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Vacation Time …

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I know its been a while since I’ve blogged. Just haven’t been in the mood. Plus I was a little depressed not having my Leica M-E and instead using a loaner camera. Granted the loaner was the latest Leica M but it wasn’t MY camera.

Well, my camera came home a week ago just in time for our trip to Florida to get some downtime in the sun.

Through the Curtains

Through the Curtains

I had a surprising pleasant day here in Minneapolis. I thought for sure my day would be crazy busy. I awoke to see some light beginning to stray between my blinds. I really wasn’t ready to pull the covers back to look to see how the day was going to be but something in the back of my mind said to. So I took a quick peek and whoa the sun had already crested the horizon. Before retiring last night to bed I had no idea which direction my hotel window was facing. I initially panicked looking for my camera. After a quick check I realized I’d left the sim card in my computer after downloading my photos from the night before. Hopefully by the time I get the camera reset and the sim card inserted I wouldn’t miss the light.

I used the soft blinds to play with the light. I made some photos shot at infinity concentrating on the sun and some others focused on the opaque blinds. I even had time to change lenses to get another series of shots to experiment with the light.

Then I turned around and this wonderful light streaming into the room presents me with this scene of the ruffled bed covers.

But there’s something missing….Something very important missing….and its that special lady in my life that I’m missing that should be here with me enjoying this too.

Oakland – Salt Lake – Minneapolis

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I wasn’t surprised to get another airline brief to travel to crew another airplane before heading to bed last night. I spent today traveling from Oakland California through Salt Lake City and on to Minneapolis. Plus I wasn’t surprised to learn that I couldn’t reserve a seat on either flight when I tried to check-in last night via my computer from my hotel room. I went to bed last night knowing that today could be another challenging travel day.

Fortunately I was booked on Delta and since I have some status with them I knew that I’d have the best chance being assigned an OK seat. I knew it would probably be a middle seat and sure enough it was. But, after most everybody had boarded, I’ve made myself comfortable. I’ve got my favorite tunes playing through my Shure in-ear headphones and then an agent wants to know why I’m not up in First Class. Huh? I said no told me I was upgraded to First. Well, I had no problem moving my stuff and headed back to the front of the airplane.

My ride from Salt Lake to Minneapolis was much the same. Other than being offered an upgrade to First Class. But the difference in this flight is that I did get a window seat.

Again I have my “nest” made and chillin’ on some tunes. I feel the aircraft moving as we’re being pushed back for engine starts and look at my watch. Cool, we’re going to depart on time! But no…. We’ve pushed back and the engines are running but we’re not going anywhere. About then there some scurrying around in the cabin with a couple flight attendants working with some passengers and I can’t quite hear the announcement over the intercom. Hey, I’ve got my jams playing and I’m ready to get airborne so I can recline my seat, you know!.

Well come to find out as we’re taxiing back to the gate we have a family onboard that wasn’t able to get the entire family on and the others were booked on another flight. They’re not happy and want off. No kiddin’, we taxi back to get them off the airplane making our original on time departure an hour late.

Like I said yesterday, traveling around the holidays has just been crazy!

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