Monday, May 28, 2012

The Journey Home

I was up late last night. I had a 6am flight and the airport shuttle was scheduled to pick me up from the hotel at 3am. ChrisMac had left yesterday, so I spent the last 24 hours preparing for the journey home.

I was fortunate enough to make the acquaintance of a local woman early in the trip who pointed out some great restaurants and who was gracious enough to drive me to the local Wal-Mart last night where I could pick up Cafe Du Monde coffee for half of what the tourist stores were charging. What's better is that the coffee at Wal-Mart comes in vacuum sealed bricks rather than metal cans, so I bought as much as I could stuff in my laptop bag (which amounted to 8 bricks). I don't know what I was thinking. After running my bag through the scanner, a TSA agent took me aside and basically accused me of smuggling drugs. For about 30 seconds, I was sure I was going to get an extra-invasive search, but, after assuring the agent that I simply love Cafe Du Monde coffee, I was allowed to proceed.

I seemed to have the airport to myself and ran through the Delta terminal Jerry Maguire style. As much as I loved my trip, I was ready to come home. I missed my daughter and my friends. But, make no mistake, New Orleans, I will be back.

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