Readers-- When Ed and I returned home from Vegas on Monday night, we realized that his journal, which he has been keeping since Hudson's death from meningitis, was missing from the things he packed for the trip. Our friends have started a Facebook and Twitter campaign to help us find it and I'm trying the blog, too, since I know a lot of folks who read here don't know us personally or on Facebook.
We suspect it may have been left on our outbound flight, Southwest Flight 2743 on Sept. 4 (BWI-LAS-OAK), probably when we deplaned in Vegas. The only flight attendant whose name I remember is Brandy, but we did not talk with her personally. We sat on the very last row on the left side of the plane (if you're facing the front of the plane), middle and window seats. The journal is about 5x7, hard, textured cover with multicolored (but mostly green) stripes. It has some pages from another journal attached with a small binder clip to the front cover. Hudson's name and my name (Mandy) are obviously scattered throughout the journal, and at least the date of her death (May 13, 2010), if not her full name (Hudson Lily Hitchcock Chaney) are written on the inside front page.
I've contacted lost and found at all three airports where the plane traveled, the airline (including central baggage services in Dallas, where I have someone personally looking for it, as well as a few flight attendant friends who have posted on the Southwest crew online message forum), and the hotel. If you can think of any other way we might try to locate it, please let me know, and if you are willing to post details to your FB or Twitter accounts, and ask your friends to repost as well, on the off-chance that someone has picked it up somewhere and is trying to return it to its owner, we'd be most grateful for that as well. Anyone who comes upon it can contact us here at the blog.
Thank you all so much. This is a much-treasured item, the return of which would be incredibly special.