reappropriate

Wednesday, February 16, 2005

Cacti cacti everywhere and not a drop to drink

And so begins my first West Coast entry of reappropriate. Here I am in sunny (and yes I do mean sunny) Tucson, Arizona. A big city, very sprawling, everything is beautiful and sandy and there are real, live cacti growing alongside the road! Yes, this is the most striking thing thus far. Let me start with the plane ride. It was cramped and exhausting. And I do mean exhausting. I was comatose for the shuttle ride to Syracuse, nose deep in scientific journals for the trip from Syracuse to Chicago. Speaking of which, there should be legalized sterilization for dumb parents. Seated two rows ahead of me was a couple probably no more than five years my senior, bouncing three blonde-haired little boys (all aged 4-6) back and forth across the aisle. That wouldn't have been so annoying if the boys didn't feel the need to literally alternate crying. Between the three of them, they kept up a nonstop cacophony of shrieking, squealing, screaming, and sobbing throughout the entire two hour plane ride. And me trying to concentrate on a paper called "Glutamergic Innervation of the heart Initiates Retrograde Contractions in Adult Drosophila melanogaster". The plane was late into Chicago because it was blizzarding in Syracuse and we had to get our wings de-iced (yes, that was a comforting thought... wait an extra twenty minutes so we weren't flying a winged ice cube into the clouds), so when I got to Chicago, I had to race from one end of O'Hare to the other. It took me twenty minutes and I jogged the whole way, boarded with literally one minute to spare. The flight to Tucson was less irritating. But did you know that you have to pay for in-flight meals now? Yes, because I didn't get a chance to stop at a MickeyD's at Chicago, I was forced to spend $10 on an (admittedly yummy) Chicken Caeser wrap on the plane. Okay, they threw in a cookie, too. I was also seated next to this seemingly neurotic woman who couldn't sit still but who was otherwise sweet. She had brought two dogs with her as carry-on luggage. Weird? Imagine how I felt when she told me she actually bought an extra seat for them. So here I am in Tucson. My hosts are wonderful people. And, better than I had ever imagined, I actually get a room here, with Internet access, my own bathroom, an iron, and elevation from the rest of the house; the guest room is up a flight of winding stairs. I'll keep you all posted, but right now I'm just doing my best to pick myself up from the tatters that was me post-7 hours on a plane, and look semi-decent for this BBQ tonight. (Oh, and btw, everyone please keep posted for another reappropriate first: last night I had a chance to chat with the real live Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, a sweet and wonderful person. You might know him as Shang Tsung from Mortal Kombat, but that's certainly not all he's played over the years. I will be posting the interview article shortly -- it will be hopefully written on my return flight to Ithaca. YOUR SOUL IS MINE!!!!)

8 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

So Cary was on the up and up, then. That's cool, Jenn...and let me know how that Arizona atmosphere is treating you!

- Terrence

2/20/2005 02:30:00 PM  
Blogger nuckyblue said...

He judged Miss USA 1997. He chose the woman who ended up winning Miss Universe. Hee.

But seriously, have a blast...enjoy the warmth for all of us.

2/20/2005 06:44:00 PM  
Blogger Jenn said...

he did? shit man, i shoulda asked him about that for you :)

2/21/2005 12:08:00 PM  
Blogger nuckyblue said...

OMG, it's totally useless trivia that means almost nothing. Except to wackos like me.

Meanwhile, I am logey, so I send you love and bedtime huggles. mmwah!

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