I kept my alcohol intake to just one glass with each of the two meals and drank plenty of water. At last I got to see a couple of movies outstanding on my list from Academy Award season – ‘Skyfall’ was entertaining, but I really love the old Maggie Smith in ‘Quartet’. The last half of ‘Life of Pi’ with the boy and the tiger all at sea was enough to give me the message.
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WHAT WELCOME TO AMERICA?
My bag is the last off – a baggage handler already filling out a form when it comes down the chute. Then for a taxi – a socially-challenged girl sits slumped, looking totally bored and disinterested in life itself, behind the desk under where new arrivals go for ‘Ground Transportation’. The guilt that swept over me as I dared interrupt her to ask about a taxi dissipated instantly on receiving a monosyllabic answer without as much as looking up. Who is in charge of Welcome here?