SITTING IN PHOENIX

By: joealaska , 2:03 PM GMT on April 29, 2012

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FINALLY escaped the tentacles of Dutch Harbor Saturday morning, leaving at 9 AM.. That plane only had 31 passengers on a 33 seat plane. Must have been a weight issue. Many people were left behind who would have paid a premium for one of those.

My Anchorage to Seattle flight left little time to make the next connection, about 15 minutes. But I did it with no major incidents.

I was surprised when I got on that flight to Phoenix. The plane could hold over 160 people, but there were only 28 on board. We had 4 flight attendants so it was like first class for everyone. There was no dragging of the beverage cart up and down the aisle, they just walked around and took our orders. I was very hungry, so I had the chicken fettucini, which was actually pretty good.

The second round of drinks was on the house.

When the plane took off at sunset, I was given a perfect view of Mount Rainier, heavily covered in snow. Took several pics, hope they came out. I also took a few of the big volcano on Akutan as I was leaving Dutch.

I hit Phoenix at 10 PM, and was flying out next morning at 7:30. So I got a nearby room, knowing I still would get very little sleep. It was in a bad area of Phoenix, although the hotel was OK. I took a short walk to a convenience store for a snack, and was happy I did so unshot.

This morning I sit about to board a Southwest flight to Albuquerque. Arriving at 9:40, there is only so much daylight to golf. I told CASA to hit the ATM for cash. No more 4 party out of state checks that will require a couple of favorable court decisions to be cashable... like last time.

Hoping to have a nice dinner with his family tonight. Then another short night of sleep as I pick up the rental first thing Monday.

Then, I cruise.











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13. BANGORWALKER
1:31 AM GMT on May 02, 2012
I have over a thousand golf balls and I live on the edge of 27 holes if he ever decides to visit central Maine...

HAPPY well deserved vacation JOE!

From a longtime lurker but seldom poster :-)
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12. dotmom
12:53 AM GMT on May 02, 2012
Cybersuze - now wouldn't that have been something! He better check in tonight!!!
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11. cybersuze
11:00 PM GMT on May 01, 2012
Ha! I have to admit I did a double take when I was at the park this a.m. and a guy who reminded me of Joe was walking up with a cup of coffee. But he's not in Boise!
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10. OGal
3:02 PM GMT on May 01, 2012



Susie...??????????
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9. cybersuze
2:09 PM GMT on May 01, 2012
ok, its Tuesday, so where is JOA?
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8. OGal
1:57 PM GMT on May 01, 2012

Dotmom thanks for the feeding update and thanks BP for the questions on who would feed the kitties and the foxes.
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7. dotmom
8:31 PM GMT on April 30, 2012
Bearpaints: To ease your mind until Joe gets back to the blog, I know that the cats will be fed - probably by "Gnu Guy." Now the fox(es) are another story. Don't know if he has made any arrangements for them, but it has been warmer and raining and so maybe they are able to find food. When the ground was covered a foot deep with snow, they definitely needed help, but there must be something around for them to eat - maybe another good samaratin has his/her light on. We can only hope.
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6. bearpaints
2:45 PM GMT on April 30, 2012
Okay I'm still wondering who is babysitting the cats and foxes? What is going to happen to those poor foxes and the empty porch light?
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5. dotmom
4:37 PM GMT on April 29, 2012
Finally. Doesn't sound too bad so far. Hope you hit 'em straight!!!
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4. OGal
3:03 PM GMT on April 29, 2012



Way to go Joe. Hope our flight is that good. Glad all is well. Give our best to Casa. Have lots of fun and drive safely.
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3. cybersuze
2:59 PM GMT on April 29, 2012
GO JO GO! Wow, I wonder if your other bloggers going to Dutch made their flights!

Golf on!
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2. bearpaints
2:26 PM GMT on April 29, 2012
Gee to bad I didn't know ahead of time, would of tried to meet up with you at the airport to say HI. But then again I haven't been to the airport in years and would of ended up lost as always. It's been so long since I drove into Phx, I think it would scare me too. It was a beautiful evening through.
Hope this time you have a wonderful vacation. But if it goes acording to plan what would you write about? Hope you take notes to add your vacation into your next book. Enjoy!
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1. cholla
2:15 PM GMT on April 29, 2012
Congrats on finally making it to the Lower 48 !
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On June 4th I left Kentucky driving my RV known as Leggs. The trip is mostly unplanned, it will be interesting to see where I end up. Let's GO!