Saturday, March 24, 2007

Two Down, Two To Go!

I just heard Mrs. TBF's flight taking off for London. We are less than ten kilometers/six miles from Basel Airport; I often watch the planes taking off and landing, and I like to monitor where they are going to/coming from on the EuroAirport website.

I know, I'm a nerd...

Mrs. TBF is on her way to Atlanta via London and Chicago. She had a stroke of luck when her travel department called her and asked if she'd mind making a connection in Chicago because it was much cheaper than flying from London directly to Atlanta. Jo Mama (Mrs. TBF's mom) lives outside of Chicago.

Mrs. TBF doesn't mind.

So, instead of leaving on Sunday or Monday like she normally would, she ended up leaving early this morning so that she could spend some time with her mom in the northwest suburbs of Chicago. Of course, that meant that I had to get up early (for the second time this week) - on a SATURDAY MORNING, mind you - to drive Mrs. TBF to the airport. I dropped her off at 6:15 a.m. OUCH!

Tomorrow morning, I will be driving the Expatters to Zurich Airport for their triumphant return to the U.S. I have to be at their house - on a SUNDAY MORNING, mind you - at 7:00 a.m.! DOUBLE OUCH! We're going in two cars, and I don't know how we're all going to be divided up, but I do know that Grady will be in the Jeep with me. It's been a long time since there was a dog in the Jeep.

Kirk suggested that he and Gretchen go in one car, and that I take Grady and Baby.


I thought that was it as far as morning runs to the airport go, but I forgot that I also have to pick up Jo Mama at Zurich Airport on Thursday morning at 11:00 a.m. when she arrives for a two-week stay. That one's not so bad; I'll just take the 9:42 a.m. train from Basel to Zurich Airport. I find the train very comforting; reading the paper, drinking an overpriced coffee, listening to music on the iPod. Plus, I like the fact that when I flush after taking a pee on the train that my pee is just dripping down onto the tracks.

...lots of TBF DNA scattered about the Swiss rail system. I like to think of it as leaving a legacy.

As fate would have it, Mrs. TBF and Jo Mama will both be arriving in Switzerland on Thursday morning. However, Jo Mama will be arriving in Zurich, and Mrs. TBF will be arriving in Basel. We booked Jo Mama's ticket for her direct flight from Chicago to Zurich on Swiss a few months back. Mrs. TBF hates flying overseas on Swiss, so she opted to stick with British Airways.

Once these early-morning airport shuttles are done, the next early-morning drive to the airport will be when I take the 7:00 a.m. flight to London on April 18th to connect for a flight to Chicago.

I'll have no problem waking up early on April 18th!


Global Librarian said...

GLH also likes using the restroom on a train.

For the same reason.

What is it with you men?

Bobby The C said...

Is it just me or am I sensing a want and or desire to come back to Chicago????

Could it be that you will soon be making your triumphant return???

I will pick you up from the airport in the Excursion with all of your belongings (with room to spare) and deliver you to your LakeShore Drive condo if that is the plan.

For now, I will have to continue to disect the subtle hints....

The Big Finn said...

GL - We feel a need to mark our turf.

TMS - Yes, I feel a need to come back to Chicago about three to four times per year. That'll have to do for now because there are no plans to move back to the U.S. in the immediate future.

Unknown said...

LOL - yes I'm well aware of the swiss train toilet system...

Ah all this traveling is making me sick. Can I please just be let out of the country??? Maybe you could help write a letter to immigration telling them my need to travel!

Enjoy your trips to Zurich airport! And yes I'd take the train too. Quite frankly I used to enjoy my journeys.

CanadianSwiss said...

Ahhh, Cheer up. What's the worry? You can sleep in on Monday, Tuesday AND Wednesday PLUS stay up as late as you want from Sunday on, too.