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April 21, 2005

10:49 AM
My goodness, I just woke up. This is good news because normally I can’t sleep a wink on a flight, but I pretty much crashed out as soon as we took off. My guess is that I got at least an hour of sleep.

My alarm went off at 6 AM. A quick shower, some tea and off to the airport. Miya was kind enough to let me stay over and give me a lift to Oakland International. Southwest had a non-stop flight to Philly from Oaktown, which is why I’ve come so far just to fly.

Curbside check-in , a $2 tip, and I was free of my big bags. With just my guitar and computer I made my way to the departure gates. A line that looked intimidating went by pretty fast. The security check had me take my computer out of my bag, my belt off, my shoes off, my hat off, my jacket off, my sweatshirt off, and through the metal detector I went..(My shoes are still untied right now)

Whilst in the security line I got a call with a blocked caller ID. I answered and was greeted with a British accent. A gentleman who worked for American Express was calling from Brighton England. Somebody had tried to use a stolen credit card from a Brighton resident and order Asian Man Records stuff through the internet.

He then explained that he had seen me play in Brighton last year. Are you serious?? What a friggin small world!!!! And he just wanted to inform me of the credit card activity and to see if we can figure out some info. on the person trying to use the card. Ahhhh.. Kind of like detective work. I told him I’d check into it.

Off to gate 14, but first the restroom was badly needed. There was one right ahead of me, but for some reason I bypassed it because I thought it would be packed and perhaps the excitement of holding it just a little bit longer was a motive. My gate was on the other side of the airport, so by the time I made it to the restrooms, I was on orange alert.

I made a B-LINE for the handicapped stall which would give me more room and comfort. There was a man shaving and our eyes met in the mirror. With me in the stall and the door closed I said “BERNARD”. A reply of “MIKE”. It was somebody I went to high school with. I hadn’t seen in over 10 years. “I’ll wait for you outside” Bernard said.

We talked for a good 30 minutes. I had heard he was a doctor and he confirmed. He still goes to Los Gatos once a week from his home in Oakland to play Dungeons and Dragons with another friend from school. Are you kidding me? I couldn’t believe it. Amazing!! We used to make movies when we were teens. And one of the movies was Bernard the Destroyer!! HA!! yes, I'm a geek. Forever and ever.
Peace, mike

Vien To-$12
Misa and Kaoru-$15
Brian Quirk-$15
Kris Racer-$23.45
Christina Giordano-$3
Dustin Dumas-$40
Scott Butterworth-$14
Jessica Burnham-$15
Ken Lee-$33
Kevin Koegel-$30
Brian Abolins-$25
Mark Veon-$15
Michael Cavaleri-$10
Rey Hernandez-$20
Dan Richter-$50
Dan Shannon-$5
Gary Yee-$10
-Thanks for the support!