Well, I would love to write that the Cincinnati group had a wonderful travel day, full of new adventures and better knowledge of the Alamo, but that would be a Janus-faced lie.
We left Summit at 5 am on a bus to Louisville (b/c of the always higher rates at CVG). The intent was to arrive in San Antonio at 11:30 am and then wait for the rest of the OH delegation to arrive so that we could all board the 1:30 bus to the Alamo/Riverwalk.
Following Callimachus‘ advice that ‘a big book is a big evil’ (mega biblion, mega kakon), the bottom line is that we did not leave Louisville until 3:40 pm and therefore did not arrive at San Antonio until 7:45 pm.
So what exactly did we do for 8 hours in the Louisville airport and another 4 hours en route?
- wait for the airline agent to mess up our flight and subsequent connections
- play cards
- stare at the ceiling
- practice certamen
- try to sleep
- wait (again) for the airline agent to mess up our flight and subsequent connections
- buy the Sunday NY Times and read practically every article except the Book Review and the Magazine
- eat at KFC
- actually sleep
- lose sun tan lotion, water, and shaving cream to the security agent (‘too big to take on the plane’)
- sit in the wrong terminal and come close to missing the call to board from the correct one
- endure a very hot 70 minute flight from Dallas to San Antonio – Tullus, Julia, and I were in the very last row, right next to the sound and view of one of the engines
The rest of the OH delegation did in fact do the Alamo/Riverwalk. The adjectives which I heard to describe the visit were hot, touristy, and humid. The St. Edward group also visited an alumnus who became an artist and has a studio nearby. They even heard a lovely harp song from his wife during their tour.
The OH delegation met for its first nightly Fellowship at 10:30 pm. In keeping with the tenor of the day, I was late. But everyone else was on time, and OJCL President Lindsey Dierig and the Executive Board did a great job prepping the group for the week to come.