PG apologizes for not posting yesterday.
PG and Mrs. PG planned to go to Carmel, California. to celebrate their wedding anniversary. Carmel was one of the destinations they visited during their honeymoon.
For those who have not visited Carmel, it is a charming seaside town in Northern California, a bit south of San Francisco. Carmel has many attractions.
Carmel was founded in 1771 when Spanish monks built a mission there. In addition to its ecclesiastical purposes, Carmel was built as a place for a weary traveler to stop for the night while traveling along the Pacific coast. The mission still stands and conducts daily masses.
Carmel is one of a series of twenty-one missions built about a day’s travel apart, beginning with San Diego on the south, first claimed for the Spanish Empire in 1542, and ending with the mission of Mission San Francisco Solano, founded in 1823 in a city now called Sonoma, part of California’s wine country about an hour north (by car) of San Francisco, another former mission location.
PG has only visited a handful of these missions, but the Carmel mission is only one of the city’s attractions. It has a long (by English-speaking California standards) history as an art colony and still has many art galleries and gallery/studios together with a picturesque beach.
Unfortunately, however, the PGs’ first flight to Northern California was cancelled. PG scrambled and booked another flight to San Francisco, leaving from a different airport about an hour away from Casa PG. They drove to the second airport, arriving there in plenty of time for the flight.
As PG and Mrs. PG were using a busy escalator in the airport a woman at the front of the line of passengers lost her balance and fell backwards. Like a row of dominoes collapses after one is tipped, Mrs. PG tipped back into PG (who was lugging their carry-on baggage) and he tipped into the person behind him, etc. PG never got a count, but thinks about 8-9 people were piled up on the escalator.
Of course, the escalator didn’t realize what had happened and kept trying to move its load upwards. The PG’s discovered that lying approximately on their backs in a small crowd on a moving escalator is a very uncomfortable experience. The pointy steps just keep coming, one after another, but nobody on the escalator is standing or moving so the steps drag along whatever part of one’s body is in contact with them. Everyone in the pileup is highly incented to regain their feet at the same time which is not conducive to anyone regaining their feet.
For PG the general experience was like being worked on by a very powerful and over-enthusiastic masseuse who had extremely sharp nails.
Someone finally hit the emergency stop button for the escalator. Airport officials and paramedics converged and a variety of sore travelers were slowly helped down the stairs. The paramedics determined that Mrs. PG needed to be transported to a local hospital’s emergency room. Shortly thereafter, an ambulance arrived, Mrs. PG was made as comfortable as possible and hauled away on a gurney. One of the airport personnel volunteered to cancel their flight reservations.
With the help of several very kind strangers, PG was helped to collect all of the PG’s luggage, transport it to the location where the car was parked and redeposit it into the trunk. He thereafter, with the assistance of Google Maps drove to the very large hospital and was directed to one of the private rooms in the Emergency room complex. Mrs. PG was thereafter seen by a number of doctors and nurses. A head-to-toe CAT scan was ordered for her.
After about an hour and a half, the doctor determined that (amazingly) nothing was broken and released her. PG picked her up as she was transported in a wheel chair to their car.
They arrived home and Mrs. PG, assisted by the painkillers she had received at the hospital, fell asleep. Despite his own gouges and scrapes, PG took some ordinary painkillers, and dropped off to sleep after texting a very nice woman to cancel their reservations in Carmel.
This morning, each of the PG’s discovered various parts of their bodies which had been gouged. We’ve been slowly recovering, but not getting much done. Very kind friends are bringing dinner over shortly.
PG expects to feel a bit better in the morning and will likely resume normal posting at that time.