Monday, October 13, 2014 9:00pm- 7:00pm CST
I am soooooo happy right now as I just finished the best meal I have had since June. You guessed it; I was able to dine on fine ‘airplane cuisine’! Trying to describe the quality of ‘airplane food’ to someone who has never been able to have such a luxury is as difficult as trying to convey how great grandkids are to someone who has never had that pleasure. OK; we will start at the beginning. My daughter was going to take me to the airport but she got roped into going to the State Fair. Therefore Linda and her sister Ellen were going to take me. With Linda’s expertise (I use the word expertise extremely loosely) at navigational skills; the question was simply this: would I arrive in Douala first or Linda in Garland! Well, it was supposed to rain this morning (and it did) so one of our lovely elder’s wives volunteered her husband last night at church to carry me. So, Kurt Simmons picked me up at 6:50 or so and we headed to DFW. There was a wreck on George Bush so it was slow going for 30 or so minutes but we made it to the airport with no problems. Kurt has made 5 or 6 trips to Cameroon and I always enjoy time with him. I got my boarding pass with no problem and for some reason I had Pre TSA check on my boarding pass which meant I could leave my computer in the backpack and keep my shoes on! Flight was 45 minutes late getting out of Dallas but we arrived in New York with no problems. I was able to Skype with Linda and Charlie Brown. I showed him the airplane I would fly on plus the waiting area and he was rather impressed. Not too hard to impress a 5 year old. Oh; the pictures below are of two of our grandsons and my 3rd favorite child: on the left is Junior with one of his more intelligent poses; in the middle is Charlie Brown and on the right my little girl, Bapp. Flight out of JFK was a few minutes early and the flight is not full. Have been flying for about 2 or three hours. Oh; I have an exit row and when I gave my boarding pass the woman said in a questioning way: are you able to handle an exit row? I told her that my name was not Teresa Blaisdell so of course the answer is yes. When I get to be Teresa’s age it may be a problem. I have done some reading and am fixin to watch one or two episodes of Walker, Texas Ranger or The Rockford Files. I do this in honor of Rob Foster and Tucker Harding who went with me in June of last year. Walker, Texas Ranger is Rob’s favorite all-time program while The Rockford Files is Tucker’s. I may or may not write more before I land. My brother Don will meet me in Paris at the gate. I arrive at 6:45am while he does not blow in until 8:35. Our flight is scheduled to leave for Douala at 11am.
Tuesday, October 14, 2014 8:15am-1:15am CST
Flight went well. I was able to read and sleep for a few hours. We landed on schedule and I got my exercise walking to the bus to take me to my terminal. The Paris airport is my least favorite airport in the world as it takes forever to get from one place to another. For example, if you were in 2E and flying out of 2B you have to get on a bus that takes about 15 minutes to get you to your place. I am waiting on Don as his flight is supposed to land in about 15 minutes. I still have to get my boarding pass as American Airlines cannot do that for me in Dallas as we are flying Air France. I am charging my ‘African Phone’ and now have my computer fully charged so I am ready for the flight. We are scheduled to take off at 11am and arrive in Douala at 4:30 this afternoon. I am excited about getting to my second home! Oh; I also wrote my postcards to the grandkids and a few other select people. I buy them a trip ahead and then address and write them on the way over so once I get there I only have to drop them at the Post Office.
Tuesday, October 14, 2014 1:50pm-6:50am CST
There is 7 hours between Paris and CST but 6 from Douala. I am in mourning as I just finished my last airplane meal. Two bright spots; I will get to do it again in about 3 weeks and the food in Cameroon is really good. Don’s flight was on schedule (actually early) and we met at the gate. It was good to see him again. He lives in Idaho so the only time I see him is in Cameroon or at funerals. Our flight took off about 30 minutes late but they have some time built in so we are on schedule to land on time. I have now been up for about 24 hours with 2 hours sleep but feel fine. I have a very high energy level and pray that will continue. I assume when I reach TB’s age I will slow down. That gives me 14 more years! Am going to go over some things regarding the campaign; then look at all of the material for our trip in February and possibly squeeze in another TV show.
Tuesday, October 14, 2014 10:00pm-4:00pm CST
First things first: I just had a wonderful sip of an ice cold Coke Light from my freezer in my hotel room! Back to the mundane: didn’t get any more sleep on the flight from Paris so should sleep well tonight. Figure to get in bed by midnight. Jean Claude, Mary, Cyprian and Julien met us. The airport is under some serious renovation so the process of getting through Customs was much slower. No problems and once we got through our bags were waiting on us. Hotel bus picked us at the airport and traffic was heavy near the hotel. Don came down to my room and we ate supper together. A wonderful bunch of delicacies but still no match for ‘airplane food’ or my famous recipes. Did you know that people as far away as Mesquite have heard of my prowess around a stove! I have been unpacking and was able to Skype with Grandma and Charlie Brown. He was on Green today so that was good. I am fixin to tie up a few loose ends, take a shower and hit the sack. Thanks for much for your continued prayers.