3:00 - Climbed blearily out of bed and put on my uniform. Ate some cereal, looked halfheartedly at the forms I'm supposed to send back ASAP to UCU, and scribbled a few notes into my dayplanner.
3:30 - Left the house, iPod blaring.
4:05 - Arrived at work and did my pre-trip, only to discover that the radio wasn't working. That always makes for a verrry long shift.
4:15 - Headed out on my first trip, to the beach. No passengers.
6:00 - Picked up a young Chinese student at the airport and headed to Gainesville with him. I got to give him a new 'English name' - he had been going by Fred (to limit the confusion caused by his real name, Tong-Hai), but I told him that was a terrible choice, so he agreed to switch to Jason. (He just looked like a Jason to me...)
7:50 - Dropped off Jason/Fred/Tong-Hai - no tip - and collected passenger number two, nicknamed 'Dutch' - a retired Vietnam vet who audits history and politics classes at UF and whose life dream is to join the Peace Corps with his wife. We had a great conversation about the disintegration of America's world image because of our clueless leader.
9:45 - Dropped 'Dutch' at the terminal. Again, not one red cent. ("Wow, that ride just flew by. Maybe I'll see you again Wednesday evening when I come back?" he said hopefully. Hah.)
10:00 - Headed out to the beach for my last trip, carting a walk-up passenger to the Mayo Clinic. I'd seen him tip an airport staff member $20 for carrying his bags, so I had high hopes, but once arrived, he ended up forgetting that he hadn't paid me the fare yet, and so the fat $20 tip had to become the $20 fare. Once again, no dice.
12:00 - Post-tripped the van, washed it off, and left.
12:45 - Arrived home to find both parents gone. Made a ravioli Lean Cuisine for lunch and did a bit of Netherlands packing reorganization.
13:00 - Went to sleep.
17:28 - Woke up before the alarm, saw the sunshine streaming through the windows and nearly had a heart attack, thinking in my sleepy daze that I had missed my 4 AM call.
17:31 - Calmed down. Went back to sleep for a few minutes.
17:50 - Got up with the alarm, put on my bathing suit, and headed out to swim practice.
18:20 - Arrived at the pool. Yelled at Brian for having had Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince in his posession for a full six days and not having finished it.
18:30 - Started warming up. Got in 1700 yards (500 free, 500 kick, 200 drill, 200 stroke, and another 300 kick) before practice officially started at 19:00.
19:10 - Started doing our coach's sets. First it was 12 x 50 free on :50, descending by 4s (ouch!), then a 300 kick with fins, and then one great big long set - 5 x 100 free, 300 kick (with fins), 5 x 100 of each stroke plus an IM, 300 kick with fins, 5 x 100 of one stroke, 300 kick with fins.
20:20 - Last set: 12 x 50 easy/fast on 1:00. I did 4 (my shoulder was starting to hurt), then warmed down, for a total of 5000 yards.
20:30 - Practice ended; we all showered and changed and jumped in our cars to head to San Marco.
21:00 - Regrouped at Pizza Palace for our coach's welcome-back party. Had a salad and split a chicken-and-spinach calzone with Linda. Heaven on earth! I'm definitely going back there.
22:20 - Arrived home. Showered, put on my PJs, put the heating pad on my shoulder, and had a little frozen yogurt while flipping between Honey and The Amazing Panda Adventure on TV.
23:10 - Went to bed for a precious almost-four hours before I had to get up and do it all over again, today!