Friday, July 29, 2005


I tried everything to get out of taking Steve to the airport at 4:00am this morning. I even asked his brother to do it. It's winter here, it's freaking freezing, dark and awful at that time of the morning. His brother agreed, very enthusiastically -too enthusiastically, and dashed off to the pub last night. Only to not pitch up, so yours truly had to get up, throw on ten layers of clothing, wipe the drool from my previous REM blissful slumber, bitch and moan and take the poor dude to the airport.

He's going for business to Namibia. What kind of fucked up pilot wants to fly at 5:00am??

Joburg is also a scary place when there's no one around. I was distinctly aware, although still couldn't see staright because I was so sleepy, of being smashed and grabbed on the intersection of Louis Botha and Queens Road. It was DODGY. My main thought was, "Oh great, I'm never going to get back to bed!"

Now if only we had a tube....that would sort out these logistical nightmares... (well usually, sans bombers, of course.)


Better Safe Than Sorry said...

you're brother in law seems very crafty! have a cup of tea, it will warm you up.

Peas on Toast said...

ha ha, he is in fact. I told him he owes me a drink or two. At any bar. At any price. :)

Ed Abbey said...

At least you don' live like I do a full two hours from the nearest airport. And from there, you have to fly an hour to a larger airport big enough to have more options than just one flight.

Peas on Toast said...

True, true. I used to live in a town an hour away from an airport, and from there you had to get a connection to Joburg for anything international.

What's your closest city Ed?

Attacking Midfielder said...

Aaah life in SA, we gotta love it, i think the fear thing gives it a bit of an exciting edge! ha ha.

Peas on Toast said...

Hey there Attacking Midfielder!

I went to you blog, but as soon as I tried to post a comment, my screen froze. Will try again tomorrow. Thanks for also linking me.
Yip life in SA is a real slice, i love it. :)

Ed Abbey said...

I have a choice, Moline, Illinois is about 2 hours & 15 minutes, Cedar Rapids, Iowa is about 1 hour & 45 minutes and Des Moines, Iowa is about 2 hours and 15 minutes. With all three, just about 95% of my travel plans involve flying to Chicago, Illinois for the first leg, to get a connection to where ever I am going.

Peas on Toast said...

Crumbs Ed, those are far!
Cedar Rapids...hmmm, that's where Ashton Kutcher's from right? (yummy yummy :)