What did I forget? My cell phone. I didn’t discover this until my friend had dropped me off at the airport and left, which is wonderfully ironic. It also turns out that the wireless Internet at the Gainesville airport was on the fritz, despite having been quite reliable in the past. Without any way to get back to my house in time, I was left with the daunting task of relaying my predicament to my other friend on the other end of the journey in Los Angeles.
This is the story of how Barnes & Noble and Facebook saved the day.
With no cell phone and no memory of the numbers of the various people I would have called in
that moment (I have terrible memory to begin with, so a cell phone makes it quite easy to avoid memorizing long strings of numbers), it came to me to figure out how to get a message to the appropriate party. In comes the Nook. For some reason, the wireless worked remarkably well on my Nook, but not on my laptop. Anyone who has a Nook knows that the device has a little browser. It’s not very good in terms of its ease of use (the Nook is an eReader, not an iPad, after all), but I managed to get on Facebook and relay a message to my friend. Wonderful.
Having averted that crisis, I got on the plane and headed towards Miami, where I would catch a flight to Los Angeles. I should mention that during this flight, which was on a plane with propellers for some stupid reason, the Captain decided that it would be a lovely idea to intentionally fly through a storm. On top of that, he actually announced it to us, which was a tad annoying. He could have easily gone around it. In any case, for a good five minutes the plane was doing the equivalent of skidding back and forth, along with huge drops and other terrifying things. Planes should not have propellers anymore. It's insanity. Thankfully, we made it to Miami in one piece, but not without a little soiling on my part...
|The sea of white fluffy things...|
|This is how I calm my nerves: Häagen-Dazs|
|The plane, boss, get in the plane!|
|Look, it's a Loopdilou Monster!|