Thursday, May 13, 2004

And there was sunshine

So just as numerous times before I find myself at the mercy of an airline company, my whole schedule and wellbeing entangled with their inter dependency and competence to assure a smooth transfer of body and LAGUAGE. Due to popular demand, the flight is fully booked out and I find myself occupying the middle seat in my row. The sun loiters to the right and has set and risen four times in the last 15 minutes as the obese African-American lady on my right struggles to make herself comfortable and thus blocking the existence of the sun to everybody else in our row; When running out of breath she settles down for a minute or two and so the sun rise again. This seems to be a recursive routine and I am willing too place money, the betting man I am, on the fact that this is not the last time I would be so fortunate enough to witness a sunset and sunrise in such a diminutive elapse of time. This might turn into yet another exasperating journey although it is only a 2.45 hour flight back to San Diego from Dallas.

These two destinations could not have been further apart when one evaluate and compare their landscape, weather, attitude and insight. Some people and places in Dallas are still caught in a very bad soap opera from the 80’s where big hair, talcum powder and the very unfashionable flowery dresses where the norm. Some of the folk here could even be overly friendly that it almost becomes a little irksome. My expedition to Dallas had a very interesting twist though, when I was introduce to Yolanda du Toit from Pretoria (Capital of South Africa) with her natural beauty, elegant tall legs and charming smile. So I found myself flirting in Afrikaans, something that only occurs on my visits back to South Africa every December. She furthermore suggested hosting a braai (BBQ) the next time I am in Dallas. How could one resist such a fair offer?

My current goal is to apply some of the methods I have gathered over the years to persuade the project leader that I would need to be base out of their San Diego office for another week before moving to Dallas. Thus minimizing the time spent traveling back to Ireland on the June the 10th for the Pixies concert and another comrade’s (Maruis) birthday in Dublin.

Hope you are all doing well and I will keep you posted of my progress and findings during my expeditions!!!!


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