I had a feeling the day wasn’t going to go as smoothly as I had hoped when I went through the gates to get on my flight to Philadelphia and the plane wasn’t ready. Eventually, everything got warmed up and the plane had to be de-iced. Before we started we were 25 minutes behind schedule. Regardless, the pilot assured us we’d make up the time for our connecting flights. What we didn’t plan on was a snow storm in Philadelphia that kept us in the air for an extra 40 minutes.
I did manage to catch my flight to Tampa, Florida though, simply because it was about an hour over due for the same reason, the snow storm. And when we did get on the plane, we were taxiing and de-icing and waiting in a massive line up for take-off. Needless to say, I missed my connection from Tampa to Houston. I changed flights because it would be impossible to catch my connection in Houston to San Antonio. Then I changed flights again. Then I changed airlines. I went from Continental to American Airlines (the friendliest of the US air carriers I might add) however, Continental did do everything they could to get me to San Antonio. I appreciated that.
Anyway, here I am now in Dallas, waiting for my flight in another hour or so to San Antonio and with the family. Very much looking forward to it. It was a long day, starting at about 4 am (well, 3 am if you read my last blog entry) and I suspect it will end sometime after midnight in San Antonio. With the time changes, I think it amounted to about a 20 hour day running around in large airports trying to catch flights, flying, landing, rushing again for the next one. Changing terminals and airlines. I really do feel like I’m on that show, The Amazing Race. I have fears that the worst is yet to come, as I have my doubts about my luggage making it to San Antonio with me. Fingers crossed it does and I can stop dealing with the airlines for a few days.
But while it was a long day, I did get to see a bunch of airports, and my family will be at the last one to meet me, and that’s what it’s all about.
Here’s a few photos. I never really tried taking photos from the plane much before, mostly because the windows are always so scratched up, but some of these are sort of neat.
Something to note about these photos. When you’re trying to quit smoking, and have a long day, the NO SMOKING sign gets irritating very fast.
At one point, I had cream for my coffee and it was called Mini Moos…. and had a picture of an Indian girl cupping, what looked like, both her breasts!? (** Correction – upon closer inspection, a co-worker thought it looked like her hands were behind her back and, sadly, I have to agree. Oh well. I was tired. …. but I still like what I saw better: ) **)
The city at night shot is of Dallas.
I’m in the Halifax airport sitting up in the observation deck writing this. Not much to observe here, a couple flights every now and again and some pretty thick snow blowing around out there. It’s just below freezing here whereas in Goose Bay it was -20 C when I left, and is suppose to go down to -41 C with the windchill tonight. And there was plenty of wind when I left. Hope Amy remembers to plug in the truck.
Anyway, the photo below is from the observation deck here in Halifax.
3 a.m. Update: So I found the one single spot on the observation deck where there happened to be 4 chairs/seats together without arm rests between them in which I could stretch out and maybe have a little nap. I get up and go for a little stroll and when I return, some dude is sleeping there. Oh well. Feeling sleepy, so I eventually find another row of chairs suitable for sleeping that isn’t occupied. Excellent. *To future Halifax over-nighters with early flights the next morning, the place I speak of is at the end of the food court, it’s surrounded by trees and kind of secluded.*
Earlier in the evening, I notice these signs around the airport – ” ATTENTION Please Do Not Feed The Birds. ATTENTION. Ne Donnez Rien A Manger Aux Osieaux.” Birds? What Birds? They have birds in here? Maybe it’s just during the summer and maybe birds get in here, and maybe it’s actually a problem or something. I flew to Palm Springs in California a couple years ago and they had birds, but it was an open air airport. Anyway, I landed here at about 6:30 pm and I didn’t see or hear any birds.
1:23 a.m. I just start to get comfy. Chirp!! Chirp, chirp! CHIRP!! F@%#. You’re kidding me!? So, there are birds here. And they’re extremely loud, happy birds. And that secluded area I spoke of? With all the trees? Yeah, it’s their playground, and it’s right over my head. What do I do? I accept it, of course, and adapt.
10 mins later: Janitor starts cleaning and buffing the floors 10 feet away. I pull my coat around my head.
10 mins later: – No joke here – Fire Alarm. And it’s broken by an announcement of how the airport authority is checking into an alarm, so pay attention because if the alarm changes from a broken alarm like the one that’s keeping you awake, then you have to get out because the place is going up in flames. There is a pause of relief, then the message is repeated in French and more alarms. This takes place for what seems like eternity.
Ok, I can take a hint.
Thank Gawd Tim Horton’s is 24 hours. I go wash up, grab an extra large coffee and accept the fact that now isn’t the time for sleep.
If I sound bitter about this, I’m really not. I actually found the situation to be really funny. …. it could be slight insanity from the lack of sleep though. 🙂
This photo is, I think, the fourth suit case-travel-related photo since I started this blog. Tomorrow I’m off to Texas. I probably won’t make any blog entries until I get back, which will be about Tuesday of next week. It will be really good to see family again. I wish the circumstances were better though.
So, I’ll over night in Halifax. Then I’m off to Philadelphia, then Tampa, followed by Houston and finally San Antonio. Same thing on the way back. This might be a good place to raise your kids, but the travel options to go anywhere freakin’ suck! Being positive though, I think some new sights will breath new life into me, and regardless of the reason, seeing family is always an uplifting experience.
In the meantime, if you’re new (and if you’re not) there are 355 other blog entries that you can browse through.
Take care and keep safe.
Some while back I mentioned I was thinking of doing a project after this 365 project was complete. I’ve formed most of the idea in my head over the last few weeks, and here are some of the details.
The project is called Community Flavour 52. Each week over the course of the next year, I plan to take a portrait of someone from the Happy Valley-Goose Bay and surrounding area. It will be a small, loose ethnography of sorts ( I picked up that word when I studied Socio/Cultural Anthropology in university – about ten years later and after nearly $30,000 in student loans, and that’s what I remember -ethnography).
I’m looking to create a snapshot of this community by photographing the people in it. I’m interested in photographing the creatives in town – the painters, carvers and visual artists of all sorts, film makers, actors, dancers, musicians, writers, bloggers, someone who makes/designs clothes. I’m also interested in photographing the people in town who are doing something to help the community – maybe you’re an entrepreneur running a small business that is improving the community in some way, or a volunteer with a cause or helping to raise awareness on an issue. It’s a pretty wide scope of categories, but that’s what creates a community.
I’m not originally from this town, so meeting these people each week is where the difficulty lies. And that’s where you can help. I’m interested in meeting those who might fall into any of the above categories and would be interested in participating. And maybe I can help those participants in return. If I can meet you, then maybe I can introduce you and what you do, to the community. Maybe through this blog, you can meet like minded individuals and collaborate and share ideas. And maybe something good can come out of this. Maybe even something exciting.
If you know of someone who might like to participate in this project, or someone you think deserves a little recognition, you can leave a comment on this blog, the Community Flavour 52 blog or email me at Sednaphotography@live.com.
[Update: So, the Community Flavour 52 blog didn’t happen. On a positive note though, I really missed blogging and sharing my photography and chatting about whatever was on my mind. I have plans to start a new blog soon called The Rendered Pixel. It’ll be a simple blog with little direction, but maybe with some half decent photography. Maybe I’ll photograph some people who are doing something around town, or maybe I’ll just photograph what’s around me like usual. Who knows? But I will be looking forward to doing something like this again. I find myself missing it.
Anyway, I am looking for a new platform that will make a good blog and at the same time, showcase some of my personal work all in one location. It’s taking some time to find something I like, and I don’t want to spend much (any?) $$ but if I don’t start blogging soon, then who knows when I’ll get around to it. Anyway, if the address changes and I find a new location, you’ll of course know. :)]
The is a photo of a photo of my Grandma and I. Clearly, this was 30-odd years ago.
My Grandma hasn’t been in good health for a little while now, and I fear she will not be with us much longer. My thoughts are with her and my family today.
(Update – January 23: My Grandma passed away early this morning in her home. She was with family. It was the way she wanted it to be. )
My wife and I plan to hunker down on the couch, eat some good food, and watch some movies. It’s suppose to get stormy overnight and tomorrow, and if that’s the case, we’ll probably do it again tomorrow.
Wishing everyone a comfy cozy weekend.
I have “The Gym” completed. Weights assembled, cardio equipment in place, yoga mats placed on shelves and a tv mounted on the wall. Now is the time to transform myself. Ok, “transform” may be a bit strong, but I plan on getting slimmer and hopefully healthier.
Today’s photo is of my spin bike. I bought this baby at Winners when I lived in Alberta. I paid quite a bit for it (even by Winners’ standards), but it was well worth it and I have a feeling it still has quite a few years of use left. Considering it’s completely made of heavy steel/metal and weighs about 150 lbs, I feel comfortable in saying that. Regardless, before I got married 21 months ago, it was one of the key instruments in me losing 34 lbs in the months leading up to my wedding day. I hope it can help me again. Anyway, I have a date with it around 6 am tomorrow morning.
That’s it for tonight. See you tomorrow.
Photographer’s Note: around the time this photo was taken, I was eating a large bowl of Heavenly Hash ice cream. Motivation is key when it comes to a strict exercise regimen. Ice cream – I’m doing this for you.