A shrieking whistle breaks the dark silence of the room. I roll over with a dazed groan and slam on the snooze.
5:00 a.m. "Why do the nights go so much quicker than the days?", I ask myself as I roll back over in a futile attempt to relish the extra seven minutes I've been granted by the neon globe on my night stand.
5:02 a.m. There are a few things I can see without my glasses in the dim light of the morning, and this is one of them: Seven extra minutes are not going to compensate for last night's fun. It's time to get moving or I'm going to be late.
After stumbling down the stairs and into the shower, I regain consciousness and hurry to get ready. It's all planned out. Five minutes to shower (o.k. ten), five minutes to brush teeth, comb hair, etc., ten minutes to put on my face.
5:35 a.m. In a mad dash I race from the house to my car in a desperate attempt to "miss" the sub-zero temperatures outside. Impatiently I wait for my car to grind to a start and shiver against the ice cube on which I am sitting. After a couple of minutes it idles down and I turn the heat on "3", click the locks, slam the door, and dash back inside to change into my uniform.
My uniform. If you can call it that. One gigantic bolt of cloth might be a better word for it. Whoever chose these denim skirts and blouses must have been out of their gourd. I pull on my socks and run back down the stairs, a little more awake this time.
5:42 a.m. Good. I succeeded. I am all ready to go and still have time for my breakfast ritual. Two pieces of toast with honey. I pop them in the toaster and get butter and honey ready. Knife at hand and paper towel on table, I grab the toast from the toaster and prepare. I'm running a lit...
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...!," I exclaim. Now that I know the destination, I 'm not quite as jealous. Skiing's never been the most enjoyable activity for uncoordinated me.
"Well, do you have a long layover here?"
"About three hours."
"That would give you time to think about it and decide."
"Yes, I think you are right. It's just gorgeous. It's hard to pass up. I'll have to get my husband and talk it over with him."
"That sounds like a great idea! I'll just tuck it back in the case here and it will be right here waiting for you when you get back.
"Thank you very much you have been sooo helpful," she says almost condescendingly and as she walks out the door promises that, "I'll be back!" I turn around to resume my "lean" against the counter and find a customer waiting to make his purchase.
"Hello!", I say as I greet him.
And so begins another day at the airport.
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