Apologies - if you're reading my blog - or read the previous one, you'll note spelling errors that I usually don't make. Two reasons. The iPad app that I am using to write the blog is less than user friendly and certainly not intuitive (that's why the font is so small.) Secondly the keyboard on my iPad is not the regular keyboard my fingers are accustomed to using. Last, this iPad is an older one and it tends to crash while I am using the app. So, sorry.
The Tom Bradley Terminal at LAX airport is incredible. Waiting in line at security you can hear every language in the world, and walking towards the gate for my plane there are gargantuan two-story Airbus A 380 planes waiting to take on their 500 plus passnegers each to deliver them to all corners of the world. Qatar Airways, Lufthansa, Tahiti Air, Air France, lined up wing tip to wing tip ready to take off into the clear blue Southern California sky.
My own plane arrives from Auckland, New Zealand - a smallish looking Boeing 777 - ready to take me to London.
11 hours later I found myself in Terminal 2 at LHR with less than 90 minutes to get to Terminal 5 for my flight to Glasgow. With a holdup at Security that I really didn't need - "digital cameras and Kindles are computers and have to be removed from your bag!" Followed by my non-heard response of, "why don't you change your signs to say that?". I made it to the gate with a minute to spare.
An hour later I was sitting in the Starbucks at the Glasgow airport enjoying the free (for an hour) wifi and waiting for my business partner, John C. Brown. A twenty minute bus ride, followed by a twenty minute walk got us to the apartment we rented for our stay.
Glasgow is an old city making a comeback. Our neighborhood is replete with a new Marriott and Hilton hotel, a forgotten car park and a government office building. There is a small 24 hour Tesco Express market a few blocks away where we picked up some groceries. (The apartment did not come with toilet paper.) The showers are good, the beds are ok, and the wifi works. Today we register at the Film Festival and plan out the rest of the week.
In 24 short hours we'll be at LAX checking in for our flight to London. Then on to Glasgow, finally with a city bus to the apartment on Argyle Street. Bags are packed, scarves and hats were located and safely put into the suitcase, all the batteries are currently charging and we've booked a tour for what we think will be the best day weather wise.
We appreciate all of you who have been watching our films on Amazon. They don't pay us very much - but every little bit helps. As my favorite Yahoo sailing crew on SV Delos says - watch our videos and buy us a beer. Since we'll be in Scotland, that will be "buy us an ale"!
In less than two weeks we will be in Glasgow, Scotland to watch The Neon Struggle in the KRAFTA International Film Festival. It's a festival with films about art and artists and we're especially pleased, and proud, to have been selected. The film plays on Sunday, the last day of the festival at 10 am in the main theater. We hope not everyone stays out late Saturday night and that we'll have a good audience.
The dilemma is packing. We live in Palm Springs, in Southern California where the daily temperature this month is over 100 Fahrenheit. In Glasgow, today's high was 57 F. We have not seen that kind of temperature since 5 in the morning last February! So what to pack? And, the last couple of trips we've been on, the airlines have lost our luggage. Not something that is fun, and something we want to avoid by packing carry-on only. So we need jackets (it rains in Scotland), sweaters (We need to buy some) and sturdy shoes (We've only been seen in flip-flops since March!)
Stay tuned here and on our Facebook page - we hope to post regular updates from Glasgow and let you know how we're doing.
Oh, and if you want to support our trip, and our film making efforts, please watch our films on Amazon, or buy a DVD on one of these pages! Thanks!
Where is that scarf? I saw it a few years ago...
Bert blogs here about visits to Film Festivals and other happenings in the This 'n That World...