We bade farewell to our condo at 6:45 Seattle Time. It was dark and drear outside.
We used the limousine service that we realized was only a few dollars more to take than the Airporter and much more comfortable. Our favorite driver is a very amusing Russian guy with that ironic sense of humor they have. However, this time we got The Silent One, the driver of few words. He looks faintly like Liberace but is stolid.
Anyway, as usual I refused to go through the blue X-ray box at security. I had a nice chat, though, with the TSA official. She was very friendly, and we had quite a discussion about how cold and lacking in sun Seattle is. She lived in Honolulu for a while and misses the beach life there. And we were even joking around. There are some advantages, I always think, to appearing as harmless as I do.
So far so good, eh? Well, about three hours into the flight we started rocking and rolling, and it went on for 45 terrifying minutes. I'm not exaggerating. I know terror when I feel it. The plane went up and down like an elevator. It shook and shimmied. And sometimes it went up and down and shook and shimmied all at once. It was like being on a rough Jeep trail. This has never before happened to me in all my years of flying.Maybe bumpiness going on for a few minutes, but not for 45 minutes!
I hope never again to have that kind of experience. I got this, "You were scared? Not me." reaction from Terry. Yeah, right.
Margaritas and Mexican food at Rueben's helped. It's been getting lousy reviews from spoiled Yuppie twits on Yelp, always the sign of a good restaurant. "The help did not tug their forelocks enough." "They charged extra for the chips and salsa." "The food had fat in it. Ugh!" Yes, they cook with (gasp) butter! And Sue's margaritas always knock me on my ear. Which was what I wanted at that moment! Sweet oblivion.
I do appreciate that not just Ruebens but downtown Hilo in general can shock a higher class of people. You may not have a guy in dreads playing the harp on the sidewalk in your town. But then again, maybe you do.
Today I have adrenaline poisoning. Ugh. But we had a good breakfast and are now going to pick up the cat from the boarding kennel.