Friday, May 12, 2006

Homeward Bound

I'm back home, finally. My colleague and I finished up at our last site early and headed to the airport to catch an earlier flight home. She lives in Atlanta and apparently there's a flight from Florida to Atlanta every 20 seconds. Unfortunately the flight I was originally booked on was the earliest one which meant I had 2 hours to kill. Well, 2 hours turned to 3.5 thanks to high wind advisory in Chicago. And I don't want a word from East Coast bloggers about how windy their city is. ; )

The wonderful thing about Fort Lauderdale International Airport is the free wireless internet at all terminals. People watching at an airport cafe with free internet is so fantastic that it's probably outlawed in some countries. The hours flew by while I got some work down, cruised blogs and chatted with friends. The man in the business suit next to me moved his chair at such an odd angle, it made it apparent that he wasn't doing work (unless he was with the FBI or something classified). The way he kept looking up with eyes darting in all directions only proved that he was partaking in some afternoon internet porn. You must be pretty addicted (or desperate) if you can't wait until you're back in the privacy of your own home to look at that. I almost dry-heaved when he suddenly packed up his stuff and headed for the bathroom. Thankfully he wasn't on my flight. I also noticed that there's a look that the young women of Florida are trying to achieve. Somewhere between Jessica Simpson and an orange. Ladies, the sun is our friend. It gives us light and helps grow our food and even affects our mood. However, the fact that you are using the big fire-ball in the sky as your personal microwave is disturbing. The more you tan, the more you peel and the more you peel the more your skin starts to resemble leather. And the thick, orange skin only highlights your newly bleached teeth in a negative way. No ones teeth is naturally THAT white. I will say that the quality of plastic surgery in Florida competes only with California. Most of the breast enhancements looked very natural without being too over-the-top. Unfortunately my flight attendant was the exception. From far away she looked like she was in her late 20's. However upon closer inspection the years of tanning and peroxide blondeness of her hair (the color matched her teeth) made her look 40+. Also, her breast "enhancement" made her look like she was carrying around her own flotation devices.

By the time I got to Chicago it was 10pm and all I could think about was getting home, getting out of my stylish but uncomfortable-after-14-hours strappy shoes and snuggling off to sleep next to D. Unfortunately the delays made O'Hare Airport packed and I had to wait 30 minutes just to get a taxi home. This morning I felt like I was hit by a bus but I don't care. I'm home.


Blogger Sunrayz says...

Ohhhh...I know what you mean by that, 'I 'm home' feeling after travelling :) Have a nice weekend Mint!

Sat May 13, 05:34:00 AM CDT  
Blogger suemamma says...

i like that 'flotation devices'. What a need!! :-D

Sat May 13, 06:06:00 AM CDT  
Blogger D says...

all i can think of after reading your post is - orange faces :)
a very happy mothers day to you mint. hope its fun... and hope you get to indulge yourself.

Sat May 13, 09:10:00 AM CDT  
Blogger Grafxgurl says...

welcome back!
yeah...i see a lot of orange too here...from the backpackers that come with their luggage packed with swimwear..AND ONLY that!...also Thai girls love blonde hair for some reason... and it looks dreadful!

Sat May 13, 11:28:00 AM CDT  
Blogger Prerona says...

almost any shoes would be uncomfortable after that long!

reminds me of the painfully long usa to india and back trips

Sun May 14, 06:58:00 AM CDT  
Blogger Jay says...

If a man in a business suit surfing for porn next to me suddenly got up and went to the toilet... well, I'd find it very hard not to follow.

And I'd love to have over-white teeth.

Sun May 14, 03:16:00 PM CDT  
Blogger AB says...

That feeling of returning to the haven called home even from a nice trip is so special. And I usually come back with renewed love for my bed and loo.

Mon May 15, 02:17:00 AM CDT  
Anonymous wolveriness says...

Hi there i like your honesty...this blog is kewl :)...have a nice day :)

Mon May 15, 05:35:00 AM CDT  
Blogger Tartrazina says...

10 POINTS to...own floatation devices!!!! fun to be back here Mint! welcome! welcome!

Mon May 15, 08:54:00 AM CDT  
Blogger GettingThere says...

Hi Mint. Hope you had a good Mother's Day. "Own Floating devices" brought pictures to mind mind and if I could, I would be rolling on the floor, laughing :D Orange faces, white smiles - another laugh.

Mon May 15, 12:29:00 PM CDT  


Mon May 15, 12:33:00 PM CDT  
Blogger Bananarana says...

I want floatation devices too dammit!!! Especially since I can't swim... no other reason.. heh.
A very happy mothers' day to you Mint. :)

Tue May 16, 07:02:00 AM CDT  
Blogger the wannabe indian punkster says...

atleast you have people tanning themselves under the sun in Florida.

In Michigan, its the attack of the deep-orange-fake-tanners...I tell you.

Tue May 16, 01:00:00 PM CDT  
Blogger Sue says...

I know the "I'm back home" feeling. These days, I get it every evening. :-)

Wed May 17, 04:27:00 AM CDT  
Anonymous Grafx says...

MINTY!!! EMAIL ME what you want.. what colors. what colors you DONT want.. blah blah... and if you want this same layout etc etc.

Wed May 17, 10:33:00 AM CDT  
Blogger Beks says...

ooh is there going to be a change of layout? sounds like fun:)

Thu May 18, 11:56:00 AM CDT  
Blogger Madame Mahima says...

DENNY DIES?!!?!?!?!?!!?!?!?!?!??!?!?!
oh my god..i loved denny.
(sorry minty i stopped reading the post after i read about denny..)

im hardly the mushy sort myself but grey's anatomy made me cry was the bomb/christina ricci episode

Sun May 21, 09:41:00 AM CDT  

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