“Go west, young man, go west”

As a history lesson, “go west, young man, go west” was an expression first used by John Soule in the Terra Haute Express in 1851. Horace Greeley liked the phrase and changed it slightly to “go west, young man, and grow up with the country”.

I am not young nor a man, but I thought the expression was apropos. I will be flying to Seattle tomorrow to see my kids and granddaughters. I am so excited. It’s a long flight, actually several flights, but it is so worth it.

As someone who has a mobility disability, I have started using a wheelchair at each one of my stops. It is just way too far between gates for me to walk, even with my cane. So I appreciate the services that the airports have! As an added bonus, I don’t have to stand in security lines. I go right to the front. Although I would rather not be disabled and have to stand in line, if I had my choice!

One of the last times I traveled, and landed in Seattle, the attendant who was pushing the wheelchair stated that she would not take a tip less than five dollars. I was ready to give her two dollars. So I looked it up online, and realized that the going rates for a wheelchair attendant was in fact five dollars. I have now begun to have enough cash to be able to give each one five dollars. I rarely have cash in my pocket so I have to make a concerted effort to get the money before I travel.
So I may be quiet for a while. If you don’t hear from me, I’m busy playing with my granddaughters! Being a grandmother is the best thing in the world. I wouldn’t trade it for anything!

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