uncomfortable, so I turned to my Archie comics.It will be less than two hours until we board the plane. I'm curious to see how many people show upand I'm even more curious to find out if anyone else is going to the NCA convention from here! Now that I'm relaxed I'm actually getting hungry.Planes departing from this area are few and far between. But I don't mind. I'm not bored. I'm enjoyingthe quiet and solitude. Okay, maybe 'm starting to get a tiny bit bored. An hour from now I will be onthe plane. I'm looking forward to seeing it pull in here, seeing my luggage being put on board andseeing the other people who will be on this plane. Wouldn't it be a scream if I were the only oneand...uh-oh..here they all come! And there they all go! I see three other people sitting here so far.
Here I am in my room. At least it's clean and quiet but the architect who designed this place is a warpedand demented lunatic with a twisted sense of humour! At least everyone agrees that this is the craziest,most complicated hotel we've ever stayed in.My flight itself was okay, but I hope I can lose a few tons by next year. My seat was so damneduncomfortable! I could barely get my seat belt done up and I couldn't get my tray to sit flat! At least Ihad nobody sitting next to me and there were no babies on the plane. I spent most of the flight enjoyingthe view while I listened to music. Corny tourist that I am, I took a picture of my plane and my luggage being loaded. My suitcase was the first one to go on the plane. Waiting for the plane to unload seemedto take a lot longer than for it to load. It was like a clown car! How can so much luggage fit on on plane, especially one so small.When I arrived in Memphis, instead of using the stairs like we did when we got onto the plane, wewent through one of those hallways that attaches to the door. The Memphis airport is an Aspienightmare! Noise, noise, noise everywhere and so much walking I was afraid I'd never find the baggageclaim. Northwest airlines baggage claim was even in an entirely different area beyond the rest anddown another hallway. I read the monitor that listed which planes had landed and the status of theluggage on each flight. One said “UNLOADING”, the rest said “At Gate” which was really confusing.I thought I'd be waiting forever for my suitcase, so you can imagine how pleasantly surprised I waswhen it came almost immediately!The next thing I had to do was phone for a hotel shuttle. I was feeling tired, hungry and irritable bythen and the airport was so noisy I could barely understand the lady on the other end of the phone, letalone understand her accent. Loudspeakers were blaring almost continuously and she sounded like afemale version of Boomhauer from “King of the Hill!” She told me where to go to catch the shuttle busand said it would be along soon. I could not see the “hotel” sign she had told me about and had to ask several people for directions before I could finally figure out what the hell anyone was talking about because the place was so noisy I felt like I was on the verge of a meltdown!Finally, a Holiday Inn van came along but it was a “University” van. Apparently, Memphis has at leastEIGHT Holiday Inns!! It felt like an eternity, but finally a second Holiday Inn van came and it WAS theright one! I'm glad the driver even helped me take my luggage to my room because the hotel was soconfusing I would have gotten lost trying to find it on my own!Finally, when I settled into my room, I started to unpack and enjoyed a nice, hot shower. I took my time