Fish Fish in USA (Pt 10, July 20)
Warning : Quite rough way of witing, due to the need of it.
I woke up at 2.30am the morning I was going to leave New Orleans. I slept for merely 2 h that day, after packing everything up. By 3.20am, I was down in the lobby to wait for the Airport Shuttle New Orleans to come and pick me up.
Guess what?? I was "very lucky". There was no sign of the shuttle bus coming at all, until 4.25am. Panic!! The St. Vincent's Guest House had nobody to attend at the reception. What more, they locked the phone in their office. Great!!! This was really a great choice of mine of staying in such a place. My advise... strongly not recommended to stay there.
I had no choice but to wake my sensei up to help me to go to the nearest public phone (which was quite a walking distant away) to make a call. Called them, no one picked up the phone. Tried to call a cab, only answering machine was working.
Getting more panic. If I missed this flight, all my schedule would be in a mess.
No choice, I tried to get a bus to get down to the town for a cab, even though the time seem to be quite strained.
Luckily, there was a cab coming after 10 min. I ran towards it, waving my hands like some "crazy people". There was a lady passenger in the cab.
"Please bring me to the airport now! I need to rush to the airport now!" I was like "shouting" to the driver regardless there was a passenger behind.
"I'm sorry miss, but I have a passenger to send back now. I'll come to pick you up 5 min later." The 1st minute he was saying this to me.
"Ok, get on the car. We will send you to the airport." The next minute he said this to me. Did I hear it right??
Yes!! The lady was so kind that she allowed the driver to bring me to the airport first. While her way home was just a few min away.
"Thank you so much." I said this from the bottom of my heart.
"No worry baby. We'll get you there." She was assuring me.
In the cab, the lady was in a very down mood that time, she was gulping down alcohol. Kept saying the "FUCK" word. Seem like she was very pissed off how some untrustworthy cab drivers trying to take a chance on her. Geee... hearing her story, my image on cab drivers only get worse.
"I swear to you Martin, I will fucking stab their eyes with my eyeliners if they ever dare to put a finger on me..." etc etc...
Geee... what a ride I was having.
"You see, I am not a mad bitch. But these bastards, no way I'm going to let them to get me. You get me? You know I don't even kill an animal, and I am a vegetarian..." Oh!! That was a delighting word, vegetarian??
I looked at her and smile, "I'm a vegetarian too. ^_^"
After a little more while...
"Fuck!! I really wanna a smoke now. Urgh~~~" She was saying again about wanna to smoke.
"You can smoke if you want. I don't mind." I said. Heee... just for this time. But then, it seem like a policy not allowed to smoke in the cab. Ah well...
"I'll stop for you to smoke once we get to the airport, alright?" The driver was saying to her.
"Fuck! Fuck! Fuck! I want my cigarette!!" Oops...
"Hey sweety, do you smoke?" She then asked me.
"I tell you, smoking is so fucking good. God damn good." Heee... she sure has very "strong" word for all her sentences. But somehow, I kinda like her.
"What time is your flight?" She then asked.
"6.10am" I said.
"Oh baby, you gonna make it alright. Hey, that's Martin in front. We have known each other for 3 years. He is gonna make you catch your flight in time for sure. A great guy. He is a vegetarian too." Geee... 2 vegetarians... something which is quite impossible to happen if I am in Japan.
"Hi Martin. Nice to meet you. Really thank you for helping me this time."
"No problem. We will be there in another 5 min time." When I heard this, my anxiety was reduced into half.
Finally, we reached the airport. He only charged me US$1 extra in such an early morning and out of sudden kind of getting on his cab. I decided to give him a 30% tips. He deserved it. If not because of him... I really couldn't imagine what would my tight schedule turn into.
I gave a kiss to the lady.
"God bless you, honey. Good luck!" She said to me.
"You too." ^_^ I think one thing lucky was I met these 2 great people.
ADIVSE : If you need to take the Airport Shuttle, make sure you must call them to confirm the day before, don't turn into a situation like mine.
I was really in a relief when I checked in my luggage. But then, I couldn't get my e-ticket, due to my ticket changing when we flew from Japan to US. However, they helped me to check in through counter service.
Argh~ I finally get to the line to check in. Guess what? That was really a long line.
Seem like there was another flight to take off at 6.00am too. It was a big mess. I heard the passengers in front and at the back of me saying, "Man~ this is the worse checking I ever had."
Great!! Why was I so lucky?? Know what did I do? I prayed I will survive until get back to Japan. I really couldn't imagine what will be happening next.
At 5.50am, passengers still runshing to check in for 6.00am flight. Ours? We immediately get on board after 5 min we checked in.
The moment I sat on my chair, I was really wiping my cold sweat.
*Pray... Pray... Pray...* Nothing more happen again, please~
Ah~ I finally could get away from New Orleans. I know I'm not going to forget you, with all the "memories" you gave me.
It was such a nice feeling to land on Memphis International Airport safely.
It was very interesting to see shoes polishing booth to be found in the airport. Such a fresh scene for fish fish.
A lot of people busy having breakfast. I had no appetite, skipped. No time too, my connection time was a short one.
Ok, can anyone tell me what is a memphis traditional food?
I said bye bye to Memphis again after a very short stop.
Now, I have my mood to appreciate the nice cloud sea, and gulping on my nutritious bar.
Yes!! I finally get my feet landed on the next destination, Raleigh.
Here I started with my one-fish journey. ^_^
To be cont.