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Jay Lake
Date: 2013-12-09 06:01
Subject: [personal|travel] Leaving Omaha for the last time
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Tags:cancer, death, dreams, health, omaha, personal, portland, radiantlisa, travel
More weird, restless sleep, with weird, restless dreams. Something about the weather, or the heater in my hotel room, or my unsettled spirit, has kept me awake nights. This time it was vehicular arson as part of some large coverup, except I was very bad at cleaning up evidence of my misdeeds. The car in question in my dream was my first car, an orange 1976 Datsun 710 station wagon I drove in college. Not hard to interpret what that means, really. All in keeping with the melancholy of my visit here.

A friend who has been out of town all this past week is meeting me for breakfast, then taking me to the airport. American Airlines yesterday cancelled my flight this morning. Getting rebooked involved spending over an hour on hold with the Aadvantage Platinum desk (apparently hold times for the main desk were running closer to twenty-four hours). I am dubious of my new connection through Chicago O'Hare, mostly because of ORD's chronic problems with delivering timely wheelchair transfers. Basically, in my experience they are incapable of doing so at that airport.

None of that matters so long as I get home tonight. Today is Lisa Costello's birthday, the last one I will likely ever be alive for, and I'd like to see here thereupon, and I have two oncology appointments tomorrow. So, yeah, this terminal cancer patient really needs to get home today.

Even so, my weather karma has brought not only deeply subfreezing temperatures and inches of snow to Omaha, it appears to be doing the same to Portland today. Unseasonable here in Nebraska, almost unheard of their in our part of Oregon.

And I'll have the long trip home to think about how I feel about having been here one last time.

Wish me luck, I'm going to need it.

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Agent Mimi
User: agent_mimi
Date: 2013-12-09 13:36 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Best of luck with everything today, Jay -- especially O'Hare. At least it'll be 25F and sunny with no breeze today, which is an improvement, if not a vast improvement.
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Matthew S. Rotundo: Typewriter
User: matthewsrotundo
Date: 2013-12-09 14:27 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:Typewriter
Safe travels, man.
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mlerules: Safe Travels
User: mlerules
Date: 2013-12-09 17:26 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:Safe Travels
Good luck! <3
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paulcarp
User: paulcarp
Date: 2013-12-09 17:37 (UTC)
Subject: Good luck & good fortune
I read, in a recent Fortune magazine, that Omaha is America's most inconveniently located city.

And, I wish you the luck, as you need it.
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Les
User: tenacious_snail
Date: 2013-12-09 18:25 (UTC)
Subject: Good Luck!
I was lucky to only have to spend an hour in ORD today. I hope your flight goes as smoothly.
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threeoutside
User: threeoutside
Date: 2013-12-09 19:53 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Good luck with your flights and ORD. It was good seeing you again.
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martianmooncrab
User: martianmooncrab
Date: 2013-12-09 20:08 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
its not going to get cold wet and sloppy til tomorrow, its still pretty clear and dry here... fingers crossed you get through OHare to catch the homebound flight.
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zahraa
User: zahraa
Date: 2013-12-09 23:29 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I spent five hours at ORD last night, about 1/3 of it sitting one or another plane on the tarmac. It wasn't pretty. Good luck.
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