Eastern north America was very cloudy yesterday morning as we flew into the first stopover of my travels to Texas from Canada...we came out of the clouds to NYC and my flight did a complete circle of Manhattan island. I've been to NYC twice since 9/11 but avoided going to ground zero. I just felt I didn't want to see the missing buildings and the sorrow of the area. There was the Chrysler building, the Empire State building it was a glorious morning and then, there was the gap where the WTC was and the park. I choked up then off over the river and there was the goddess herself, the Statue of Liberty and she looked so beautiful and fragile and defiant. I've taken a small plane tour around Manhattan too...but this view was super incredivble seeing all the activity of ships and industry and pleasure boats around the island.
Arrived at Dallas Love Feild at 4:30 and so did my massive suitcase (I always travel heavy...it's uncomfortable but worth it to have lots of choices of clothes and books and products...I don't care what backpacking hikers say...travel heavy!) MI phoned my friend and she thought I was arriving at another airport...so because it was rush hour she asked her friend who worked at a hospital nearby Love Feild to come and get me...I was laughing how many people do you know who would be so accomodating and helpful...again...this must be that southern hospitality. And...then I thought...good thing I didn't tell Stagg or my daughter that a complete stranger's friend was coming to get me...I was on the lookout for a cowboy blue SUV with tassles on the atenae...no problem!
My friend Tonya met us at her other friends place and we had some diet Cokes and then went to Tonya's sister's place...where her sister was going to let me stay with her...the excitement just kept on giving.
The Dallas area was a lot greener and more treed than I expected and basically...none of us have stopped talking except to sleep since I got here. We went out for a bite to eat and had some gumbo and salad and a glass of wine...I was too tired to even order a bottle of wine and was alseep by 11 p.m. after a really wonderful day of travel and visiting.
Today...I am going to have an interview for my documentary...and go to some political meetings and maybe see some of downtown Dallas. Tomoorow morning it seems like I might be able to tag along to a citenzenship ceremony.
We'll probably get some Texas BBQ tonight too...lots of fun!
Just this morning got up super early and had coffee and tons of girl talk and gossp with Tonya's sister...this is a riot! I love these ladies so much and Tonya should be here to pick me up shortly...back at ya later...