My trip was delayed due to my cancelled flight last night, but my morning flight was lovely and uneventful. I was surprised to see the ticket agent had upgraded me to first class, but then again, first class is a pretty loose use of those terms when there are only 6 seats on the plane devoted to that section. The flight from Chicago to Charlotte, NC, and Charlotte to Naples are only about 2 hours each, so it's not as if it was a transatlantic flight where I needed to stretch out and it was too early to drink (even for me!), so my upgrade was pretty useless. Nevertheless, it was a lovely surprise gesture and it got me through security faster -I love those priority lanes --yes I know, I'm kind of an elitist, but I do enjoy the privilege occasionally!
Anyway, even though I woke up at 3:30 (AM!) for my flight, I've had a very enjoyable day. Naples is beautiful (in the weird Florida kind of way -sorry Floridians!) and the weather has been lovely. It's not very hot, but it's my kind of weather -the kind where you can wear jeans, a sleeveless shirt and flip flops! I did some shopping today and discovered many things about being with the retirement community that I quite enjoy. When shopping sales, you're not really competing for the same great deals as your fellow shoppers. As I was perusing the (very on sale) sale shoe rack, I was reaching for all the heels while everyone else was looking for the comfortable orthopedics. But, it's very strange when you have them comment on your purchases. I was in lingerie and had a couple of ladies tell me how lovely the underwear was that I was looking at... needless to say, I immediately put it back.
Another enjoyable thing -driving. It's hard to get lost here and even if you do, it's very easy to find a place to turn around. The streets are wide with multiple lanes and turning cut outs and the street signs are HUGE! I think I could take my contacts out and still be able to read them. AND, the signs are illuminated at night -how easy is that? I grew up in Boston where you were lucky if streets had signs... and if they did they were written in type 12 font.
Anyway, day 1 of living with the retirees has been great... lets see if I survive the rest.