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               Thursday, June 13 2002 

Having a plan is halfway there

Neither of my sons and I have ever had a falling out. The thing that made me closest to "mad" at them happened in, I believe, 1990. We were visiting my parents in Altoona and made a side trip to Washington and Hershey. We'd all expressed the expectation that the highlight of the trip to the boys would be the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum, to which we arrived at 10 minutes of 5, which turned out to be 10 minutes before closing. I was flabbergasted. I'd toured Washington a number of times and always enjoyed national museums in the evening, so for the most important one to be closing so early in the high tourist season was inexplicable.

Knowing we couldn't stay to try again in the morning, being scheduled for weeks to be at Hershey the next morning for a national competition in which a local girl was competing, giving me an "assignment" for the local (San Jose) newspapers I was editing at the time, we had no choice but to drive on. Figuring that the boys, 16 and 14 years old at the time, without having said as much, were blaming me for the miscalculation that disappoints 12 years later, I turned the tables. I knew, and so informed them, that when I was their age I'd have been poring over the AAA tourbooks every day to make sure we didn't miss anything on this trip of a lifetime.

But neither of them had done any planning or research...it just wasn't in their makeup. Leaving it up to Dad was fine by them. This comes back to me now because I've been at it again, planning another trip, the first major vacation we've taken together since that one. By the summer of '91 they had too many personal commitments, then they had part-time jobs that didn't provide vacations, and it's only now that they can afford to take time off for their first career-building jobs.

I'd paid Mike's airfare to an England, Scotland, and Ireland trip last summer, so when my Turkey/Greece dreams for this year went up in smoke, I offered a similar trip to Kevin this year. Mike had enjoyed last year's so much that he offered to join us at his own expense, but again I'm making all the arrangements. Mike first said he'd join us "over there," but as we considered the exigencies and realized booking together would be more economical, we quickly decided to share the same itinerary.

Mike expressed a special desire to visit Paris, so that is replacing Edinburgh and other Scottish sites this year. This time, we plan to major in Northern Ireland, my having learned that both the most interesting St. Patrick sites and the origins of our branch of Kennedys are there. Looking for bargains and figuring out how the impossible goal of two months hence can be accomplished is part of a trip's excitement. Always, writing in a calendar which place we're planning to be in at that future day gets the adrenalin flowing.

I've taken a trip around the world with my brother Bob, two trips to the U.K. and Ireland with late brother Tom, and every time it's fallen on me to do all the planning. When I'm ready to semi-retire, I hope I'll be able to organize some trips (maybe "Nanty Glo to Nantyglo." for one) that will let me take Home Page friends along...and give them the privilege of paying my fare in exchange of the service!

—Webmaster Jon Kennedy

In-flight funnies (series)

In light of all the recent air security that's been put in place, crew members try to lighten the mood. Here are (allegedly) real examples of how they make the in-flight "safety lecture" and their other announcements a bit more entertaining.

From the pilot during his welcome message: "Delta airlines is pleased to have some of the best flight attendants in the industry. Unfortunately, none of them are on this flight."

On Southwest Airlines just after a very hard landing in Salt Lake City, the flight attendant came on the intercom and said, "That was quite a bump, and I know what y'all are thinking. I'm here to tell you it wasn't the airline's fault, it wasn't the pilot's fault, it wasn't the flight attendant's fault...it was the asphalt!"

— Sent by Trudy Myers

Thought for today

Humor is also a way of saying something serious.

— T.S. Eliot

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