Getting to Ashland was painless and hassle free. Since I work for an airline, I get to fly standby, so long as there’s an empty seat for me. This is a great benefit, but it can sometimes turn into a nightmare…weather, maintenance, load restrictions, and all those paying people who show up at the gate and want to get on the earlier flight I gave myself 3 options for each flight, I was able to get on the first flight of choice each time! I even flew on another carrier from Portland to Medford which was completely stress free! They gave me a seat assignment when I checked in at the ticket counter…yes, the flight only had about 18 people…but US Airways doesn’t do that and it takes a load off knowing you’re not going to get lost in the shuffle at the gate!
After the shuttle driver, who picked me up in Medford, asked what brought me here, and I answered that I’m taking a shoemaking class, he went on about how much he detests women’s high heels. He said how unattractive they look and how they’re emerging again into fashion after what seemed like a comfort shoe movement. He does live in Ashland…there’s no shortage of Dansko wearing people. (which I wear!…at work)
I arrived a little too early to check-in (9:30am), which I wasn’t expecting to check-in, just drop my bags off so I could go wonder around Ashland, which I did. The man at the front desk suggested Morning Glory for a place to get breakfast. Now, if I opened a breakfast place, this is what it would look like and there wouldn’t be much difference in the menu. In fact, most everything on the menu, I seem to have made at some point for Sunday Brunch with friends. The prices were a bit shocking ($13-$15… for breakfast dishes and I was eating at a counter) and ($3-$4 for coffee and tea) but the service was wonderful and the food was delicious AND it was their 15th Anniversary, so they offered a complimentary mimosa.
I chatted a little with the lady who sat down next to me. She’s a costume maker! She visited Ashland about 30 years ago, went home, sold her belongings (car included) and moved to Ashland. She teased that maybe I would do the same…
This morning is the first day of class and it absolutely feels like the first day of school. I have that nervous, excited, anxious feeling.