Desire by the escalators at Sky Harbor Airport - Phoenix
On Friday, June 30, 2008, Desire and I left Tucson at 4:30 p.m. for Scottsdale where we were spending the night with my friend Adam. Two hours later we were still on the road following all the construction taking place on interstate 10. The traffic was slower and it seemed to get darker earlier on this Saturday evening. As directionally challenged as I'm, I made the wrong turn even with a map on hand - believe it, ha-ha!. I called Adam who was kind to direct me back to the freeway, from whence I began my northward travel on the 110 loop. Soon I got to Cactus, then to Scottsdale road and Greenway Parkway, lol! Adam had a prior function so he left his car keys under a huge stone for us to let ourselves in.
Desire was tired mostly from the confinement of the car and the anxiety of meeting Adam for the first time, she kept asking "Mom, have I met Adam before? will he be home when we arrive? Does he like 'gold fish' etc. Amazing the mind of a child isn’t it? Nonetheless she kept me entertained through the long drive to Scottsdale. It was quarter after 10:00 p.m. when we arrived. I got Desire ready for bed and then got into the shower which felt heavenly after the long drive. With Sky Harbor literally 20 minutes away, I got comfortable not worried about time and rush hour traffic the next morning. Adam returned later - I don't remember how late because I was asleep. In the morning, we had fresh apple juice - Adam has this juicer that instantly turns a fruit in to freshly made juice. Another map from Google to the airport from his house and we were on our way. Adam saw us off at 8:00 a.m.
Desire waiting in line to go through the security screening gate
Our flight was on Delta airlines to JFK, so we had to go to terminal 3 (normally I go to terminal 4 for international flights using British Airways). As you may imagine, the traffic was busy but the ride was smooth. I, parked in the terminal parking space which cost $25.00 a day (how stupid could I have been?), well I, only found out upon return that one does not part at the terminal if they are away for more than a day: obviously I, did not pay attention to the parking costs. In Tucson it's $8 a day, I guess I was thinking I'm still in Tucson - how sad is that?
Delta Airlines: for as long as I have flown Delta, their flights have not left on time. I was not expecting this one to leave on time either. Desire and I went down to the check in counters and checked in our bags - of course one had to be left behind as we could each carry only 1 bag and 1 carry-on. Each additional bag would cost $25 (interesting to think, because excess baggage cost $80.00 for anything over 50 pounds), is this a reap-off or what? Don't tell me gas prices!
With much luck we left Sky Harbor at 11:25 a.m. instead of the scheduled 10:45 a.m. flight (what a surprise). On board our captain greeted everyone and assured us that we would gain some of the lost time in the air, lol! Over the PA, the hostess announced that they would serve us soft drinks however if we needed food, it was available at the cost of $7:00 for either cheese or fruit platter or a chicken sandwich. Drinks other than the soft drinks they would be serving would coast an additional $5.00 and the headphones cost $2.00 a piece. Wow, talk of maximizing profits - way to go Delta!