|Me at the Georgetown, Delaware airport which DOES NOT HAVE FLIGHTS TO PHILLY OR BALTIMORE - only play acting at our little local airport - maybe someday they'll get with it and realize there is a market down here for flights OUT|
Well folks, I did it! I purchased my round trip plane tickets from Philadelphia International airport to Buffalo, New York this morning. Total cost just under $300. That's a bargain compared to the over $700 round trip if I was to buy tickets for a non-stop flight to Toronto.
Now to the luggage I'm taking with me. In my last blog post I received some excellent advice. Information that I didn't know about. I am most concerned about my special shampoo, a tar based shampoo for my seborrheic psoriasis scalp condition. I've had this condition since I was a teenager and only a 2% tar based shampoo used daily keeps this condition under control. This is a must for me if I'm traveling. I cannot do without it or else I will be tortured with an itchy and flaky scalp which I haven't had for years. I don't want to go back there. I was going to order my MG-217 ahead but Pat had a good suggestion, just buy it at a drugstore in Buffalo and take it over the border. Thanks Pat!
I've decided to go minimalist (per Pat's suggestion) and only take one carry on luggage which meets the size requirements stated (40 lbs and up to 45 inches - 14x 9 x 22 inches). In that I will have one pair of short pants (I'll wear long pants for the flight), and several shirts, a couple of polo type pullovers, and a five day supply of underwear and a light, nylon jacket for chilly nights. I'm not going to take any bathroom accessories, Pat will have those for me at is place in Tornonto (razor, shaving cream, toothpaste). I will take my own tooth brush and medications. I have to tell you folks, I'm really freaked out and angry about all the restrictions about what you can and can't take by air travel these days. Before 9/11 I traveled often by air and one time traveling to Provincetown I literally took the kitchen sink.
|Me in Provincetown July 1978 - when I took clothes for EVERY occasion and frying pans|
Well, not literally but I did take a mini frying pan for my apartment for those times I would cook in (I never did by the way). These days it seems as if it's almost a miracle (an over exaggeration but I'm making a point here) if one can travel without too much harassment. And to what end? To me most of this is all security theater anyway. But we do it and must comply. And I will.
I have also decided to take my laptop which will be my "personal bag". I practically live by my computer, iPhone and iPad. I decided not to take my big SLR camera. However, I will take my Flip video camera and, of course my iPhone camera to capture those special moments.
I'm starting to get butterflies in my stomach folks. The Big Adventure is coming!
By the way, here's a question for you seasoned travelers. I paid for my tickets online this morning and printed out the sheet which looks like tickets. Do I use those tickets when I board or do I get other more official looking tickets when I check in at the airport?
|My return trip plane awaits me at the San Francisco International airport May 17, 1975|
My one and only trip to the west coast in my life - I left on a Friday and returned on a Sunday - don't ask why