Ooof, today I have to fly back to CA. I already have my boarding pass thanks to the wonders of online check-in. My bags are half-packed and I called yesterday to find out what happens if I miss the last bus home.
You see, this time, instead of driving down to LAX and leaving my car there for 10+ days, I was smart and called the Airbus. They arrived bright and early, right on schedule, took my bag and stowed it while I climbed aboard and settled in. Then we were off.
Down the Pacific Coast Highway, I was able to watch the ocean as the sun rose (told you it was early.) Eventually, I dozed off and when I woke up, we were driving through Malibu and our driver was giving a tour!! Who knew that I'd get a tour along with a ride to the airport!!
He explained why the houses were all connected (to keep people away from the beach) and why they have coastal access points (because they got sued back in the 60's for trying to keep people away from the beach.) He pointed out some landmarks, like Cher's house and then a house Mae West used to own. It was so much better than getting stuck on the 405, which is the way I usually take.
However, the flight back might be a bit different. I'm scheduled to arrive into LAX at 9:55pm. The last airbus leaves for Santa Barbara at 11pm. One hour is cutting it very close when you consider possible delays as well as time to get my luggage. Needless to say, I was worried. So I called Airbus yesterday to find out exactly what their schedule is and what the hell am I going to do if I miss them by 10 minutes? Well, what a relief!! It turns out that they do two runs around the airport so, basically, the last run is really at 11:30! I feel better.
With all that though, I still don't want to go back.
** UPDATE...6:09 pm EST
Apparently, my premonition is working. I just had this feeling about today and sure 'nuff....I got to the airport to find my flight delayed. They reassured me that despite the delay, they'd hold the connections and I'd get to LAX about 15 minutes late. I sat to wait and not more than 10 minutes later, they made an announcement that the flight would be delayed further and those flying to X, Y, Z and Los Angeles would need to be rebooked on a different flight! So, I get another night here in fabo Florida and an early morning flight out to LA tomorrow!!
Don't worry, I am going back. I've got homework and school and a possible job waiting for me, not to mention El Gato!