My parents drove me to the airport, and we got my luggage checked, and we went to the CDE security checkpoint and found a 45-minute line, so we walked to the AB checkpoint where there was absolutely no line at all and the cheerful TSA people and I joked about my knowing the secrets of the airport, like the nonbusy gate.
My parents and I said our tearful goodbyes, and I went through the usual security checkpoints without incident other than being unable to untie my own shoe. (Amidst much laughter, I gave up and just yanked off my shoe, where it scanned without incident.)
And then I ran to a gate that wasn't mine, for a flight leaving an hour and fifteen minutes earlier, and only barely made it, just a couple minutes before the person I was looking for had to board.
For all the things she's said, my beloved mate Rakeela never told me how cute she is as a human.
I've always liked the theatrical, in the literal sense of the theatre, and I conceptualize many things in that manner, so perhaps the only thing I can say is
~~End of Act I~~
Act II will begin at 12:10 PM Pacific time