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Kansas City, Missouri, United States
Saturday, April 8, 2017

B4 made it back from her business trip on time, arriving home this morning around 1:00am. Her alarm went off at 6:00 so she could prepare. Our flight is at 12:35. I called for an Uber at 10:20. Eric arrived in his Cadillac DeVille after about a five minute wait. He couldn't fit our bags in his trunk because it was too full so they rode in his passenger side front seat on top of the dirt and old leaves he had stored there. Cheap rides come at a price.


Joe wished us a fond farewell at the front door.

I tried online check in for our flights but AA refused; maybe it is because my old passport expired and I have a new one with a different number now. (I updated my AAdvantage profile a long time ago, but...) Funny, my new passport feels wimpy, skinny, like one a rookie would carry. Before, with two extra 24-page packets added (a regular passport has 28 pages in it), my old book told airline check-in agents, Homeland Security personnel and hotel clerks that I was a man of the world, a global traveler, someone to be reckoned with. But, it expired Now, my new wimpy little booklet says, "Here's a guy that decided to take a trip outside the country...probably for the first time. Be aware because he probably doesn't know what he's doing." Somehow, I'm disturbed by that. Anyway, we're on leg number one to O'Hare.


As much as I dislike the OLD Kansas City International Airport and am completely in favor of building a brand new single terminal here, I was impressed with the remodeling project under way at American Airlines, Gate 82. They are adding new restrooms, a nursing mothers lounge and, most impressive, a "Service Animal Relief Area." Only in America. Oh, yeah. We ran into Jeff who, along with B4 took a picture next to the "Area" so they could send it to JoAnn, a dear mutual friend.

Posted by paulej4 07:45 Archived in USA

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