Ok that’s not even a little bit true, I’m still the same dumb ass I was before I went on the trip, BUT I did learn ALOT (good and bad). It was definitely an adventure…..
If you’ve got some time I would like to tell you about it…..well about getting there and our first day in the city.
SOMETIMES the weather forecast is right
Before we left, I had been half listening to the forecast. The forecasters said that we would be ‘blessed’ with a wintry mix of snow, sleet, and rain and temps of 26 degrees beginning 2 hours before we were to head out for the airport. After sleeping 3 hours, I woke up at 1 am, showered, coffeed, and looked out the window. Of course they picked THIS time to be correct….smh
We left Einstein’s house at 2 am, and headed to my house to pick Thing 2 up. She was driving us to the airport. (well I was driving us to the airport, and she was taking my car home) That 20 minute drive took almost an hour….grrrrr
ok MORE coffee….(the American Airlines app, I downloaded on my phone said the flight was still on time, so we were doing this) Driving to the airport sucked, since everyone forgets how to drive in the winter. (It’s not like we haven’t had a long enough winter for people to relearn) smh AGAIN.
When we got to the airport, Thing 2 ran in and grabbed a wheelchair for me. I NEVER thought, I would be so grateful to have one. (Our trip hadn’t even started and I was completely exhausted.)
I won’t claim that it was perfect, but since I know the rating system affects the person driving the wheelchair directly, (he really was a nice guy) I did give the experience a perfect 😀 score on the “she has been delivered” tablet you have to sign when you are dropped off at your gate.
Security was a breeze
I probably shouldn’t say this, but the “trick” to getting through security quickly is having a bag of pee strapped to your leg. The poor girl that had to do my pat down apologized so many times about having to “feel me up” and couldn’t comprehend what a foley catheter was, I don’t think she even noticed or swabbed the great stuff on my hands. In hindsight, it is really scary that the people that are supposed to be providing our security are so afraid of “offending” someone, that they “overlook” certain things. I hope I am wrong and they tested me some other way without my realizing it. I assure you I will not be complaining to them.
Boarding the plane was also a breeze. I did get a little nervous when the person sitting next to me started coughing, (Oh no, not the plague again) but for supposedly being a full flight, she was able to move to another seat closer to other family members. YAH ME!! In fact, both seats next to me were empty!!!! Double Win! I took off my leather bomber jacket, used it as a pillow, used my sweatshirt as a blanket, and I was out. 🙂 I woke up a couple hours later in Boston, not quite fully rested, but refreshed nonetheless.
The airline had a wheelchair waiting for me as I deboarded the plane. I didn’t get a picture of the woman driving (though I should have since she was also the one who helped me reboard on the way home and she was SO HELPFUL) After taking us to the baggage claim area for my companions suitcase, I explained that “according to my research” we were supposed to take the SL to the blue line and I needed to buy a ticket somehow. “Oh no honey, you don’t need to buy a ticket, it’s all free”, she said. Huh? Nothing in life is free.
There are still some free things in the world
Transportation FROM the airport is free via the Silver Line and the Subway (as long as you don’t leave the station). Who knew?!?! We boarded the SL1 which is an electric/gas powered bus. It was electric leaving the airport, then temporarily shuts off to restart and run on gasoline…..WHAT?!?!? Don’t laugh, I really had no idea such a thing existed….
We rode the SL to the end of the line and then tried to figure out which direction we needed to head on the blue line to get to our destination.
I must really have the “damsel in distress” look, because people were constantly coming up to me offering to provide help or direction. A man and a woman (not a couple) even debated with each other which way would be easier. The man said we should take this route…the woman directed her eyes to my cane and suggested that MAYBE, the orange line would be a better choice. Orange line it is!.. The announcement said the the orange line would be approaching on the center platform….
Look BEFORE you leap
I heard “center platform” and crossed the tracks to head that way. No I did not notice the train that was heading directly for me before I stepped onto the tracks. Talk about your life flashing before your eyes….HOLY SHIT….(yah for the foley cath, since I think I would have pissed my pants without it). No I didn’t get hit by the train, but I didn’t escape unscathed either.
Wait there is more….
So now I am standing on one side of the platform, my companions on the other. The orange line pulls up and we need to be on that train, but how to communicate that? I am using hand signals through the glass trying to tell them to get on the train as I proceed to board. Once on the train, I don’t see them….Oh shit should I get off?!?!? I try to step off the other side of the train to see if they are still on the platform, only to get my feet caught up in my suitcase or the cane and down I went. 20 minutes in Boston and I wipe out. The upper part of my body is on the train, but my legs are hanging out the door and I can’t pull them up.
I really am a train wreck (pun intended)
For the first time in my life, I am grateful that people don’t mind their own business. Someone pulled me into the train car just as my companions found me. How the hell have I survived 44 years on this planet?!? Have I mentioned GRACEful I am not?!?!
I’m not done yet though…. not with my life or with this story….
We did make it to the apartment we were staying at to drop off our bags without any further mishaps.
We also found a great little pizza place.
While we were eating we decided our next stop would be the Prudential Skywalk.
The UBER app can kiss my ass
Believe it or not, I did listen to the advice I was given before leaving that uber was the easiest way to get around while we were there, so I downloaded it to my phone before leaving. After my “near death experiences” from the morning, I thought MAYBE now was the time to actually use it. The app had other ideas.
OH come on!!!!!!!!! WTF?!?!? How can it be disabled, I have never even used it before?!?!? Visiting the website they sent me too was no help either…. Ok so back to the train…. If at first you don’t succeed try try again? In fact I was more determined than ever to figure this “whole public transportation” thing out. When we got back to the train station, I took a picture of the map (schedules had changed effective April 1st and new ones weren’t available yet?!?!) I made a “new friend” who suggested that we buy a one day charlie card which would allow us unlimited use of the buses and trains throughout the city for 24 hours.
By the end of the first day, I was cold, tired, and completely worn the hell out…. but I CAN boast that I have become quite proficient at using the MBTA. ( I still think that using a horse would have been easier)
IT RAINED ALL DAY!!!!!! (at least it wasn’t snow though)
I took a selfie before crashing for the night. I don’t know that I will claim damsel in distress, but definitely helpless, homeless, or in someone in need of assistance.
I’m not sure if I made an impression on Boston, but after one day, it certainly left an impression on me.
I will write more about our trip later this week, not only did I come back from Boston with a semblance of a silly accent, but I also picked up a scratchy voice and fever 😦