You’re So Sweet …

ATLANTA TO AMSTERDAM

Though she is producing her magazine, Debi was good enough to take me to ATL, and David was good enough to ride along for good company. I meant to arrive at ATL 3 hours early for my international flight, but ended up losing an hour. Then I had to repack my two checked bags. I’m transporting textbooks, and they caused one suitcase to tip the scales at 64 pounds. I took out 12 books, and traded for some shirts in my second suitcase. Voila! They both came in at 49 pounds on the first try! Still, it knocked 10 minutes off an already crowded schedule. Not to worry – I breezed through check-in and security faster than George Clooney in Up in the Air.

I made the flight over seated next to Tom and Robin, from Baton Rouge. They are retired and traveling to Italy, where Tom is from. They both grew up Catholic, but now are Episcopalian. And beside our faith, we discovered another commonality – firstborn sons named Ben! Tom taught German for many years at LSU. Being a linguist, he was interested to learn the name Benjamin means “son of my right hand.” A delightful trip.

I watched two movies, The Beguiled and My Cousin Rachel. I would give neither of them better than a “C.” And I listened to some Neil Diamond songs I’d never heard before (and I thought I’d heard them all). My favorite title (though the song didn’t live up to his normal standard of brilliance): “You’re So Sweet, Horseflies Keep Hangin’ Round Your Face.” True story. Look it up!

3 hour layover in Amsterdam, then it’s off to Nairobi!

gkr1996 posted at 2017-10-10 Category: Kenya 2017