Armistice Day, originally, the eleventh day
of the eleventh month, the day the fighting
stopped across Europe during World War One...
renamed as Veteran's Day after World War
Two... a day to remember all of those men
and women who have served in our armed forces.
This is an especially important Veteran's
Day, being exactly two months since the 9-11
Remembrance Day in Canada, a very fitting name...
And here I am, ironically enough, typing
this on my laptop in the waiting area at
Gate 6 at PVD, waiting for USAirways flight
US 2426 to PIT...
Yes, another trip to Pittsburgh... four weeks
ago I got here just past noon to catch this
same flight and was able to catch the "11:15
am" flight (which wasn't leaving until
almost one)... Today I got to the airport
around 12:30 today to catch my 2:50 flight.
To my delight I found that curbside checkin
was again available so I checked my suitcase
and headed to the security checkin area...
a long line but it moved very quickly and
efficiently and I was soon in the departures
area, waiting at Gate 6.
Although using curbside checkin saved me
from having to stand in line at the ticket
counter, I therefore needed to get my boarding
pass at the gate... about forty-five minutes
after I got to the waiting area (long enough
to grab a small tuna wrap and a small coffee
-- $7.22) the gate personnel opened for business,
so I got to spend ten minutes or so in line
to get my boarding pass. They also announced
at that time that our plane would not be
arriving here until about a quarter to three...
thus making our 2:50 departure more like
3:15 or 3:20.
Friday night Sean and his girlfriend
on attending a football game (our local
school team... Sean's school, that
girlfriend lives in a different town)...
so I fed them early (around 6pm) so
could get to the game on time... but
Sean decided that he was too tired
I translate to meaning they thought
be cozier to snuggle in the living
television rather than sit outdoors
bleachers on a chilly night... Nancy
home around 6:30 (she's co-teaching
class) and, after a light workout (treadmill
and weights) I fixed dinner for us...
was off with her friends.
Saturday was the usual: run errands, stop
at the library, go grocery shopping, do laundry,
etc. as Jennifer went off with friends to
Emerald Square Mall in Massachusetts and
Sean went to a Saturday afternoon Naragansett
High School football game and then, at night,
with a group of friends to a performance
of Midsummer Night's Dream at Prout School (the local Catholic high
school.) Saturday night Nancy and I took
her mother out to dinner -- The Italian Village Restaurant, Main Street, Wakefield, RI -- I had a very
tasty chicken marsalla -- and then we walked
around the corner to the Campus Cinema to
see Shallow Hal. We all enjoyed it -- it's not the same
kind of wild side-splitting laughter-inducing
film as Something About Mary -- but it was fun, a number of amusing scenes,
not as biting as the usual Farrelly
movie, more of a sweet sentimentality
I expected. It's not their best movie,
A typical (might almost say stereotypical) small town American weekend -- made possible
for us only because of the sacrifices made
by our nation's veterans.
And later, in Pittsburgh...
It's a short flight from Providence to Pittsburgh,
just 466 frequent flyer miles, not much more
than an hour and a half flight. (By the way,
everyone calls PVD "Providence"
but, as a number of signs featuring the mayor
of Warwick inform you in the gate areas,
"No matter what your flight attendant
has told you, you have just landed in Warwick")
Coming into Pittsburgh International Airport
at this time of day it is easy to notice
the twenty-five minutes or so of extra daylight
from being this far west in the time zone...
yeah, okay, same amount of daylight per day,
but the sun rises later here and sets later
November 11th, two months after the attacks...
Veteran's Day... A day to think about and
honor all of those who have served this country,
all who have fought and struggled and sacrificed
to protect the freedoms we enjoy... and to
think about and honor all of those men and
women who even now are in harm's way fighting
against those who seek to destroy us.
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