just a quick check in to commemorate the fact that I am in th chicago airport alone. This is probably completely appropriate considering the reason it came about in the first place. My friend who made all of the arrangements was not able to come because her daughter had to have emergency surgery. She is doing well so no worries but itis a reminder that life throws you for a loop when you think you are on stable ground. So the trip just ggot a bit more adventurous. I wish I had brushed up on my italian!