“…Same way I tend to lose my conscience too.
Another day in these dirty old blues, and I don’t seem to mind.
This is a thing that confounds me, You can find me; You surround and remind me. I lose my way and I forget about You, but You still remember me…
All for a man here in Kalamazoo, who loses his bags and his way sometimes, too.But that was something that You already knew and still You died for me.”
My adventure started on my flight landing in Austin, Texas. The lady who had sat a seat away from me had too many Starbucks accessories on her to me not to ask about them. Turns out her daughter works at the other Starbucks in town, she told me that she personally hates coffee. Not only did we share the same flight from San Diego to Austin where we changed planes to have a stop over in Nashville then onto Raleigh. Both of our check on items liked Austin so much that they stayed longer than we did. I wasn’t upset, but a bit annoyed that my bag was lost, an elderly southern lady put in perspective for me when she said “There’s no need to get ugly. It wont change the fact your bag isn’t here.” about another gentleman also on our flight cussing up a storm in front of the Southwest office. In all my years of traveling, this is the first time losing my bag and it wasn’t as horrible as I thought. Mind you, they knew were it was and not just off in never never land so I was not too worried. Knowing that I have very little to get me through till I got my bag back, Jace and I still went straight to his house to watch of course the Amazing Race. We have to keep our priorities straight! Afterwards I dragged Jace around Wal-Mart which closed 15 minutes after we got there (isn’t it a law that all Wal-Marts are open 24 hours in the south?) I got what I needed to get me through the night to not feel I was roughing it too much.
I got to stay with Jace’s old room mate, Stephen and his sweet wife Sarah. I told Jace its gonna take me a while to get his friends name straight. And having friends who are a couple with names that don’t go together really mess me up. In my mind a Stephen goes with a Christy. Sarah goes with Brandon. So keeping the names straight is gonna take me a while, but Sarah, even though we awoke her as we tried to creep into the guest bedroom got up in her PJs telling me she was sorry she couldn’t stay up and chat with me. She seemed like a person who I could become instant friends with from her sweet spirit, but that really was the only interaction we had with one another. In the morning on his way to work, Jace dropped me off at Boarder’s, Sarah and I meeting place for me to spend some time with her over the next day and half. I had some breakfast from McD’s and some Boarders coffee (just plain coffee, it was pretty safe) while waiting for Sarah to arrive. Also while I waited I made a new friend over the phone name Roger who was in South Carolina with my bag. Why on earth it went there, I do not know since the lady at the Southwest counter told me that Charlotte was out of their way. I reminder her that it was not I who lost my bag so Charlotte shouldn’t be a problem. On our drive down the 65, Roger gave me directions to where we’d met him at. “Off of exit 81 over the bridge to your left is a gas station. I will be in the abandon parking lot next to it.” I say it out loud so Sarah can hear what I’m hearing. Can we say sketchy? Once arriving at this abandon parking lot Roger handed over as he said “the bag in question” and Sarah and I were on our way. Pretty harmless and I was excited to get out of my plane clothes.
For lunch, Sarah and I made a run to the food court that held so many memories for me. These memories came from the day of Jace and I first meeting, or date as some may say. As a long distance couple its very different than a “normal” dating relationship. I don’t have the memories of “first things” in our relationship here in Cali. They all are held in North Carolina (highway 311 is dear to both our hearts). When I saw the table we sat at and I got made fun of for only eating half a potato I smiled. When Sarah and I went to the first Starbucks Jace and I went to, passing the seats we sat in talking through awarded moments, it warmed me. Funny how both Jace and I not real mall people but I my heart was beaming as I walked through that mall with Sarah, wishing he was there to share the moment with me. I share with Sarah a little what I was feeling, but she could only understand to a certain degree. It was a great delight for me though to see her get to own a dress she had be eyeing for months that fit her to a tee. Its pink and very princess like. She denied my request for her to wear it out that night to Disney on ice. She could of been the prettiest one in the place, but I guess that wasn’t on her list of to-dos that day. We went to Brandon’s very decked out Lord of the Rings apartment to share lunch with him. If you every get the pleasure of going to Brandon’s apartment, make sure and play with his figurines. He loves it when people do that. Also, maybe then someone can explain to us all why the girl (her name escapes me at the moment) is so manly looking. Kinda creepy.
One of the things Sarah and I had planned was to go ice skating. Sounded a lot of fun to me since I haven’t been in years and it would give us a great excuse to take fun photos. When she told me the bad news we weren’t going, but in exchanged her room mate had gotten free tickets to see Beauty on the Beast on ice. Now I know what a lot of you are thinking, but honestly, it was really fun. Its very much geared towards a younger crowd, for goodness sakes its Disney. But the skating was really quite fun to watch and see how they’d pull off different scenes. Some of the survivors they were selling confused me. One that I saw everywhere was a sword that light up. A sword? There is no sword in this story line that I recall. Also, a crown with Mickey Mouse ears. Now, I can see doing a Mickey Mouse thing, he told the story, but a crown? Again, this story had no crown. I can see a rose, or a tea cup that looked like Chip. But whatever sells I guess is the way to go. We made it back at a decent hour to watch my newly owned copy of “Win a Date with Tad Hamilton” (Topher Grace *swoon*) over yummy Chinese food. We also helped Sarah’s room mate pick out a outfit for a double date she was going on the next evening straight from work. Girl time for me was long over due so it was nice to be apart of it again in ways. Sarah being sick and I kind of tired from the time change went to bed at a decent hour.
Theres the first part of the trip in a nutshell. Stay tunned for the days that followed…