The plan was hatched last month. My sister, T, and her partner, TK, finished renovations on their beautiful home in Florida. They wanted to find a way for Mom to visit, but Mom would not fly alone.
TK is a frequent flier, and needed to rack up a few more segments to maintain her “AssKiss Preferred” traveler status. She offered to fly up in the morning, pick up Mom, and fly back with her the same day, giving Mom a week in sunny south florida.
My job? Picking up Mom and delivering her to the airport. Knowing that i would need a ‘gate access pass’ to get her through security in a wheelchair, i enlisted Studley to help with transport.
Yesterday was the big day! We had agreed to stay in touch by text, doing group messaging to keep all members of the team on track. By 7:00 am, T had gotten the ball rolling… With T, her partner TK, and her sister KK in the loop, we made it happen! Game on!
Follow along and see if you can figure out what was happening. This went on for about 16 hours!
T: Plan in execution. TK is Giraffe, KK is Zebra, T is Lion, Mom is
WhiteBird. Daisyfae is?
T: Giraffe is at gate.
TK: Giraffe is on plane and ready to take off toward Motherland.
daisyfae: daisyfae is Moose. Moose is scratching her ass, playing “Angry Birds” and having coffee.
T: Lion snagged pumpkin pie ice cream for breakfast.
KK: Zebra just finished morning gallop. What time is Giraffe’s return flight?
daisyfae: Giraffe and WhiteBird return 9:40pm. Moose and Squirrel
(Studley) will update on launch from Motherland.
TK: Giraffe has landed in Motherland. Beautiful day!
T: Giraffe went to watering hole. Sign says “Dry til 1:00pm”. Shitty
TK: When will Moose arrive with WhiteBird?
daisyfae: Moose and Squirrel inbound to pick up WhiteBird. Will send
smoke signal on next leg of safari.*
TK: Roger. Out.
daisyfae: Moose and Squirrel have WhiteBird in hand. Repeat.
WhiteBird inbound! Smoke signal on arrival at aviary to arrange Giraffe
daisyfae: At curb. Squirrel out for recon.
TK: Giraffe is with Moose, Squirrel and WhiteBird! Headed to feed.
daisyfae: Found oasis near aviary. Negotiating terms of hostage
transport over wings and beer.
TK: Cleared Checkpoint Charley with WhiteBird and Moose. Waiting at
T: Lion guarding tropical bird nest.
daisyfae: Moose taking WhiteBird to litter box after Giraffe returns
from provisioning at aviary snack shop. Squirrel waits in parking lot,
protecting “Angry Birds” from green pigs.
daisyfae: Moose and Squirrel northbound. Giraffe and WhiteBird
preparing to board magic carpet to Lion.*
TK: WhiteBird and Giraffe on magic carpet waiting for the rest of the
animals to settle. Moose and Squirrel did a great job handing over the
KK: YOU GUYS ARE DRIVING ME CRAZY!
T: Stand by, Zebra. WhiteBird is about to fly.
TK: Magic carpet engines ON! WhiteBird and Giraffe are buckled in
and headed to tropical nest.
T: Left gate early. ETA now 9:30pm
KK: Flight tracker ETA 9:10. Tailwind.
daisyfae: Moose and Squirrel back at Northern Command Post.
T: Zebra with Lion at tropical nest. Awaiting arrival signal.
TK: Carpet ride is over. En route to meet Zebra and Lion after
KK: Zebra in motion.
T: Giraffe – report location
TK: Still at gate.
T: Zebra and Lion waiting safely in Ant Hill. Ready to deploy.
TK: Have goods. To curb for retrieval.
KK: Zebra is moving.
daisyfae: Moose has vodka tonic.
T: We have WhiteBird. Repeat: WhiteBird reunited with Lion!
daisyfae: Mission Accomplished!
* While i was driving, Studley served as communication officer. Messages marked with an “*” are all his…