We were in San Francisco for the first time but we almost did not make it, here is the story:
On Nov 22nd, 2010 We caught our first flight from Stockholm, they were not sure about my French passport and they called someone who told them it was Ok but at the arrival in Switzerland after passing all controls, we were in the line to board the plane, one woman from Swiss Air I think, came to me and took my passport from my hand and went away with it, then she looked at me with her colleagues and laughed , she came back to me and told me ” you´re not flying” turned to Mikael and said” you are flying , she is not ” this extremely rude woman thought it was very funny and apparently enjoyed her power very much, my French passport was still valid but of an older model which was not accepted for the US anymore, they should have stopped me in Stockholm .
They sent us back to Stockholm same day. I went to work the day after having just given up on that trip. Oh well it was just a first time in the US, in San Francisco where Bruce Lee was born, it was just to meet Ted Wong, Allen Joe, Linda Lee, and some of the actors who played in Bruce´s movies and a number of international JKD practitioner…. well it was just a dream trip that I was losing just like that.
But the day after at work everyone was so shocked that I was there, they told me I could not possibly pass on this trip, they would even help me if I needed but I just had to go. It was so nice of them and I was so sad and disappointed, I talked to Mikael and we decided to try to catch first flight, the hotel was still available so we did, we flew again on Nov 24th .
I pass on all the details from the room that had disappeared when we arrived, the luggage that did not make it back, my card for Bruce Lee 70th birthday that was not displayed with the others and so on … Minor details !
Here is what´s important, it was such a joy to meet Allen again, “my favorite French girl” he called me :-), Bruce Lee´s birthday celebration was very nice, we even got a tour in SF with Jeff Chinn, meeting Linda was a big thing for me, so big I could not talk ! I felt so stupid afterwards because I might never meet her again but the whole experience was priceless, we were so happy. During dinner we asked for Ted, Allen told us he was not well and that he would get back to us as soon as he had some news.
This is not before we were back to Sweden that we got the news. Ted had passed this day we finally made it on the second flight. It was sudden and unexpected for us who did not know about his condition, we have missed him since then.
I had not met him a lot, first time was in 2005 same day I met Mikael for the first time, that day changed my whole life.
Rest in Peace Sifu Ted, until we meet again.