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Mon Apr 12, 2021, 06:55 PM

One of the weirder wedding anniversaries, but whatever

In the last two weeks, we found out on short notice that 1.) we could get a vaccination appointment in the USA (Dallas) for today, and that 2.) there was space on a nonstop flight from Frankfurt to Dallas on Saturday (our anniversary), although we thought that we would be bored to tears by staying in Dallas for a few extra days on each end of the trip, just in case we had reactions to the vaccine, but 3.) it doesn't look like it.

On Saturday, we woke up, said "happy anniversary," and then had to get a taxi into Düsseldorf at 6:30 AM German time (11:30 the night before, Dallas time). The train down to Frankfurt airport was on time (first German train to do that in a month), and the Frankfurt airport had finally figured out that it made more sense to check people's documents at check-in instead at the boarding gate, after taking people's tickets and checking their bags, and THEN maybe refusing them boarding. As last summer, they decided that my wife and I REALLY were married (what thorough detective work--as last time, I brought a copy of our marriage certificate from Arlington, Virginia from April 10, 1982).

The ten+ hour flight to Dallas was on my least favorite U.S.carrier (American), but it was a new plane (787), with comfortable seats and great food (what got into them?), and it was on time to the minute. At immigration (aka CBP) and customs, we breezed through, and our Dallas housemates picked us up at the airport. We had Thai food at the house and conked out at around 9:00 PM Dallas time, which was 4:00 AM the next day for us. Thirty-nine years married, and 8 years together before that makes 47 years together. Where DID the time go? By the time we got to Dallas, there was a happy anniversary note from my brother on my US cell phone. Since we had a double wedding back in 1982, it's not difficult for us to remember each other's anniversary.

Today was our first vaccination appointment. When we got there, my wife was taken immediately, but they said they needed the info on my Medicare card, a document I haven't looked at since I got it 4 years ago. I have a photocopy--on my computer in Düsseldorf. They said they needed it if I had registered for Medicare. Oh, crap. They said they'd try to get the info from Washington, but it could take hours. Great. But it didn't take hours. It took five minutes. Zap, zippity doo dah, please wait 15 minutes, and we'll see you for the next one on May 10.

Now I'm POSITIVE something horrible has to happen this trip. It always does. Or else I used my share of Murphy's law bad karma on that last trip down to France a couple of weeks ago? I couldn't tell ya.

But so far, so good. I have a ton of other stuff to do, and we hope to make time to meet up with another DUer from the Dallas area before we head back to Germany. It is almost 80°F here and sunny in Dallas, and it is about 35°F and snowing in central Germany, where our daughter lives. Now THIS is more like karma. Our younger daughter, who has been working her ass off in the Frankfurt area on various projects while balancing being a conscientious mother to two little girls, finished her work, and took off with her partner and two of his sons to the Maldives for ten days. They spent the whole time sending us pics of clear aquamarine blue water with dolphins, black-tipped sharks and sea turtles cavorting around them. Talk about cruelty to parents week! So, now we are in the sun, and they returned home to a blizzard. Now you know why Schadenfreude is a German word.

After the vaccinations today, we had lunch at a place in Dallas that we used to go to when my HQ was in this area. The guy who always brings us water and iced tea refills recognized me immediately, despite mask and unfamiliar company (my wife), although I hadn't been in there for a year or more. I guess not too many Anglos speak to him in Spanish with a Spain accent. I can speak Mexican Spanish, but it doesn't come naturally to me, and I'm pretty sure a Mexican would detect it.

Anyway, we're still waiting for some kind of reaction to the vaccine. Waking up in the morning to find we have become giant cockroaches, or something. On Friday, we head up to New York, where our US-based daughter is supposed to give birth to her first child. It is SUPPOSED to happen while we are there. If not, we'll ask the Fates for a refund.

Other than that, same old, same old.

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Reply One of the weirder wedding anniversaries, but whatever (Original post)
DFW Apr 12 OP
CaliforniaPeggy Apr 12 #1
DFW Apr 12 #2
CaliforniaPeggy Apr 12 #4
Ocelot II Apr 12 #3
DFW Apr 12 #6
elleng Apr 12 #5
DFW Apr 12 #7
7wo7rees Apr 12 #8
DFW Apr 12 #9
Fla Dem Apr 12 #10
Bo Zarts Apr 12 #11
mgardener Apr 12 #12
Hekate Apr 12 #13
dhol82 Apr 12 #14
DFW Apr 13 #18
Jopin Klobe Apr 12 #15
Duppers Apr 12 #16
DFW Apr 13 #17

Response to DFW (Original post)

Mon Apr 12, 2021, 07:01 PM

1. Never a dull moment, my dear DFW! Not for the two of you, anyway...

But I think you rather like it, amiright?

I'm glad your trip is going smoothly! And I hope you have time to meet up with your other DU friend!

Early congrats on the coming grandchild! Hope all goes well on that front too.



Hi to your lovely wife!



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Response to CaliforniaPeggy (Reply #1)

Mon Apr 12, 2021, 07:06 PM

2. Thanks, Peggy, as usual.

We will let you know about our newest family member as soon as he puts in his initial appearance.

Lovely wife says hi back to you and LM, and she indeed still is exactly that. She never ceases to amaze, but don't tell her I told you so.

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Response to DFW (Reply #2)

Mon Apr 12, 2021, 07:07 PM

4. And thank you!

Not to worry--it'll be our little secret.

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Response to DFW (Original post)

Mon Apr 12, 2021, 07:06 PM

3. You do get around!

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Response to Ocelot II (Reply #3)

Mon Apr 12, 2021, 07:10 PM

6. The Beach Boys had nothing on us! n/t

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Response to DFW (Original post)

Mon Apr 12, 2021, 07:07 PM

5. Congrats on Same old, Same old!

And bon voyageS!

Wilkkommen to New York, when you get there!



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Response to elleng (Reply #5)

Mon Apr 12, 2021, 07:11 PM

7. "Start spreading the news............."

Et merci und Danke!

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Response to DFW (Original post)

Mon Apr 12, 2021, 07:30 PM

8. So glad to hear your trip went well and no issues with getting vaxed!!

What restaurant did you visit? Just curious, we've lost a lot of restaurants this last year.
Hope only a sore arm for you both.
Ms. 7wo7rees

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Response to 7wo7rees (Reply #8)

Mon Apr 12, 2021, 07:44 PM

9. Parigi on Oak Lawn

It's not super-expensive or exclusive, and the food is consistently good with an always-friendly staff.

So far, not even a sore arm, but we're not excluding the possibility just yet!

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Response to DFW (Original post)

Mon Apr 12, 2021, 08:34 PM

10. Ok, I'm worn out just reading your exploits and plans.

Have a great time while you’re in the States.

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Response to DFW (Original post)

Mon Apr 12, 2021, 08:56 PM

11. We were talking about our time in Dallas tonight ..

Eight years between 1996 and 2004. Bittersweet. We had lived in Houston for five years (1981-1986). And I had been stationed in Texas for flight school before Vietnam.

Ironically, I always bitch about Texas. I say that the best things out of Texas are I-20 and I-10. But then I bounce back to Texas for my most productive photo shoots.

And I’m the former DemoTex.

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Response to DFW (Original post)

Mon Apr 12, 2021, 09:06 PM

12. Congrats !!

On your vaccine and immenete birth of grandchild!
And of course your anniversary.
We have been married almost 44 years.

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Response to DFW (Original post)

Mon Apr 12, 2021, 09:15 PM

13. Happy, happy everything, DFW!

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Response to DFW (Original post)

Mon Apr 12, 2021, 09:21 PM

14. Glad to hear almost everything worked out.

Has your daughter given birth yet? Is she at least having contractions?

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Response to dhol82 (Reply #14)

Tue Apr 13, 2021, 01:51 AM

18. Not yet

We emailed the baby that we would appreciate waiting until we got there.

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Response to DFW (Original post)

Mon Apr 12, 2021, 09:44 PM

15. "Now I'm POSITIVE ..." ...

Ahhhh, just an unsolicited tip ...

... during a story about getting the COVID -19 vaccine, don't ... don't start off a paragraph with "Now I'm POSITIVE ..." ...

... OK? ...

... please? ...

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Response to Jopin Klobe (Reply #15)

Mon Apr 12, 2021, 11:10 PM

16. That "positive" caught my breath too.

Relief that all is fine!


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Response to Jopin Klobe (Reply #15)

Tue Apr 13, 2021, 01:49 AM

17. Hmm

I suppose I could have expressed that differently, now that you mention it.

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