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December 2014 - Volume 11 - Issue 6

Publisher's Note

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Tarmac … the Stowaway
In my quest to finally catch my grandson Karter playing football and have a school lunch with my granddaughter Kenzie, I headed up to Atlanta for the third time this fall and finally got there! (For those not in the loop, my earlier attempts had been thwarted by a myriad of late planes and mechanical failures.)
So despite bone-chilling temperatures (about 22°F) on the football field, I got to see them both and although it was a really quick trip (about 24 hours), it was well worth the effort. That is, until I headed home when once again calamity ensued. Let’s face it, it’s not every day your plane pulls away from gate, stops abruptly, and the captain announces a rat has jumped on his leg! So what’s a pilot to do? Well, I can you tell you this, my pilot last Friday was ready to call out the dogs … or was it cats? The flight attendant even went down the rows asking if anyone was traveling with a feline. 
But obviously this particular rodent was determined to get to the Sunshine State, because after several attempts to locate the rat by flight crew, ground crew and (yes) even a sniffer dog, it was time to deplane and find a new aircraft. As my seatmate reminded me, where are the snakes on a plane when you need them? (Any loyal readers, who might occasionally wonder if my Publisher’s Notes are true, will have to agree that “folks, you just can’t make this stuff up.”)
On another note, it’s just about Chismukkah season 2014 and I’m already exhausted. I finally had to “bury” my faithful Honda Hybrid (what a great 202,714 miles we’ve had), replaced by Hyundai hybrid which hopefully should provide a bit more comfort and room for this aging body as I pile on the miles for many years to come. And now I even have built-in navigation, so Carol will no longer be attacked by my flying Garmin GPS whenever I make a sharp turn. We also have a calendar full of holiday parties including the SF Hospital & Healthcare Association’s Annual Dinner on December 4 — so I guess it’s time to squeeze back into my good black suit and tie. And we’re also awaiting the imminent birth of a very special great-nephew in early December —so it’s back up to Atlanta for us. But after much consideration of the damage that a hungry rodent can do in an airplane cockpit, I think this time we’ll be driving to Atlanta because air travel for me has been a bit too exciting lately.
Happy Holidays to all and to all a good year …
You can reach Charles Felix at
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