To find a stinking house, thanks to a fridge full of rotting food. Our fridge has died. We spent an hour filling trash bags with rotten food. Then Ferrett decided to run to the store to get a few things.
The car battery was dead.
Good thing you don't have pets?
2006-08-19 01:12 am (UTC)
This does not bode well...
Oh gods...I'm on a ton of medication and supposed to do a shoot for a calendar in Amsterdam at the beginning of September. These two things will not go hand-in-hand it sounds like.
Sorry you had such a lousy return. At least you had three weeks of grand vacation time.
2006-08-19 01:18 am (UTC)
Re: This does not bode well...
You can carry on prescription meds, just be ready and have them in a small bag. It was in the chaos of pulling out the laptop and rearranging things that I forgot I had put my cough drops and cold med in the pocket of that bag. Forewarned is forearmed. And do take seriously the warning to arrive at least two hours early, more if you are traveling from a large airport. It was a madhouse.
ACK! OMG, hon, I am so sorry!
Yeah, so glad to be here....
Stuff happens; we'll survive. Just would like it if we weren't providing he gods with quite so much comic relief!
Sorry the trip home was so lousy, hon. But at least you get to snuggle into your own bed and finally unpack for the *last* time!
Welcome home! :-)
OH MY GOD!! THAT"S WHAT THAT WAS!! I noticed it when I was over there, but couldn't for the LIFE of me figure out what it was! I didn't even THINK to check the refrigerator! Well, I take that back, I did think to check it. The thought went something like this: "Could it be the refrigerator? Don't be stupid... why would they unplug their refrigerator to go on vacation?"
I checked the garbage, the basement, everything else. Even sniffed the garlic or other herby thingie that was out on the counter... I am such a yutz.
Better question, though: Tomorrow Ferret is flying out and you feel yucky. What can I do to help out, and what time do you need me there?
Yeah, and you probably wouldn't have noticed because it's still running, but making almost no coldness.
Ferrett flies out at noon, and my plan for tomorrow is to drop him off at the airport and then go back to bed. The lawn is fine, and I refilled the fountain. So no worries.
and thanks for the call!
2006-08-19 02:08 am (UTC)
You know, Ferrett and I had a discussion about this when he was here last time. I said you know, one day you wake up and the kids are dressed really weird, the music is too loud and sucks and there is also this new language that you don't understand, not that you care to because you are too "wrapped up being an adult". And Ferrett said "Yeah, you ever notice that this happens after you have a mortgage?" If anything will make you feel a bit better read my post about the carpeting I have to buy - AGAIN. And its possible repercussions.
That sucks about the fridge. When we bought ours 4 years ago we got it at Best Buy and it was the best price around; so at least if you get it there think you'll get bonus points on your Reward Zone card. As far as the other card you will have to use, if it makes you feel any better again, well in this boat we're in at least you have us for company so bring that DVD player.
As far as security, it is a fucking joke. Just like after 9/11 everthing was gone over and gone over and now its the same thing. In a few weeks it will die down again. Don't they realize that the terrorists are going to move on to Plan C now?
Hopefully Plan C will not include a crate of poisonous snakes released on a 747. Unless its Air Force One.....
And finally - what kind of suitcase do you want to replace the one that was giving you trouble?
2006-08-19 02:15 am (UTC)
Re: Household Responsibilities
The problem is that the standard computer bags are now way too big. Fortunately, the bag you sent Ferrett has a smaller inner bag that will fit.
Unfortunately, it's currently at my office. So he will have to make do for this trip.
Oh, good Lord. The Return From Holidays From Hell.
My fridge died on me last year, two weeks after I'd moved, just when I'd filled it and gone off for a ten-day holiday with friends, so I have an idea of what yours smelled like. Just when we were having a heatwave, too.
As for airport security, it's par for the course. I took 18 planes in the US in the four months that followed 9/11. Gawd I hated it. There was a piece in the Christian Science Monitor (alas, haven't been able to find it online) in which they had asked an Israeli expert to assess airport security mùeasures in the US. His conclusion: "The US don't have a security system, they have a system to annoy people."
And they do that with amazing regularity, let me tell you.
Honestly, I am all in favor of measures to keep bombs off planes. I like not getting blown up. But the logic behind some of this stuff crosses all borders of sanity. I've been through Israeli security. It made sense. This was just busywork for the sake of creating apprehension.
I thought of you and Ferrett often when I heard all those ridiculous security restrictions.
And I can't even imagine how exhausting it would be to return after dealing with all those travel hassles only to have to deal with a dead fridge and dead car battery.
Do you have any chance to rest before you head back into your work schedule?
Thank heavens, I am not scheduled to return to work until Wednesday. I have to drive Ferrett to the airport this morning, and then deal further with the fridge, but at least I have a couple days off in which to do it.
It is just typical that you get to play comic relief to the G-ds, with the fridge and car. Something to laugh about. Next year.
As far as security is concerned, security is not the point. With all the measures already in place across the western world, security is pretty good. The point is to make sure you know that you are secure, by making your travel an utter hell. That way you can brag that you are really secure. Unless, of course, you are capable of independent thought...
I think they've gone beyond the "sweet spot" on this one, because I was surrounded by a lot of disgruntled, cynical people.
Yeah, I had to declare it at customs, I've so thoroughly adopted it.
Glad that the vacation was nice. I've enjoyed the posts. Hope you feel well soon.
See, this is why I rarely venture out of the country. To be fair, I rarely venture out of my flat.
Ah, but if we hadn't, we never would have had such a lovely time with you.
Clearly, our error was returning home at all!