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You may re­mem­ber from my col­umn last week that I was on va­ca­tion. That seems to be kind of rare th­ese days, as we’re pretty busy here at the news­pa­per. But even more rare is that I trav­eled to the Main­land.

Think­ing about it, I be­lieve it’s been at least 10 years since I’ve done that. The last six years, I was tak­ing care of my mom wife and daugh­ter to at­tend fam­ily wed­dings in Washington State as well as our daugh­ter’s hula ha­lau per­for­mances at Dis­ney­land. With my mom’s re­cent pass­ing, I could now ac­com­pany them.

Well, kind of. My wife’s nephew was get­ting mar­ried in out what to do with Buddy and our new­est ca­nine ad­di­tion, Wil­son. My sis­ter’s son vol­un­teered to take care of them.

- low­ing Mon­day. Since I booked my trip sep­a­rately, I was not

aisle seats next to the win­dow seat. That’s be­cause I hate to ask some­one to move every time I need to go to the lava­tory.

to see who would be my trav­el­ing part­ner. It was a large, col­lege-age young man. He ac­knowl­edged me, ad­justed his snap­back cap and started watch­ing his smart­phone.

the snor­ing en­sued. It ri­valed the jet en­gines, and I hon­estly couldn’t read or sleep. I sud­denly had an ap­pre­ci­a­tion for what my wife en­dured for so many years.

When I ar­rived in Cal­i­for­nia, I told my wife and daugh­ter about my or­deal, and they had a good laugh. Of course, we wife and daugh­ter went to their seats, and be­fore I went to mine they said they might come back to visit me.

I waited for my new trav­el­ing part­ner, pray­ing that it wasn’t an­other snorer. That’s when a Gigi Ha­did looka­like slid into the seat next to me. She was su­per friendly and told me she

Sud­denly, it dawned on me that my wife and daugh­ter had planned to come back and visit me at my seat. And I would be sit­ting next to a Victoria’s Se­cret model look-alike. I was now wish­ing col­lege boy was here.

They never did get back to see me due to a lot of air tur­bu­lence. Al­though I hate air tur­bu­lence, it saved me from tur­bu­lence of the mar­i­tal kind.


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