Wednesday, September 19, 2007

The Drama Queens

Drama Queen number one: Nothing so serious, really; a computer virus that wiped a hard drive; an issue of first impression for the Thai Ministry of Labor Office, Phrae; the usual VISA issues; finals; travel. The usual stuff.

Drama Queen number two: Our pilot on the second leg of my trip to L.A. Captain Roger Aignsworthy (sp), who one hour or so before our landing in Taipei made the following announcement in the hopes of creating a heroic persona for himself: "We are beginning our approach to the Taipei airport. There is a typhoon in the area and heavy turbulence is expected. We will proceed with the landing only as far as it is safe to do so. I will make one attempt to land and if conditions do not allow a landing I will divert the aircraft to Hong Kong." I had checked the weather and it looked like the typhoon would be about one thousand miles to the east at the time of our landing. Sure enough, the landing was as smooth as a baby's ass.

Thursday, September 6, 2007

Oh, My Trials Lord

I'm quite sure that you all miss me, both of you. I miss you too. I'm clawing my way out of two or three hells at once. I'll be in touch.