Just checked my Inbox and (drum roll, please) . . . . the TICKETS CAME THIS AFTERNOON! Woohoo!!! I'll be leaving here on Saturday morning and traveling to the East Coast. From there, I'll have a direct flight to the U.A.E. It's a long one--13 hours! Seems like it would be a smart idea to actually try a few of those nicely illustrated chair exercises in the back of every complimentary in-flight magazine. I probably won't, though, and I'll undoubtedly end up with a stiff neck and sore bum. Yes, it's definitely going to feel like a long trip. However, 18 1/2 hours is pretty short in the spectrum of time--especially when that's all it takes to end up on the exact opposite side of the world.
86 hours and counting!!