Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Storm In A Teacup

I am not where I expected to be tonight. The plan was that I would go to the airport before dawn, get on an airplane and fly. When it landed I'd be in OC country and, with a little luck, he'd be there waiting, more or less patiently.

But Tropical Storm Fay had other plans. Actually, didn't seem to have much of a plan at all. Just swirling around in the Caribbean, getting her knickers in a twist. Not to mention how she livened life up for the weathermen, whose lives, if you think about it, must be rather dull. All those charts, yawnnnn! She couldn't make up her mind where she wanted to go...or if she should go for the gusto and become a full blown hurricane.

What is it they say? Indecision is the hallmark of the female? I can identify. I dithered. Talked to my neighbour, who was nailing boards up around his house. He likes to keep busy, which is probably more than sixty percent of why he was doing that. But he and his wife persuaded me that the prudent thing to do would be to postpone my trip until Wednesday. I didn't need much of a push. The airline had no more of a clue what Fay might do than the weathermen, and said I could delay my departure until the next morning without any penalty.

Done.

Woke up this morning. Weather seemed a little grey, but calm. Checked the airport website. The flight I should have been on had left on time. No hitches. Drat!

If I had not postponed it, then for sure a hurricane would have roared down on us, uprooted trees, ripped roofs from houses, sent gulf water rushing inland, causing evacuations all around, people running in circles, highways jammed.

But, funnily enough, no-one has called to thank me for averting disaster. You'd think the weathermen could at least send a nod of acknowledgement my way for my part in ensuring that the whole thing fizzled. But no, not a word, not a wink. I'll think twice next time.

Meanwhile I've had extra time to organise myself. Take as little as possible, I tell myself, since my natural tendency is to take everything but the kitchen sink. And then only use a fraction of it. But one has to consider the weather up there. Colder than here. Even in August. But I'll be helping the OC to drag back here all the goods and chattels he's accumulated in two years there. Don't need to add too many of my own. Yes! He's coming home. No more winters in the deep freeze! As luck would have it, his computer recently imploded. And Dell is not rushing over in anything vaguely resembling a timely fashion, to kiss it and make it better.

So. I may be out of the loop for a week or two, but fear not, I'll be back! Meantime books and sewing have been squeezed into my bag.

Now I just hope the weathermen don't find anything else to cause a stir about until my plane takes off in the morning!

13 comments:

thailandchani said...

Travel safe! :)


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Tanya Brown said...

Have a safe trip, and I hope that the OC will have a good homecoming!

Ali Honey said...

Go safely. I'll miss your wit and lively words ....till you return.

Thimbleanna said...

Yay! The OC is coming home! Glad you've been safe from the storm. Now, don't be bringing it up north with you -- I need to fly out of here on Friday! Be careful!!!

Stomper Girl said...

Yes, have a safe trip. Good luck organising the OC's return.

StitchinByTheLake said...

You can just bet that if I had been booked on that plane I would have cancelled too. I flew into a hurricane one time and as we were landing I could see palm trees brushing the ground with their tops. Scary stuff. Be safe. blessings, marlene

peppermintpatcher said...

What was the weather like for your flight? You were tempting fate by even mentioning it!

I hope the trip goes well.

Isabelle said...

Hope you've brought him home safely. Now you'll have lots more shirts to iron?

rhubarbwhine said...

I thank you for averting disaster - and wish you godspeed as well. Enjoy!

Kapuananiokalaniakea said...

Whoo hoo! Happy trails! Happy homecoming!

fifi said...

What magical powers you have!!


Have a safe trip.

raining sheep said...

Have a great trip and may the weather be on your side.

Julie's journey said...

A homecoming - wonderful! Travel safely, may the wind always be at your back etc etc.