I woke up this morning at 1:30 AM from multiple alarms. I was so paranoid and I knew the only way to ease myself to sleep was to set all the alarms I could possibly find in my room (my phone, my iPod, and my digital clock). Being that early in the morning, I really didn’t know what to expect. I rushed to my luggage and quadruple checked to make sure I had everything I needed. I had a quick breakfast consisting of milk and bread. After, we loaded my entire luggage into the car and departed for El Cerrito High.
The whole family (my mom, dad, and sister) came along to drop me off and say their final goodbyes to me. We were the third ones to arrive (with Don being the first and Mr. Crosby being the second). I blindly unloaded my luggage in the dark, early morning weather and walked over to Don’s loaner item booth. He gave me his Ethernet cable, laptop security cable, and gorilla pod. Just as he finished explaining how to use the laptop security cable, Ms. Kaplan arrived. Before I knew it, everyone else arrived and circled around the little light that was provided from the high school. Don requested for each us to go to him and get our luggage weighed. After all was done, we decided to get into the van and depart for SFO (San Francisco International Airport). However, as we were approaching the van, Don gestured for us and reminded us about our group photo. We stood next to the front doors of ECHS and were positioned to his liking. After, he took some quick photos and we went back towards the white van.
We all tried to keep each other awake as we were getting to the airport. As a result, we had multiple conversations. We talked about movies, food, our extracurriculars, and future classes we’d be taking. In contribution to keeping us awake, the rumble strips on the Bay Bridge were a great help as well. As it turns out, drivers at that time in the morning are more law abiding, compared to those during “rush hour” where a 55 mph speed limit means you get to go 65 mph. I wonder why so many police officers chose to work during the hours where they wouldn’t be able to enjoy the “thrill” of their job. But I must say, it is much more peaceful than traffic.
When we finally got to the airport, we unloaded our luggage and thanked our driver. We went on into the airport and stuck the nametags on our suitcases and waited in line. Surprisingly, a lot of people decided to also choose the morning flights, making the line much longer than I expected. We got our luggage weighed (again). The interesting part about the luggage weighing was that the weight that Don took at El Cerrito High was about 5 pounds less than what popped up at the airport. Some of my cohorts had to do some exchanging between their contents to make sure they passed the weigh-in. After, we approached the scanning checkpoint. This line was even longer than the one we were in to get our luggage weighed. We separated our laptop from our carry-on and put them in two separate bins, along with our shoes and hoodies. I also had to go through a tough body scan. Apparently, you’re not supposed to have money in your pockets, but I guess I learned the hard way.
|Inside Denver Airport|
|The Suitcase Challenge|
|Inside the Cuban Revolution Restaurant|
|Havana Chicken Order|