Confess, you’re a Gazelle

You know, we complain a lot about the horrors of modern air travel but you have to admit that it’s an amazing achievement that you can wake up in a city in one continent and go to bed six time zones and a third of a planet away in another. And it’s even more of an amazing achievement to do it the day after the odd flake of snow has hit Heathrow and the resulting chaos is still working its way through the system. I will spare you the gory details (nobody wants to read about someone else’s air travel nightmare any more than they want to read about someone else’s actual nightmares) but suffice it to say I now understand why sleep deprivation is such an effective interrogation tool. After 24 straight hours of being awake I would have pretty much confessed to anything if I could have managed to string a coherent sentence together. Fortunately our long suffering brother in law was willing to pick us up from the airport at midnight – by that point, even if the car rental desk had still been open, I don’t think we could have found our way out of the parking lot let alone across the city.

Still, we are here, we have had some sleep and we are about to have more, it is snowing (although nobody in Minnesota is excited about snow, it would be like us getting excited about rain), and we’ve already been out to eat twice in less than one day. It is also very, very cold, but I gather we could be getting that at home…

upside down Christmas lights

Oh, and when Americans put up Christmas lights, they don’t muck about. I didn’t get the photo of the house whose front garden was crammed with giant inflatable figures (and I mean giant – some of the Santas were towering over the house in a way) but I suspect it will be haunting me in my dreams.

4 Responses to Confess, you’re a Gazelle

  1. Paul says:

    “(although nobody in Minnesota is excited about snow, it would be like us getting excited about rain)”

    So they talk about it all the time then?

  2. Michael says:

    Hey neighbor, I’m about 80 miles east of you in Eau Claire, Wisconsin.

  3. Charles says:

    You get on a plane, you wake up somewhere else. That is the easy bit, it’s getting on the plane, and getting enough booze to sleep, now that is the difficult bit…

  4. disgruntled says:

    @Paul – they talk about it, but in practical terms, rather than how pretty it is.
    @Michael – ah too slow! We’ve just flown down to Colorado
    @Charles – I can’t sleep on planes, at least not for more than about 10 minutes at a time

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