surreal day & san fran airport

i returned home from our first of three national youth workers conventions. i’m tired. really tired. when i came in and dropped my bags on the floor, i was pretty happy to be home and grateful that i’d cleaned house before i left.

it feels strange to be home tonite knowing that it’s temporary. i fly to our next convention on monday and since my flight is at 6:30am, i’m spending the night with friends who live downtown on sunday. it’ll be much easier to get to the airport that way. i took a nap, checked email and ran to the store to pick up a few groceries…very few–just enough to last til sunday. i unpacked my dirty clothes to wash and repack them.

but the surreal part of the day was the trip home. we (myself and a couple of friends/coworkers) flew home on united by way of san francisco. i’ve never been to san fran, but my friend marko
has had interesting experiences in the san fran airport. today was my turn. as we were walking thru the terminal, we noticed the red carpet club was closed–by the police with all the staff standing outside. we were kinda laughing about it being closed by police on bikes. as we were sitting in an airport restaurant having breakfast, jay noticed that our airport was on the news–there’d been a bomb scare and apparently part of our terminal had been evacuated–the red carpet club and surrounding area. we could look out the window at the restaurant and see the bomb truck on the tarmac with other emergency vehicles. we were never affected but it was a bit odd to be watching your airport on the news. after that we headed for the gate and i stopped by the bookstore. as i turned around my backpack brushed a man standing behind me. i said ‘oh excuse me’ and he muttered something inaudible under his breath. as i walked past him, i thought ‘hmm, he looks familiar–he kinda looks like sean penn.’ i didn’t think too much about it and kept browsing the books. i turned a corner and he was standing on the aisle and looked up at me and said ‘hey’ so i said ‘hey’ and picked up a book that caught my eye. i decided to just get the magazine i’d picked up so i headed to the cashier passing him one more time. i was definitely thinking he looked a lot like sean penn but much shorter..he’s about my height. when i walked up to the register two women were there being kinda giddy–“did you sean penn–i can’t believe he’s in here” kinda conversation. so, kinda weird but said ‘hey’ to a movie star today w/o acting starstruck. weird things do happen in the san fran airport…

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1 Response to “surreal day & san fran airport”


  1. 1 'neice 6 October, 2005 at 4:10 am

    Wish I were going to PA and/or TN with y’all! I cannot put into words exactly (the blog does a pretty good job) what last week meant to me and all that I figured out while there!


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