Getting there, the last leg

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Why is it that our flight connection always seem to depart on the OTHER side of the airport from where we had landed?

We only had an hour layover at the airport in Phoenix, so we walked at a brisk pace. There was dire need for a caffeine fix, but a window display of beautiful wares created by local artists drew us into a store. We resisted the temptation of buying anything and quickly resumed our trek through the rest of the airport.

When we finally got to the gate, I fell into a chair while the boy ran to find the nearest coffee shop. I kept one eye on our carry-on luggage and another on a television tuned to CNN Headline News. Their story du jour was about Natalee Holloway, the high school grad who's been missing in Aruba for over a month now. At the time, the story was still new, and most of the people around me were watching the screen as well.

A beautiful redheaded girl (I always consider them to be freaks of nature, even though every single redhead in my life - including my mom - is beautiful. It's difficult for me, though, to see them in person, because it reminds me of all I should've been, if only my parents hadn't run out of the good genes to hand out. They spent it all on my three older sisters, you see) sat down near me and started talking soothingly to her carry-on luggage. But before I could silently gloat over the fact that she was clearly a bit insane and therefore not all THAT perfect after all, I noticed that the piece of luggage was actually a pet cage. The prisoner of the cage was a beautiful black and white kitty who regarded me with mild curiousity through the bars of the cage.

Damn, so the redhead wasn't crazy! I decided to talk to her about her cat to see if there were any shortcomings.

No such luck. Not only is she gorgeous, but she is funny, charming, clever and generous (she offered me some of her chocolate!). During the course of the conversation, I found out that she and her incarcerated cat, Molly, had been in the process of moving from Chicago to Los Angeles to be with her fiance. The boy returned with my coffee and joined in the conversation. He later casually mentioned my blog to her and the other day she actually left me a comment!!! (Hi, Lauri and Molly! See? I've finally continued the story and I've mentioned you! (Therefore you are now famous... NOT!) And just so you know, part of this had already been written by the time you left a comment! (Yeah, even the parts of you being beautiful and clever and all that. Really.) Please stay in touch, okay? And please send my fondest regards to one of the best-travelled cats that I've ever met.)

The universe must've sensed that I've been feeling rather pet deprived lately, because on the plane, the woman who shared our row had a small cage by her feet which, I was later to find out, carried the cutest little dog. What is it with woman who live in California? It must be the agreeable climate or something, because they are all beautiful! She was friendly to boot and for the duration of the flight, she gave us helpful advice on things to see and do at our destination.

We talked so much that the time literally flew by. Before I knew it, we were descending. I glanced out the window, not expecting to see anything since night had already fallen a few hours before.

However, the view that I was met with beyond the small window almost took my breath away.

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kat said:

the last time i flew there was a woman at the gate with a cat in a baby carraige. no joke, in a baby carraige! it was hilarious. the woman, a strange lady, chirped on her cell phone the entire time. and i couldn't resist, i had to pet the adorable kitty in the baby carraige who was super-duper sweet. teehee. :-)

Red Dahling,
What did you do on your vacation ? You really know how to drag out a story.

kim said:

jeah, did anything happen on that trip when you were not in the air or at an airport? like in the places you went to see? which, i have to admit, i don't even know... have you mentioned them before?? maybe while i was gone? must have missed that if you did. or i forget, which happens.. [me = blond] so forgive me if that's the case.. ;o)

Lauri said:

You are way too generous with the compliments, red! It was my pleasure to meet you and the boy, since most of my conversation during the 8+ hour trip was with the kitty. I'm enjoying your blog and really hope that you are given something green soon! Redheads look EXCELLENT in green.

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  • Lauri : You are way too generous with the compliments, red! It was my pleasure to meet you and the boy, sin... [go]
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  • bookstorediva : Red Dahling, What did you do on your vacation ? You really know how to drag out a story.... [go]
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