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Eighteen hours from right now, Iíll be sitting in a 737 heading toward Los Angeles. I think. On second thought, Iíll probably be in the terminal at LAX waiting to get on a 777 to Brisbane. Either way, Iíll be on my way to Australia.

I think Iíve got everything ready to go. My bags are almost packed. The big bag thatís going to be checked is packed. My carry-on (carrion?) bag is just waiting for my laptop and mouse and it will be ready. I have a book to read, as well.

I hope this flight is smoother than the flight over that I took in 2015. I was shuffled all over on that trip. Boston to Washington to San Francisco to Los Angeles to Auckland, New Zealand to Brisbane. I had to get off the plane at each stop, then re-board, even though I had the same seat from Boston to LAX. By the time I got to Brisbane, I felt like a wet dishrag.

Iíve been really worked up about this trip for the last couple of days, but now, Iím very tired and Iím glad that nearly everything is done. I just have to run a load of laundry in the morning, so that Iíll have clean sheets on the bed when I return in two months.

I checked in on the flight to LAX this afternoon. Iíll be getting complimentary beverages on that flight. The flight from LAX to Brisbane will give me a breakfast! I remember when airlines gave meals on almost every flight. They finally got wise to the fact that they donít have to. Pity. I bet the air fares didnít come down when they stopped feeding people, though.

Everything has a surreal quality at present. I guess thatís from emotional overload. I feel like a real space shot. I hope I donít forget anything. My printed ticket and passport are in the carry-on. I have a hat and my sunglasses in there as well as my daily meds. Iíve also got my folding cane in the carry-on. I have a feeling that Iím going to want it once I get off the plane. My ankle will probably feel like a toothache. Iím going to leave my watch set to Eastern (USA) Time. That way, Iíll know when I should take my daily pills. Iím going to skip taking my Furosemide until Iím in Australia, though. Having to go pee every ten minutes for a couple of hours while flying is not a best case scenario.

I talked to Melia briefly this afternoon. She said that the prevailing winds have blown the wildfires far enough away that the farm is not in danger. And even if the winds should shift, the fires have moved far enough away that there should be no danger then, as well. She also said that thereís a lot of smoke in the air from the fires. Well; even with the smoke, Iím really looking forward to being there.

I made out my Christmas cards last week. I had decided that I wasnít going to send any out this year, but itís something I really love doing. It was a rainy day and I was feeling restless, so I just sat down and put on some Trans-Siberian Orchestra and started addressing and stamping envelopes. David has agreed to mail them for me after Thanksgiving. I guess Iíll be helping Melia decorate the house for Christmas; I certainly wonít be decorating mine.

I should try to get some sleep, but Iím wide awake. Maybe thatís a good thing. Maybe that means Iíll sleep soundly on the plane. I can hope so, anyway.

In a little over twelve hours from now, the Adventure begins!
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Iím at the airport. I got here something like 3 Ĺ hours early, but thatís OK. Iíd much rather be early that show up late and miss my flight.

I thing I remembered everything. The trash was put out, the thermostat was turned down to 55 and the water heater was set to the Vacation setting. The power to the garage was shut off and the door into the house locked. The Roadster is sitting upright on the wheel chock; the gas tank is full of premium treated with SeaFoam and the petcock was shut off and the engine run until all the gas in the carb was gone. There are clean sheets on the bed and clean towels in the bathroom. The only problem Iím having is a headache that just wonít go away. Itís not a migraine, however, so Iím hoping that the two extra strength Tylenol I just took will take care of it.

There are a number of restaurants by the gates. I checked my bag, which is checked all the way to Brisbane. I wonít see it again until I arrive in Australia. I went through the TSA line. I took off my boots, emptied my pockets, opened my carrion bag and took out my laptop. Put my wallet, watch and glasses in a little plastic bin along with the contents of my emptied pockets, went through the X-ray and had an inspector run a wand along the sides of my body; then I got to put everything back.

Anyhow, back to the restaurants, thereís a Gold Star Chili, Chick filly, McDís, Brueggerís Bagels, a candy store and a few other businesses and a fossilized skeleton of a Mammoth. I ate lunch Ė a magnificent McRib combo meal. It may have been a McDonalds. But the quality and price were definitely of Airport caliber.

Hereís a little secret, if you promise not to spread it around; I like McRib sandwiches. Theyíre not in the same league as, say, Jimís Smokiní Que or Velvet Smoke; hell, theyíre not in the same league as any halfway decent BBQ. But they are in the same league as Tinaís Red Hot Beef Burritos and White Castles. Theyíre good in spite of being so bad.

Well; Itís time to wander towards my gate. Next stop Ė LAX!
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