Ticket to Ride

Phil and I both had passports that went unused. Mine expired before being used and Phil expired before using his. That was not very nice to him. I had gotten mine in 2008 when Wheel of Fortune still gave “a lucky wheelwatcher” the trip won in that night’s Prize Puzzle. Apparently, I was not a “lucky wheelwatcher” despite being a prepared-to-travel wheelwatcher. Phil had gotten his in hopes of riding his 1989 Harley Davidson ElectraGlide from New Mexico to Canada. He had ridden it up to Washington state, but had to stop at the Canadian border because he did not then have a passport. I got my passport in 2008 and it expired in 2018. Phil got his passport in 2018 and he expired in 2019. The international travel Wheel of Fortune never seemed to land on Phil or me.

Phil, happily riding his “bike.”

I have traveled domestically. While working in research, I traveled to cities all around the country to assist with clinical trial kick-offs. I loved getting to see my Country and would always try to see as much as possible at the different locations. While I’m always ready to rejoice in my retiree status, I remain extremely grateful for the travel opportunities I was afforded while working.

I do have an easily-renewed PBS Passport (a mere $75 annual donation) which allows me to stream the many wonderful and often exotically set programs they broadcast. I love to travel to the High Dells of Yorkshire while watching “All Creatures Great and Small.” I have seen the beauty of Corfu in Greece while watching “The Durrells in Corfu.” Like Zoom meetings, I don’t have any travel time and don’t need to be overly concerned about my appearance (with Zoom, from the shoulders down; however, in all honesty I look bad from the shoulders down no matter what I do and not much better from the shoulders up), but unlike Zoom meetings, there’s no social interaction. Being that I’m socially-awkward, it keeps me from reflecting badly on the United States, which is a good thing. My PBS Passport has allowed me to further my domestic travels also. I’ve rejoiced in, “The Black Church,” and further explored my local culture with my local PBS station’s program “Colores.” The PBS Passport has been great, because it allowed me to continue my virtual travel (local and abroad) during the pandemic. The Pandemic. THE PANDEMIC (this is a written echo – the pandemic is always ready to sneak in and reflect back into everything I do).

The pandemic… I got my first dose of the Pfizer vaccine yesterday. In three weeks, I hope to get my second dose. In my mind (oh no, we’re not going there again), this will be my pharmaceutical passport to leave my house for more than an hour or two at a time. Where will I go? How will I go? What will I do? Who will care for Cinnamon (who has with no intent at all, preserved my mental and emotional health over the past 12 months)? Thank you Pfizer, for re-introducing where, what, who and how into my life. Thank you PBS Passport for allowing me to see so much of the world’s beauty without leaving my sofa. United States Postal Service, hang in there. I may want to renew my passport one day. Life is good!

5 thoughts on “Ticket to Ride”

  1. Wow! What special status gave you the privilege of getting a vaccine before me who is 64yo diabetic with cirrhosis of the liver? I guess being white does. Because my last name screams “illegal immigrant” to dumb white people. They know not the difference between European Hispanic and Immigrated Mexican to USA bc of last name! Ugh!

    Shannon also got her shot today! The day after she retired as teacher (essential worker). Healthy as a horse too! Not fair! A 30yo Hispanic cousin married a white man so she got her shot yesterday! She is a realtor, and no I don’t think realtors should be considered essential workers, bc they earn big dollars on a house sale, they can live off for 3 months.

    Yes, I’m angry with the system bc whites programmed the computer.


    1. I hope you get your vaccine soon! I registered on the DOH page the first day we could, not in an attempt to receive the vaccine before anyone else, but in an attempt to be personally responsible. The only health issue I listed was scleroderma; an autoimmune illness I’ve battled for over 20 years.


      1. I didn’t realize you had health issues (scleroderma doesn’t sound fun – tightening of skin – seems it would be painful). Good luck with your 2nd dosage. I’ve been reading anecdotal accts of covid symptoms appearing after the 2nd dose (2nd – 3rd day). Doctors say it is just bc your immune system is working against virus. You will need Tylenol or Ibuprofen.

        “The W.H.O. recommends using acetaminophen (Tylenol) or Ibuprofen to help reduce fever and aches and pains. If you choose acetaminophen, make sure your total dose does not exceed 3,000 milligrams per day.”

        I wish you well. Plz continue to mask, stay 6ft space, wash hands when out and about, and don’t touch face, bc new variants are not fought with this current vaccine no matter the brand. I will stay home bc I am used to it.


  2. Hi Jennie. Hilarious! So glad to hear you’ve had your first vaccine. I keep holding my arm up, but no appointment yet. I have watched the first two episodes of The Black Church. Really enjoyed them. Have any more episodes aired? They haven’t shown up in my list yet, and that seems strange to me. My first flowers have shown their faces …… mini daffodils. Such a welcome sight. Lately, I have been bird watching! Lots of fun. Can’t wait till we can go out to lunch. Meanwhile, PBS. Stay safe. Your Friend, Andrea



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