Let’s see if I actually get the post I plan to write today written and published. My post of yesterday MAR 5, 16 will enlighten you as to what I am talking about.
Don’t ask me why but I feel-the-need to write more about my flight from Hong Kong to Ulaanbaatar last Tuesday the 1st of March. Not that I haven’t already shown you more than a few photos thereof.
Rhetorical Question: How do you successfully go-back-in-time.
When I took Patti to the airport to fly back to Anchorage on February the 25th from Hong Kong / Kowloon the two of us did NOT walk with our baggage to the nearest Hong Kong Airport Express Bus pickup location.
To SAVE PATTI a lot of ‘wear-and-tear’ I opted to get a taxi. Little did I know then that a major change was about to take place in my exiting process to get out to Chek Lap Kok (Hong Kong ) International. The taxi SAVED ME a lot of ‘wear-and-tear’. Odd that in helping Patti I helped myself also. For a mere (on average) HKG $ 45 / US $ 5.81 life suddenly became much easier for me.
Fast .. No issues with waiting for the Airport Express Bus .. No risk the bus would be full and pass-me-by .. No ‘handling’ my luggage (getting it there and on and off the bus all tax my body) .. and why? To save a mere few dollars.
Silly no? In the U.S. I routinely pay US $ 50 maybe more to get to the airport and ‘think-nothing-of-it’.
.. OF MY PEANUT BUTTER SAGA ! Click onto the below link in case you missed this saga!
Odd .. When the dust had settled from the above DRAMA .. And I was past Security and Immigration .. A boarding gate for my flight was not posted.
My flight on Mongolian Airlines (second down on the above flight departure board) .. OM 298 .. that was scheduled to depart at 1:25pm (13:25 Hrs) actually pushed-away from our departure gate at its re-scheduled time of 6:35pm (18:35 Hrs). To this moment-in-time I have no idea of why the flight was delayed. I don’t remember ‘The Captain’ in the cockpit even mentioning or apologizing for the delay.
IT’S NO WONDER YOU DIDN’T HEAR WHAT THE GOOD CAPTAIN OF THE AIRCRAFT MAY HAVE SAID! YOU WERE ON-THE-PHONE TALKING NON-STOP TO PATTI. WELL IT IS A GREAT WAY TO EASE THE STRESS OF SECURITY AND THE 5-HOUR DELAY AND FINALLY BOARDING THE PLANE. FUNNY HUH? MY THINGS CHAT-WITH-ME AND SO TOO DOES THE COMMITTEE INSIDE-OF-MY-HEAD!
So I decided that .. I assumed that .. when the plane did leave it would depart from gates 501 or 502. So why not go out to them and wait out there in the satellite terminal. Makes sense no?
Getting to departure gates 501 / 502 is not any easy chore. You have to take a shuttle bus out to a satellite terminal sitting by itself in the middle of nowhere. Below is a photo of the area from which this satellite terminal bus departs. I should-have-known that only gates 501 / 510 are in the satellite terminal shouldn’t I?
AND TO PASS THE TIME PATTI AND I CHIT-CHATTED .. MANY TIMES.
“Hum-m-m-m-m ..” I said to Patti speaking from the satellite terminal .. “This is a new departure gate for me. I think I had better find out if Gate 511 is here in the satellite terminal.” .. “Chek Lap Kok is a gigantic place and I might have to travel a mile or two to get to Gate 511.”
SO OUT AND OFF GOES YOUR CAPTAIN IN SEARCH OF GATE 511 ..
Sure enough Gate 511 is NOT out in the satellite terminal.
SO OUT AND OFF GOES YOUR CAPTAIN IN FURTHER SEARCH OF GATE 511 ..
Onto the satellite shuttle bus back into the main terminal area of Chek Lap Kok I went.
BACK ON THE PHONE FOR SOME MORE PATTI-TALK-STRESS-RELIEF-THERAPY ..
You have to realize that the ‘Peanut Butter Drama’ that I experienced in my getting through security really got me ‘worked-up’ and slammed my metabolism into ‘overdrive’. I can’t suddenly ‘just come down’ from such stress instantly. So chit-chatting with Patti was wonderful.
Now I see clearly as to why I wanted to write this post. It serves me as a form of catharsis (Catharsis noun .. The purging of the emotions or relieving of emotional tensions ..) and is a vital part of the process of putting the flight ‘to rest’.
Yes indeed no problem! You are very handsome!
Just the writing of this post re-excites me about the life I am so blessed to be living. I LOVE I CRAVE WHAT I AM DOING!
IF THE ONLY PRAYER YOU EVER SAY IN YOUR ENTIRE LIFE IS THANK YOU .. IT WILL BE ENOUGH. meister eckhart ..
Immediately below is a photo of another outstanding meal on Mongolian Airlines. Just wonderful.
Look very VERY closely at the above and at the below meals. Focus on the green vegetables on the plate on lower left of each photo. Now focus closely on the orange vegetables on the plate to its upper left above the green vegetables.
“Trust me.” .. “Have I ever lied to you before?” .. “These are indeed two individual and two separate meals.”
IF THE ONLY PRAYER YOU EVER SAY IN YOUR ENTIRE LIFE IS THANK YOU .. IT WILL BE ENOUGH .. meister eckhart ..
“THANK YOU OH GOD OF ABRAHAM .. MAKER OF HEAVEN AND EARTH .. I really needed to eat. AND it was so nice to have a little bit of extra room on the flight. Oh God of Abraham you amaze me!”
NO! I am not talking while the flavor lasts. Gullible watched in .. wonder / amazement .. at things that seem to just happen with and to me!
.. An empty seat next to me so I could ‘spread out’ ..
It is God’s Truth .. My little blue stuff sack .. Oh-So-Proudly carrying my two large jars of peanut butter .. Was the absolutely and positively the last piece of baggage off the plane. When he showed up the luggage-conveyor-belt stopped cold. I was so relieved to see him!
In signing off here I will close by saying that I really have felt a lot of catharsis from the stress of this flight as I put this post together.
Smiling .. Cap ..
- MAR 5, 16 .. WHAT ON EARTH IS .. MAILER DAEMON ..
- MAR 7, 16 .. MONGOLIAN IMMIGRATION AND THE COLD WEATHER ..