In a previous post I described a frustrating experience on an AirTran flight where afterward I wrote a letter to AirTran out of complete frustration over our lost time. Yesterday, less than one week later, I received a considerate response and they provided us each one round trip flight to any destination in their system. We’ve been trying to decide how to use these vouchers and have narrowed in on two options: 1) round trip flight to Boston for one of my appointments, or 2) fly to some remote location like Bermuda for a lunch then return home. We’re looking for some fun recommendations; what would you do? What’s the single best location?
Yesday morning we briefly returned to Santa Fe’s Plaza area to take another look around. As we were heading out of town down a side street, Shannon caught a glimpse of a bead shop called Glorianna’s Fine Crafts and completely lit up; no question, we had to stop. When we walked in, I immediately thought, wow, Makiko would love this place. They have beads from all over the world, and made of just about every material that could possibly be made into a bead. After Shan worked with the owner on a necklace with several combinations of turquoise stones and silver spacers, she finally ended up purchasing a very nice turquoise ring.
Today was an intense road day driving from Santa Fe, NM to Flagstaff, AZ to meet up with Ryan at the airport. I spent a majority of the ride conked out in the back of the car. I’m not sure whether it’s the cancer, medication, or just normal fatigue, but I’ve been feeling extremely tired again lately. Occasionally I would wake up to Mom and Shannon marveling at the scenery and I’d pop up to see some amazing rock formations, then drop back down.
As we picked Ryan up at the Flagstaff Airport, we were surprised to see an airport even smaller than Rochester’s. We got back to the hotel and I had my first beer since starting the clinical trial to celebrate Ryan’s recent job offer. After 12 years of primary school, 4 years of college (pre-med), 4 years of med school (MD), 4 years of grad school (PhD), 3 years of residency, and 4 years of fellowship (cardiology), Ryan is finally going to be starting his first job at the age of 35 as a cardiologist. Man I wish I had heart problems instead of cancer!