“Let Go . . .”

Happy Friday, All!

Last week on Friday, I was traveling from San Jose International Airport, Juan Santamaria in Alajuela to Ft. Lauderdale, so I didn’t have time to put a proper message or blog post together and send it before leaving!  I was saving it for today.  But first, let’s do the TGIF thing right quick!!  TGIF … BOOM!  Thank you kindly!

So much stuff happened over the past weekend.  I had to change my plans several times …  There was one event after another!  I learned so much about being flexible when traveling and trying to be courteous and de-escalating difficult situations when they popped up!  There is a song by a recording artist named Frou Frou called “Let Go!”  It’s a driving tune, alternative near punk music.  A former yoga instructor, Maria, introduced our class to some of Frou Frou’s music as we listened during our practices at LA Fitness … Maria passed away due to epilepsy and respiratory challenges several years ago (RIP) …  So, I put into practice the concept of letting go.  It made the “problematic” things become just challenges that could be resolved.  I worked through the flight’s late arrival at our gate for Spirit Airlines at the airport in Ft. Lauderdale.  Then once I finally got a shuttle (not the correct one), the rental car office where I had made and paid for a reservation was closed!  So, I walked into the office of “Nexxt: Rental Car” where the shuttle/van driver had left me, and soon discovered that I was at the wrong rental car office and would have to return the next day.  Things weren’t looking too bright!  I called my best friend there in Ft. Lauderdale who told me that they were at “The Elbow Room” on Ft. Lauderdale Beach!  The kind rental agent called a taxi for me which arrived after two tries and took me to the beach!!  Can you say “Let Go!”?

So, I arrived at the bar on the beach with my laptop, my carry on and my walking cane from Spain!  The security guard at the door of The Elbow Room looked me up and down carefully.  Then he said, “You can’t bring all that stuff in here!!”  I had to chuckle as I complied and explained that I was looking for a friend.  He told me to look from outside of the bar.  I finally saw Johnny.  He came out, asked security to put my bags in a closet which he did.  It was especially funny when he said, “I’ll put the cane in here for you, too!”  “Welcome back to Ft. Lauderdale!”, I thought to myself.  And the letting go continued.  I hung out at The Elbow Room for a few more hours until they called an Uber back to Johnny’s home.  I was glad to lay down somewhere since I had left my place in Costa Rica at 2:45 am that morning!  I was going on 24 hours of traveling!

The next morning, after preparing an “all-day” omelet and coffee, Candy took me to the Green Motion rental car office where I discovered that I didn’t have enough money on my credit card to cover the deposit … which I had forgotten about since I hadn’t rented a car in a while!!  Still … letting go.  But it was cool.  When I contacted my daughter to let her know that I wouldn’t make it to the resort in Orlando for my grandson Caleb’s birthday celebration, she was cool, too!  I felt better.  We did a video call Tuesday eve and I got to wish him a happy birthday!  Thanks, Ayanna!  So, Candy who had waited patiently while I was reminded of the security deposit drove me back to my buddy’s.  Later, we watched “Unhinged” starring Russell Crowe!!  I had never seen it!!! OMG!!  Sometimes, we can be courteous especially since we don’t want to push an “unhinged person” …

So, I am taking this opportunity to remind us that international travel is a bit tough for a “jet-set grandpa” … at least this one!  My plan was to get another chance to see my daughter and grandson, Covid test and vaccinations included as well as the new travel requirements from one country to another called a “Travel Pass”.  I’ve learned to be cool when things don’t go as I had hoped and keep moving forward!  “Let go … this too shall pass!”

I got a chance to see two members of the Zachary Family (RIP, Peter) whom I have known since being bussed to an elementary school as part of a program to integrate the previously segregated schools in White Plains, NY.  It was great to see Lisa at a club in Boca Raton where Johnny’s band played Saturday night.  She passed by to say hi and we hugged incessantly.  The next night, Christy Zachary came and picked me up and we went to her place on Hollywood Beach, FL to catch up.  Later, she treated me to a lovely seafood dinner … and then drove me back to Johnny’s home where I spent the last night of my stay on his couch!  Early the next morning, Candy popped by on her way to work near the airport to drop me off in time for my flight!  So … there was “peace in the letting go” as well as other options.  I continue to live and learn something new or different each day!

Thanks for reading!

Peace,

John I. Cook, Director

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