Jul. 16th, 2011 06:41 pm
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I now have pictures posted about our trip! No titles, or captions as of yet. There's a bunch of them and I'm lazy today.

Here they are:
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We took a shuttle to the Super 8 in Atlanta. It was a nice drive through heavy traffic. The roads there are much nicer than those in Oklahoma. I don't think we hit the obligatory patch of rough asphalt anywhere. And there were trees! Big trees. And crazy drivers, but I think you're gonna find that anywhere.

No room at the inn )
We were, at that point, lost in the world with no room and no happiness.

I'm going to eat, see if I can upload pictures and then I'll be back in a bit to write some more.
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So we flew into Atlanta. The worlds busiest airport. REALLY. That's what they told us, anyway. We touched down and walked through the umbilical to the airport and it was very big and very long. AND so much better than I remember it. The last time I was there was in... oh... 2003? 2004? and it was not so human oriented, or perhaps it was, but I was a whole nuther person back then.

Now adays, there's color everywhere, places to eat, to buy, to sleep, to smoke. Yes! To Sleep! You can rent a room right there IN THE AIRPORT to take a snooze in for 30.00 for the first hour. They didn't tell us what the other hours cost.

I think that is so cool! Heck, give me a tiny little cubical, like they had in the 5th Element, and I'll be fine and dandy. Just don't charge me 30.00 for it. Airports definitely have a need for these things, though. Having slept in more than one airport, I will vouch there are plenty of travelers who need a bit of sleep and wouldn't mind paying for it.

So, Shannon and I took the short walk from our terminal in Concourse C and found the escalator that lead down to the lower levels, the magic sidewalks and the trains to hell. The magic sidewalks are those moving sidewalks that you walk on while they move. Okay, so I'm easily impressed. The trains from hell is because the air that is being moved through the tunnel as the train moves from station to station howls like a legion of the damned. Another cool and a bit disturbing thing.

Last time I was there, I don't remember the train. I do remember the moving walkways. I don't remember the escalators. Maybe I do. But I thought they were in Cincinnati. Oh well. I got to ride a train, even if it was from terminal C to Terminal T - the last stop. That is terminal T as in Terminal, as in Terminal Terminal.

Terminal T leads to the Baggage Claim, the MARTA (mass transit, which I won't get to ride until next time we go to Atlanta), food and ground access. Taxis and such. And telephones to call Hotels and shuttles.

While we were there in the Baggage area, and since we were there in the Baggage area, I figured I'd let my natural paranoia have a run and used an automated "Where is my baggage?" Kiosk to see where our baggage was.

One, the one that was registered to Shannon - showed to be sitting in the Atlanta terminal waiting to take the flight to Punta Cana. The other bag, the one that had all of our clothes in it - showed to have been scanned in Tulsa - twice, but didn't go anywhere else.

We nabbed a woman named Marlene who worked in the Baggage area and asked her about the bag that did NOT show to have made it to Atlanta and she assured us, ASSURED us, that the bag was just sitting in the international area, waiting to be put on a plane.

Yeah. She lied to us. She had no earthly idea where our bag was and she had no earthly idea what the message on the Baggage Kiosk meant, and she wasn't going to own up to that. We didn't know that she was a bold faced liar at the time.

So, safe and secure in the Knowledge that our bags were safely tucked away, we went in search of a hotel. There was a bank of phones against the wall, just next to the MARTA station. And as much as I wanted to ride the train, *sigh*, finding a place for the night takes precedence, I guess.

I looked over the offerings and saw one that said 49.99! Pick us! Free shuttle! Faster than you could say "Pokemon, I choose you!" I dialed up the Super 8, checked that they had rooms available and had them send the shuttle for the two of us. Coolios and quick, we stepped out into the Atlanta heat and headed to Section 32 of the Waitoutsideintheheatfortheshuttle spot to wait on our pick up.

Okay. It's midnight, and I know I didn't write much. I'll see if I can write more tomorrow.
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I guess.. at the beginning.
The Dominican Republic and back )
Tomorrow (It's 11 pm and then some), I'll continue with the story in a chapter called "What do you mean you don't know where it is?"
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Tomorrow morning, sometime around still dark, Shannon and I will be taking off for beautiful Punta Cana, in the Dominican Republic. It's raining there. It will be raining for a week. The same week we will be there, interestingly enough. Still, I expect there to be adventure and fun and all sorts of things to see and do. There will be pictures, which I may post if it weren't so time consuming to label all of them. I haven't even posted the pictures from Alaska yet and that was a year ago!

July 6th was the day we got married in Seattle Washington, which makes this our anniversary trip. That was a story in and of itself, which I guess I should write someday. Here's hoping that this adventure will be less stressful!

I would be lying to say that I'm not a bit concerned about this trip. The Cancerian native in me is nervous because it's far, far away and who knows what will happen. The old man in me says "Eh, so what? Enjoy it, kiddo, cuz it may the a once in a lifetime thing."

I guess that's my message to you all.

I'll see you when I get back. Oh, and I'm feeling a strong desire to see my Death Cloak. Just saying.

Play nice and try to enjoy the ride. That's what I'm going to be doing.


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