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So I was on the queue to the last check-in area before we actually boarded the plane. The older man at the choke point checked each person’s passport and then asked “final destination.” He looked friendly enough and looked like someone who had a sense of humour so when it got to my turn, I said “Heaven”. He laughed and commented that just the day before a white man said he was going to hell because he was “Esu” (satan). I commented that he had probably gone into the hinterland and contacted our “people”. There was very “active” group with one of them in front of me. He kindly pointed out the father of the current speaker to me. The staff I previously mentioned kept asking some people in front of me whether they were part of the group, so I asked the man in front of me what group they belonged to and he said they were members of the house (senators/honorables).

I took the greyhound bus from Charlotte, NC to Cleveland, Ohio. The bus more or less broke down about 2hours into the journey at Wythefield. The driver said we had lost 3 lognuts from one of the wheels, so the company had to send another bus from Charlotte. We ended up staying there for about 6 hours. I finally got to my destination 6 hours late. Came out of the Greyhound station and the taxi man told me the fare to Akron was $92. He asked if I was ready to go and I told him it was a little expensive for me and that I needed to consider my options. Afterall, I paid $115 for the 670miles from Charlotte to Ohio, and I was being asked to pay $91 for a 25mile trip! Just about that time, “Tony” came out to smoke a cigarette, he conversationally narrated his woes to me – he came all the way from California and was also going to Akron. He said the lady at the Greyhound desk at California spoke Spanish and understood very little English and mistakenly booked his ticket with the destination as Cleveland instead of Akron (shorter journey) so he ended up paying more for the wrong destination. I welcomed him to the club. He said he tried to get it fixed at all the subsequent stations were the bus checked in, but it proved impossible, but that at Ohio, the guy at the desk fixed it in about 10seconds. He then told me that he was placed on a Greyhound bus to Akron which would take off at 8:55am free of charge. The time was about 8:15am at the moment. So I rushed in and bought a ticket for about $10 and I was placed on an earlier bus leaving at 8:25am. I got to Greyhound station at Akron, asked the way to downtown from a couple of guys at the bus station, They were very helpful, even going so far as asking the driver to assist me in locating the right stop. I finally got off at “the main place” – like the station for the Akron Metro Line. I bought a whole day pass for $3 and went on a merry go round trip of Akron to get to my destination. I called my cousin from a doughnut shop (using an AT & T card) and left him a voice mail. I then went to take a look at Burial ground  on the South Avenue close to Tallmadge circle. There were chipmunks scampering about among the graves and headstones. I read a few of the names and calculated the number of years they were alive – varied from 2 to 86years for some of the headstones close to the curb.
My cousin showed up soon, he had got the message and called back, but I had already left the store. Dropped me off at the Cinema where I watched the new Pixar animation move “Wall-E”. It was just Ok, the pace was a little slow because I actually nodded off a couple of time, which never happens to me except on very rare occasions. I think I will go see Wanted next time.

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