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Friday, February 26, 2010

Apparently, this is what I'm going back to

It's been C.O.L.D. in Nashville.  Everyone here rushes to tell you that it is "unusually cold".

Well, I understand it's been unusually snowy - even for North Jersey.

Ms. Conroy says that West Milford, NJ got 37 inches of snow.  That's a record, apparently.

She slept at the EMT Squad House last night because she was on call and didn't want to not be able to respond to an emergency.  Turns out, she got about 3 hours sleep.

This would be known as "Not Good."

I leave - am scheduled to leave - at 1:20 from Nashville tomorrow. There's nothing to be done, apparently, except to fly into DC and then into Newark.

That's a recipe for "delays" if I ever I saw one.

Never mind.  The hospitality has been GREAT in Nashville.  We had a fabulous lunch:  pear salad with minestrone soup and an incredible boston creme pie for dessert.

The ice tea was to die for.  Our chef, Donna, demurred by saying, "Well, you start with a very strong tea, but every Southern woman has her own particular way of serving it.  This one has pears and just a hint of almond."

I don't think she used Splenda.

I had two glasses.

Lord, have mercy.

I have made up my mind, however, that tomorrow morning I will change the channel in the dining room at breakfast.  This morning, it was "Fox News" (an oxymoron if ever there was one), with a debate about the Health Care Summit between what they described as "The Party of No" (gee, wonder which one that was) and "The Party of Spend Dough" (just because they try to be 'fair and balanced').

I don't care who's down there.  I'm changing the channel.  NBC. CBS.  CNN.  I don't really care.  It WILL be changed.

If I don't make it back to NJ it may be the weather.  I understand JFK, Newark and La Guardia are all closed to domestic flights until late Saturday.  Over 1,500 flights were cancelled.

Then again, it may be a case of Fox News in the dining room at the Hampton Inn and a girl who's part of "what's left of the Left" who just couldn't take it any more.

Film, as they say, at eleven.


John D said...

Do change that channel! I've survived doing it in the doctor's lounge at my hospital, where the only obvious concern re: health care reform is my fellow physicians' W-2 totals.

Elizabeth Kaeton said...

I'm HOME!!!!! Safe and sound if not more than a bit weary.

susankay said...

Welcome home -- have been thinking of you and of the mid-Atlantic. Glad you got BOSTON creme (or cream) pie even in the southland.

Janet Detter Margul said...

"The Southland" may be missing some things, but good food and drink ain't any of those things. I personally like to cut up a couple of blood oranges to throw in my sweet tea (no, nevah Splenda!), float just a smidge of cinnamon oil and three (not two, not four, but three) whole cloves. Fish the cloves out before moving to the cut glass pitcher, but leave in the orange pieces. Garnish with orange slices too, if it's that kind of day.

And I confess, I would have had a secret wish to get just a little bit stranded in DC. It's my favorite visiting city.

Elizabeth Kaeton said...

Ooooh..... sounds like GREAT tea.