I found this graphic this morning and I just had to laugh! This is so my house. I have 3 black cats.
Last night my friend Deb told me to go to the Italian restaurant across town. She said the owner speaks Italian.
So, I go over there. I ask a lady if I could speak to the owner. The lady asked if she could help me with something and I started crying. I explained everything that has been going on. Turns out that one of the waitresses is from Rome!
Her name is Anna and I know that she is an angle here on earth. I explained everything to Anna. Anna started calling all of the hotels that were on Amber route.
Amber was no where to be found. The number for the hotel in Rome was wrong. Anna kept saying this is the wrong number. This number is for Florence. I know this code.
The gentlemen that owns the restaurant finally come out and see's Anna on the phone speaking Italian. So he asks what is going on.
Once he is filled in the gentlemen just looks at me and asks why she did not take travelers checks. Oh that is an easy one. I suggest to Amber that she go get some, but my mother told her that she would not need them. So Amber listened to my mom.
Side note: I have chewed my mother out for this. I think my exact words were " Thanks for contradicting me in front of Amber and telling her that she would not need travelers checks. Now look at the mess she is in." My mom just said well live and learn.
After about 3 hours of trying to get a hold of someone in Italy that MIGHT know where my daughter is.... well we gave up.
Anna said that she is from Rome. So she was going to go home and get on the Internet and try to figure something out.
I was just happy to have someone speaking Italian for me.
I get home and I jump om the computer. Where in the hell is my daughter?
I got the number for the U.S. Embassy in Rome and I was getting ready to call it, but I thought let me try the tour groups hot line again.
I finally got a hold of someone and they were able to give me the correct number to her hotel.
So now I am back to calling Rome. I should know Italian by now! Anyway I ask for someone who speaks English and they track down Amber for me.
Finally after how many hours of trying? I am finally speaking to Amber. I am trying to tell everything she will need to know about getting her money. That was when she says to me "mom can you please hurry, I am missing breakfast and we are going to see the pope today"
So let me get this straight. You don't listen to me about taking travelers checks. You call me crying because your money got stolen. I do EVERYTHING in my power to help you and this is all you have to say to me.
I hope the Pope smacked her with his wand thing.
Well guess what? I am going to take my sweet time on getting her atm card activated. Maybe I will get around to it on Monday?
Rusty is on vacation next week. So I am looking forward to that!
I think it is time for her to stand on her own two feet or fall on her face. Maybe she will remember something that Rusty told her "If you need anything or if something happens you go to the U.S. embassy and you tell the marine at the gate that your dad is a retired Gunny and they will help you."
Today I am going to go to some yard sales and just chill. I will need to go and talk to Anna, but other then that I have nothing much planned.