Drove to the airport with plenty of time to spare only to find that the flight was delayed. I pretty much read Ham On Rye before even getting on the plane. Eventually boarded and discovered that applying for a nut-free meal really worked in my favour. The airline had to seat me so that noone in my vicinity would be eating nuts either, which meant I got a window seat and extra legroom! yay!
When I visited Red Penguin that first time in Paris, I was tremendously scared and nervous, but strangely I didn’t feel the same about visiting Vile. Despite the fact that I was going to be staying with him.
Flight was okay, the films on offer sucked and they seemed to be mainly showing repeats of The Avengers (tv series) and Friends, so finished reading Ham On Rye and got a fair way through Fay.
Landed and entered Atlanta airport hell. It’s so confusing! Immigration – baggage collection I – customs – recheck baggage – train – baggage collection II. Seemed to take forever and I was always worried I was queuing in the wrong place all the time.
Was quite amusing though as I felt I was in an episode of Sesame Street, because of the accents, but mainly because airport staff kept repeating the same things over and over to different people to check that you understood.
Finally stepped off the train and entered the terminal building. Spotted Bill immediately, couldn’t miss him! He waded over and it was so good to see him.
Ran off quickly to collect my bag as I spotted it rotating around the carousel, was very confused that baggage collection was so open and next to the exits. Anyone could have grabbed and walked off with my possesions.
Was all of a whirl when Vile walked us over to his beamer. So glad to have made it to Atlanta and hyped from my journey.
Got bad news when Bill told me that Red couldn’t make it after all. Silly bird!
Didn’t see a great deal of Atlanta on the way to Bill’s house. It was quite foggy. Kept freaking slightly as he undertook cars, except that he wasn’t, we were just on the other side of the road. That took a bit of getting used to. Very weird to be sat in the “driver’s” seat with no steering wheel.
Arrived at his house and it was just so great! Just as I had imagined but somehow better. Was highly amused by the US flag hanging outside, even though I had seen it in pictures.
Met Loretta and Quince immediately as they proceded to maul and gnaw me.
Kati was home. Thought she ws lovely, made me very welcome. We sat and got acquainted for a little while then I freshened up and they took me out for pizza at Grant Central.
Bill and I ordered a medium veggie pizza to share, good grief it was huge! We didn’t even vaguely finish it and thus was introduced to the concept of a real doggy bag for the first time.
After feasting we then did a brief visit to the Star Bar. Sat downstairs and had a drink. Everything was feeling pretty strange by this point.
Went back to the house and Vile determined to keep me up in an effort to curtail jet lag. He insisted that I watch Raising Arizona. Kati ended up going to bed and Bill and I stayed up late, watched the film and gossiped.