Last minute preparations for trip to Thailand. Anxiety shows itself as a lump in the throat and a headache. A sense of not being able to catch my breath. Leaving work brought a surprising sense of loss and sadness. The big adventure has begun. All day envisioning car wrecks -- my car going out of control as the fevered race goes on -- crashing into a big cement mixer truck. Feel hot.
Lift off. Rain in horizontal streaks on the window, turning into glass beads sliding across the window. Then white obscures for good the misty city we leave behind.
Late arrival at Pittsburgh, in a soaking rain. Told that the Seattle flight was gone. Groaning moments till we arrive at the gate and find it still boarding. Luggage?
Discomfort of claustrophobic seats. Searing pain from sacroiliac down leg. Horrid back support. Feet tingle. Disadvantage of carry-on luggage: no leg room.
Reading: Andre Malraux, The Royal Way: