Today I took a trip the details of which I care not to completely divulge.
Friday, November 18, 2016
One day when I feel that it is appropriate I’ll talk about everything, although it’s nothing unprecedented nor earthshaking. Early in the morning, I headed to the port authority station on 42nd St. and eighth Avenue. I was due for a 10:30 AM plane to fly to Jacksonville Florida, where I would meet a friend, that evening.
I made a conscious decision to leave early in the morning so that I would miss any potential traffic from the business day. That strategy was successful as I had a smooth and short ride to the airport on a small but comfortable bus shuttle. I especially appreciated the fact that the bus featured seat belts, as so many of them do not.
The plane was on time and the ride was pleasant. I had an opportunity to work on editing my videos on the plane. I had to be careful to position my screen so that no one would be able to view the project on which I was working. This, of course, was because I was editing the vignette in which my most private orifice is being penetrated by a sticky lollipop. I preferred not to shock the older couple in the seat behind me, and fortunately, they didn’t see the content on which I was working.
I got a little nervous on the flight because while I was processing a batch of video frames that numbered in the thousands, the pilot requested that we put away our laptops and electronic devices in anticipation of landing. I didn’t want to cancel the batch of processing on which I was working, so I carefully hid the laptop under the seat next to me which happened to be open. The flight attendant was none the wiser for it.
After I arrived at the Jacksonville Florida airport, which is, by the way, more modern and serene than I might initially give credit, I decided to immediately travel to a shopping center which featured a movie theater. I hoped that I would have just enough time to have a short lunch and then catch an early viewing of the film, Fantastic Beasts and How to Find Them.
I was pleased to find that the theater, the hotel, and a Red Lobster restaurant were all in quite close proximity. I rushed to the Red Lobster and speedily ingested a pleasant if industrial-tasting shrimp lunch, and then hustled through a vast parking lot to reach the movie theater. Happily, I successfully accomplished all of those tasks before settling into the movie, which had not yet started. It was so typical of suburban movie theaters that my 1:40 PM showing included no one in the theater but me.
I enjoyed the film, which was a successful addition to what is now the “Harry Potter Universe.” It makes me laugh that in so many cases there’s always another buck to be made. Unfortunately, I won’t be the one making the bucks.
After the movie, I managed to wrangle an Uber back to the hotel. The distance, in any other circumstance, would be extremely short to walk but given that I was in the middle of Interstate Land it was nearly impossible to walk what would’ve been the few blocks from the movie theater to the hotel. Not a sidewalk to footbridge or not easement could be found.
I checked into the Red Roof Inn a motor lodge with a quite ominous forest lying right behind the buildings and settled in for the evening. The accommodations were spartan but clean and comfortable. I woke up very early The next day to catch a 7:30 AM flight back to LaGuardia and took public transportation from the airport back to my home.