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    Home for the Holidays

    So I went to Chicago for Thanksgiving this past year. What I have to tell you first is about the flight out there. While Herman and I were checking in, we asked for bulk head seating, since Herman has to carry me on. The very nice guy at the ticket counter took a quick look at the screen and kind of smiled and asked us if we would mind traveling first class. “Would we mind?” We were too happy to accept. Subsequently the flight out was really enjoyable. Especially since we were the only ones in first class.

    I definitely think it’s a ball traveling first class, though I’m not sure it’s worth the extra money for tickets. They served us our drinks in regular glassware which is not the kind of treatment you get in coach. Herman actually had his coffee in china. Might I add that it was Starbuck’s coffee after we inquired about it. The flight attendant made Herman his own pot and even gave him some to take home to brew.

    The trip to Chicago was lots of fun. We had Thanksgiving at my sister Debbie’s house and Mom drove in from Cleveland, too to be with us. The Wednesday night before Thanksgiving my high school buddy, Carol Gifford came to visit. Hey Giff! It was really great to see her which it always is.

    Herman and I went to see a movie the day after Thanksgiving. I was called “Mystic River” and although it was recommended to us we could tell it was well acted but didn’t much care for the story. The rest of the trip was spent visiting with my family and of course eating.

    My sister Debbie did a great job with the dinner so I need to send my thanks to her. Also thanks to my Mom for putting us up in a hotel. Unfortunately Debbie’s house is inaccessible for me. Even getting into her house is a chore for Herman since there are steps on the walkway and into the house.

    The trip overall was lots of fun. I had my manual chair with me since the electric one is not transportable except in a van with a ramp. Herman certainly had his share of work outs getting me in and out of various cars. I was surprised to see my niece Elizabeth driving her own car. Even though she is a freshman at college, I still think of her as a little girl. I guess I’m just not changing with the times.

    As for my other sister Linda, she stayed home in Long Island, NY for Thanksgiving. But I think she had a fine time with her family as well.

    Our flight home was on a much smaller airplane. And they did move us to bulk head seating but I’m afraid we were spoiled on the way out. Nothing really beats first class! I hope you all had a nice holiday and that you have some fun stories to tell.

    "Kathryn Spira, a native of Cleveland who pursued an acting career in NYC and Los Angeles, now pursues free lance writing from Caroga Lake here in Fulton County. Previous columns may be accessed at her web site www.kathrynskorner.com"