Good morning. Time for a whine.
I'm such a spoiled American man. We're off to Sante Fe for vacation!
Well, not quite. After rising at 6;30, showering and so on and preparting for a 9 AM shuttle service pick up and an 11 AM flight, we discovered our first flight has been canceled. We've been booked on a 1:42 flight. The net impact, instead of arriving at our hotel about 8:30 PM this evening, we'll arrive about 2 AM Tuesday morning.
It's no one's fault. Weather caused the cancellation. My wife challenged that assertion. Was the weather really that bad? It's just a little rain. I don't know.
So everything is shifted back. We were to meet friends tomorrow, and we'll probably need to adjust those plans as well.
Nice, though, that through technology, I'd received an email notifying me of my issues and my new schedule. Without doing anything except buying the first ticket and existing, I've been re-booked on flights and my rental car agency notified. It's a lot different from the many frantic days of wrestling with conference calls, hotel reservations, and telephone calls to find new connections that I've gone through during past travel experience. My only call went to the shuttle service to reschedule my pickup.
Could they come at 11:30? No, they were booked. We had to find a compromise time. Numerous flight delays and cancellations had caused a noon log jam. go figure. We agreed she could pick us up a little earlier. We can kill time at our small airport.
Most frustrating to my wife is boredom. It's raining here. The house is cleaned. Everything is packed. She would normally be at the gym. She has a few hours to kill. "I'm going to be bored out of my gull," she complained.
I raised an eyebrow. "Gull?"
"Isn't that what we used to say?"
"Gull sounded sort of right."
I'm more fortunate. I picked up my laptop. "Do you mind if I go to the Beanery and do some writing?"
"Might as well. Have fun. See you later."
She'll be all right. She released a mild complaint but she'll find more than a few things to do to pass time, including reading and surfing the net.
So here I am...on vacation.
Causes Michael Seidel Supports
Kiva, Women's International League for Peace and Freedom, Propublica.org, Doctors Without Borders, GreaterGood.com