Friday, July 13, 2012

Waiting to Fly

by Pa Rock

0800 in the Far East.  My bags are packed and I am waiting on Valerie and Murphy to arrive and take me to the airport.  The plane lifting me off of Okinawa will take to the air in a little less than five hours.  I have seen my last Okinawan sunset and sunrise, said good-bye to some of the best friends I have ever had, and turned my sights toward Arizona.

Sheriff Joe, I'm coming home!  Jan Brewer, break out the bubbly!

I will leave here at 1255 on the afternoon of July 14, travel back in time most of the day, and, hopefully, deplane at Sky Harbor Airport in Phoenix at 1415 on the same day - approximately one hour and twenty minutes after leaving Okinawa!  In actuality I will have been sitting cramped in an airplane seat for hours and hours - but I probably won't be able to explain the nuances of time zones and the International Date Line to anyone in Arizona.  Those people still haven't accepted the idea of Daylight Savings Time!

Leaving is bittersweet, but it will be nice to get back to the States!

1 comment:

Don said...

Welcome home!