Act I – In Which We Miss Our Flight
We got up at four on Thursday morning and left the house by five, which seemed like more than enough time to make it up to Baltimore for our 7:20 AM flight. Alas, it was not so. We had to wait a while for the long term parking shuttle bus, and then the Southwest ticketing line was insane. We had packed all our non-carry-on-able toiletries in my suitcase, which definitely needed to be checked, so we waited and waited and waited. We made it up to the kiosk as our plane was leaving. Thankfully, the helpful airline employee was able to book us on the next flight, which left at 9:40 AM.
Blood pressure back to normal, we made it through security without incident, ate some granola bars, and camped out at our terminal for two hours. The flight itself was great/short, after which we made a stop at the BDL Dunkin’ Donuts. Jason’s Grandpa Bill picked us up from the airport and took us to the Frost’s, where we had lunch and got to work painting the shed (in borrowed clothes).
That night we watched Jeopardy! and Wheel of Fortune and ate Frank Pepe’s Pizza (which is only some of the best pizza in the world) and played Scrabble.
Act II – It Rained And Rained For
Forty Days Twenty-four Hours
It was raining when we woke up and when we ate our Cheerios and when we went to Home Depot to buy wood chips and stopped to pick up Chinese food for lunch. The rain continued while we visited with Grandma Funny and Grandpa Bill and while we ran food-related errands in the afternoon.
It rained while Jason’s mom and I played Scrabble again, and I had a hard time getting consonants.
We left for the concert around 6:30, while it was (you guessed it) still raining. We easily found a parking spot and donned our attractive, fifty-cent ponchos. They came in a two-pack at Dollar Tree and there was some debate about who would have to wear the ugly yellow one. Jason is one nice guy.
We slogged through the downpour over to the Comcast Theater (formerly The Meadows). Jason bought me a Head and the Heart shirt because he is nice like that.
Back when we bought our tickets in March or April, we opted for pavilion seats instead of lawn general admission like last year. This turned out to be one of our better decisions ever. The lawn was a muddy mess, and the rain and wind never stopped. Our seats were toward the back, but we stayed mostly warm and only residually wet.
The Head and the Heart was awesome. We saw them in Nashville 2.5 years ago and they’ve only gotten better since. They are coming out with a new album sometime, and played a nice mix of old and new songs, including every song I was hoping to hear.
DMB came on around 9:20 and started with “JTR” (chorus: “Rain down on me”) and played for a solid three hours. I used to not be such a big Dave Matthews fan, but seeing them live has fostered my fanhood. I especially loved the “Watchtower” encore, which warmed my Bob Dylan-loving heart. According to Jason, the set list was a great one, and they played several of the songs he had hoped to hear live.
It was long after midnight when we trekked back to the car in the rain and our attractive ponchos. We made it home by about 1 AM, much later than we have stayed out in the last…four years.
ACT III – In Which We Do More Outdoor Work In One Day Than We Did In The Previous Year
On Saturday morning, some folks from the ward came by to help build lay stones and work on the deck. We worked outside most of the beautiful, rain-free morning. In the afternoon, we ate pulled pork sandwiches (of the NYT recipe) and Mom and I played another game of Scrabble before we left for the airport.
There’s a LEGO replica of Mark Twain’s house at the Hartford airport. It’s pretty cool.
We didn’t miss our flight this time and landed in Baltimore around 7 PM. We didn’t hit any evening traffic, and made it home a little before 8.
Epilogue: In Which We Succumb to Illness
Sunday morning found us both with flu-like symptoms. We slept the entire day, waking only at intervals to eat what limited food was in the house and read the paper. I think a day of rest was what we needed, as today we are both back to our normal healthy selves.