like they had been to some convention or something. I found out later that some company had had a big meeting at Universal Studios, and had flown down representatives from their NoCal location. And now all these people were (of course) on my flight. (And I thought I had cleverly avoided a crowded plane by booking a late Thursday night flight! Ha.) Moreover, they'd been drinking (which turned out to not be a huge surprise, seeing that their company is a big liquor distributor). And some of them were rude, like the (drunk) guy who pushed in front of me during Southwest's horrible cattle-call-style boarding process, and didn't even look at me or apologize. Oh, and he stepped on my toe, too.

I did not feel congenial toward him at all.

I should also mention that a man in overalls tried to get my phone number so that eventually he could solicit my help in writing documentaries about the homeless and the oppressed and so on, to show the truth to "the people." He was a little unclear on who "the people" were, but he was bound and determined to show them the truth. Not that he has actually written any documentaries, yet. That's what he needs ME for. Because he's not a good writer. And he was sorry he didn't have a card, but if I had one, he could get in touch with me and then (presumably) we could change the world.

I hope you will not be surprised that I did not give him my card.

Later on the flight, I had the chance to hear another drunk guy talking it up to the flight attendant, whose name was Brian. I know this because the drunk guy would yell it out from time to time. "Let me tell you something, Brian." "You know what, Brian?" "Brian, what do you think of my tie?" "No one likes me, Brian." I give Brian a lot of credit, because he did not, in fact, laugh uncontrollably in the guy's face, which I might have done. I was definitely laughing behind his back.

Well, there's one thing about traveling--do it often enough, and you are bound to collect some interesting stories.

But anyway, I made it to NoCal finally, and now I am rarin' to hit the slopes. This will be my first (and possibly only) chance to ride this season, so I have great hopes for an epic weekend. I may even try to take some pics for you, so stay tuned!


  • At 10:48 AM , Blogger grackyfrogg said...

    to the faraway suburbanite whose comment i accidentally deleted when i deleted a duplicate copy of this post (gah, technical difficulties!), i just wanted to say thanks for stopping by, and i'll see what i can do about getting some nice pics of tahoe (which is truly gorgeous) for you.

    thanks again!

  • At 12:30 PM , Anonymous becca said...

    Since when did we become NoCal, as if we were no part of california at all? Or maybe you're just referring to our obsession with health food.

    And yay for you being up here! I can see now I need to start answering my phone more often! :) Any chance of a visit once you get back from the slopes?

    And... have an AWESOME time!!

  • At 12:50 PM , Blogger BeautiPhil said...

    Don't be ashamed becca! NoCal is the only part of California we North Westerners accept! While you are not an official part of Cascadia we are working to remedy that.

    So don't take that smack from SoCal! NoCal is a good name because it shows you don't want to be part of the whole Californian image, come join us in Cascadia! We respect your health food habits here! SoCal? SoWhatCal!


  • At 10:03 PM , Anonymous becca said...

    beautiphil... that's awesome. :)

    I'm still a bit jaw-agaped at the whole national flag and stamp thing, and am not sure I completely understand what cascadia is, but it's very impressive! ;)

  • At 9:52 PM , Blogger squawpeak said...

    Hitting the slopes sounds like a great way to spend a few days. Hope you enjoy. Thanks for visiting my blog & commenting on the Narnia post.

  • At 5:44 AM , Blogger usarottweiler said...

    Didn't give him your card! How rude.

    I sometimes meet interesting people flying (on airplanes) but more often I find the entire experience appalling. “Execs” with their phones duct taped to the side of their heads making those clever multi-million dollar international deals (just for your benefit). How exciting.
    Cowboy Casanova’s who think they invented it. New boobies, who also think they invented it, are annoying as well.

    Last but not least, as you mentioned, SWA (Moo-oo) boarding.
    Oh, yeah, let’s not forget the aisle clots tying to figure out how to jam their VW sized bag into the overhead.

    Sorry I’m cranky, but just the thought of the rude, mindless bores that seem to be outnumbering nice, polite, intelligent people like you and I, works me up.


    P.S. Squawpeak has a new post @ RA?

  • At 3:13 PM , Blogger joci said...

    Are we going to hear about Tahoe?

    Don't leave me hanging.

    hope to see you soon.

  • At 3:37 PM , Blogger grackyfrogg said...

    joci! how can i refuse you??

    coming up...adventures on the north side! but first, i have to write an article about a 58-year-old muscle man from my hometown.

    i love writing for a local paper.

    hey i hope you have settled in to the new digs...will be good to hang out sometime soon!


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