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Old 12-05-2008, 08:06 AM   #1
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Marianne & Jim, Day 1

Mom just called from the airport. I mentioned she was concerned with the new price regulations regarding checked luggage. Can't say I blame her. Didn't they impose those fees to help the airline (poorpoorairline) because the price of fuel was so high?

Apparently, Mom, squeaky wheel that she can be...got the curbside check in guy to let them try to bring two normal size suitcases to the airplane like carry on luggage. You know, for a small woman, she's got brass ones. Now, she's not sure if she can convince the flight attendants to let them bring on the luggage, but, if she cannot, the cases will be put in with the oversize carry ons. This way...and you cannot tell me she's not a clever monkey...this way, when the plane lands, they'll be handed their luggage and they avoid the thirty dollar fee and the luggage carousel.

My sister called. She wanted to thank me for giving her 11 days of breathing room. I've been instructed to hide my mother's cell phone. That shouldn't be too difficult. I recently discovered that my mother has no idea how to retrieve her cell phone messages. Time and time again I'd call, leaving messages when she wouldn't answer. She'd call back later, asking why I called. When I asked why she didn't just listen to her message, etc etc... She finally admitted a few months ago that she didn't know how to. So, every message I ever left her is now floating out in Verizon ether.

Excuse me, I have a pie to bake.

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Old 12-05-2008, 08:14 AM   #2
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Sounds like a PIP!!
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Old 12-05-2008, 08:19 AM   #3
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I can picture it, too. She'll give the security guards a run for their money too, if they question her 3oz liquids as well.
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Old 12-05-2008, 08:27 AM   #4
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Just a thought for when they leave, which seems like something near and dear to your heart. She could sent the suitcases UPS and avoid all that. Of course, free is better.
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Old 12-05-2008, 08:57 AM   #5
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I think our mothers must have been related somewhere along the line. Mine's been gone a long time now, but she was a tiny lady with a big presence!
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Old 12-05-2008, 09:12 AM   #6
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I can picture it, too. She'll give the security guards a run for their money too, if they question her 3oz liquids as well.

Here's hoping you don't have to bail her out!
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Old 12-05-2008, 10:27 AM   #7
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I have been looking forward to this for weeks! (and I know I'm not the only one!)

VB, thanks for letting us be a part of this - Merry Christmas to me!!
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Old 12-05-2008, 10:55 AM   #8
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Just a thought for when they leave, which seems like something near and dear to your heart. She could sent the suitcases UPS and avoid all that. Of course, free is better.
We thought of that, but thought UPS would be too much. I'm sure her cases weigh the full 50#
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Here's hoping you don't have to bail her out!
Ha! When I was 13, I broke open a bag of raked leaves all over the street. It was cabbage night, (Oct. 30) so mischief was the way to go....cops came and dragged me and my younger sister into the police station. She had to bite the inside of her cheeks to keep from laughing as she bailed us out. I guess I owe her one, yes?
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Old 12-05-2008, 10:57 AM   #10
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... And let the games begin....!

Thanks in advance for all the up coming giggles Vera!
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Old 12-05-2008, 11:14 AM   #11
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Yep... we are on a roll now VB...

Keep it commin girlie!
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Old 12-05-2008, 11:34 AM   #12
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I only have one question. Who do you think will play you in the movie? Good luck!

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Old 12-05-2008, 02:24 PM   #13
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Houston, The Eagle Has Landed

So, I made it to Newark airport no problem. Found a place to park and proceeded to get 3 calls from my mother's cell phone. My mother didn't actually speak, but I know her ring. Finally, I got into the airport and told them where to find me. Finding me only took another 3 phone calls. I did get one voicemail from her, as well, during that time. The message consisted of her speaking to a skycap for 3 minutes about where I was waiting. She never actually spoke in the phone, I assume she forgot she called me.

Finally, I see some young dude pulling my mom's suitcase, while my dad managed the others. Remarkably, we made it home in one piece. They are out taking a walk now, but not before she gave me a couple of hard boiled eggs she had left from the trip. I asked her if she planned to peel those eggs on the plane, wondering if I should check her medication if she responded in the positive. "oh no" she said, "they were for while we were waiting to board" So, her plan was to peel them at the gate. In the airport. Peeling hard boiled eggs. Who are these people??

Short ribs coming along nicely. Corn bread croutons in the oven.
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Old 12-05-2008, 04:57 PM   #14
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This thread is toooooo funny!
How long are they staying?
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Old 12-05-2008, 05:51 PM   #15
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Till the 16th....11 days.

They are crackin' me up. My father just told her he'd never marry her again.
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Old 12-05-2008, 06:31 PM   #16
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Vera,

All kidding aside, you are truly blessed.
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Old 12-05-2008, 07:00 PM   #17
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At the very least, Vera is truly blessed with a wonderful sense of the humor in life, as well as the ability to express it so well!

What did your mother say when your father said he'd never marry her again?

Tell Marianne and Jim we DC'ers said "Hi and have fun!" Do they know that they are entertaining us? LOL!

Can you post a picture of them?

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Old 12-05-2008, 11:21 PM   #18
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Vera...you are so funny. You put a smile on my face..keep your chin up and carry on.
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Old 12-06-2008, 12:00 AM   #19
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if you were to write a short story about these two, you'd be a winner..I love your stories and wish I had your ability to entertain...You've brightened my day let me tell you..I've been so blasted ill that I can hardly stand it. But reading these adventures has made me smile and laugh and boy does it feel good. Thank you
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Old 12-06-2008, 09:53 AM   #20
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jus' bumping this up.

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