Tuesday, December 2, 2008

SNAP! (Tour: Day 2)

You simply could not script these kinds of things.

So after an impromptu stop in New York City without my luggage, (with beautiful weather, thank you very much!) I climbed back onto Continental Airlines, and everything looked to be in great shape - that great weather, flights on-time, no frantic passengers or workers! I was home free.

The passengers get settled, the door is closed, we are ready for take-off .... wait a minute. The pilot is speaking. "What is he saying?" "No. Seriously. What is he talking about???"

"Ladies and Gentlemen, we are all ready to go here on flight 144 to Madrid, but there is just one little hitch that we have to take care of before we can pull away from the gate: the baggage handlers down below in the cargo area have seen a Snapping Turtle which must have escaped during the previous flight on this aircraft, which came in from Florida. They've got to try and catch him before we take off here, and apparently he's proving to be a stubborn little thing. We've called animal control."

An hour later, they apparently got him to safety, and we were on our way.


I walked off the plane today at 12:00, sat for over an hour in Madrid lunchtime traffic, freshened up in 20 minutes and was off to an interview and a full day of rehearsals. I'm exhausted, but the games have officially begun!


A snapping turtle on the loose.



Ann said...

You're right, you can't script these things. I'm so glad you're sharing this joy with us!

fer said...

hehehe! I'm exited about the Furore tomorrow coming to Madrid!

see you/listen to you there!

Operafan said...

Unbelievable, but you made it, and that's the best part of the story!! ALL BEST!!

pepita said...

you know what is priceless ?
That after such a long trip and such turtles adventures, you still remain smiling, you still take time to post for your fellows readers, you still take time for interviews, etc, etc !!

Enjoy your Furore ride and have a nice opening tonight.

All the best !

John Kenneth Adams said...

Gee Whizz..Joyce! At least you didn't leave the computer on the plane. Good Luck for "Furore"..and take care of yourself. Cheers!

Hariclea said...

ROFL!!!!!! the things one enconters travelling, never had a turtle before! Glad you made it there safely and may Madrid give you loads of love for all the gorgeous singing you so generously give!

Anonymous said...

Hi (yes it's me again)

Such a cold and rainy day out there... just to tell you...

Good luck and all the best tonight!



Papagena said...


Boy, did I laugh at this one :-P

So welcome back!!! Can't wait to see you and listen to your Furore in just a couple of hours...BIEEEEEEEN!!!!

I know you'll be great tonight, but anyway I wish you all the best :-)

Muchos besos

Gi said...

At least that was funnier than unattended luggage or something like that.
Take care!

asido said...

Joyce, thank you so much for this concert in Madrid. Simply spectacular. Unbelievable.

Anonymous said...

"There's no half way. If it's not right, it's wrong", you once said.

And the ceiling came down with passion, something must be right, someone must be.

Thinking of yesterday performance, first stage European leg Furore Tour... just one word...


I'm not able to describe it any further... yesterday night: priceless!

Thank you for your voice, your Händel, your smile... and that JoyDe written down on my CD sleeve. Muchas gracias a ti.



Anonymous said...

Gotta love that 1-liner : "A snapping turtle on the loose" LOL!

Hope your cold is 100% gone by now! (?)

Thanks to all of you guys for sharing your impressions about the Joyce's concert in Madrid.

Mei, what about you? Were you there?

Mei said...


Yesterday I've arrived to Madrid for my Furore dose... I'm satisfied... The concert was great, the second half specially with Scherza infida and the Dejanira's arias...

I must talk to you regarding the next Joyce's performance at TCE in February. I'll be there for the second performance. I want to hear this Béatrice in french...!! ;-)