Kind of a melancholy morning. I missed my flight to Houston. Actually, I didn't miss it, I was just prevented from getting on the plane....
I got to the ticket counter at 7:30. At 7:37, I had my receipts for my ticket and was ready to check my bag. The ticket counter lady said, "you're too late". What? "You have to check-in 30 minutes before departure". It was 30 minutes prior to departure when I got checked-in, but she didn't get to me until 7 minutes later. Even while I was talking to her and trying to get her to check my bag, I heard my name over the PA system for final boarding call. I asked her, "can you please let them know I'm on my way". She went over to the phone and talked to them. Then started typed on her keyboard furiously. I thought, "great, she's working with me." She came over with a printed ticket and set, "This is your standby ticket for the next flight to Houston." Whatever, Continental Airlines. I'm sitting in OKC on standby hoping to make the next flight.
I haven't been home since Friday the 12th. I had to flee from Houston. I miss being home.
I haven't seen my family since Monday morning.
I have to fly to Houston to connect on a flight to Midland.
I have to drive 550 miles from Midland to Houston...today.
Did I say I miss my family? So much. If I were with them, all of this other stuff would be so minor.
My work/home balance has been off-kilter for the past several months. Things are slower, so now I can start to find a balance.
But, I did find this beautiful bacon scene. It cheered me up a little.
I like to think I'm as intelligent as the next guy, but tonight I was challenged.
I'm in a hotel in okc and decided to take a shower. I got the water running and let it get nice and hot. I was ready to step in and wash off a full day of airports. But I couldn't figure out how to switch it over to shower.
I spent a couple of minutes trying and then weighed my options. I could either
(a) fill up the tub and take a bath.
(b) call the front desk and ask how to use the shower.
By chance, I happened to see a sign hidden by the shower curtain that had directions on how to use the shower.
So, I guess I'm not the only idiot who couldn't figure out the shower.
Ike came with a vengance. I didn't decide to flee until after my family left town.
When I did leave, I decided I'd be smarter than everyone else and head south, then west, then north into San antonio. I got stuck there a couple of days, then was able to head up to DFW to be with my family.
While I was there, I remembered I had a conference I has to be at on wednesday. I found out my flight was cancelled out of houston and I'd have to depart from somewhere else.
My family went back to Houston on Monday and I had a dilemma. If I went back to h-town on Monday, I'd have to leave again on Tuesday to drive out of town to another airport. So I decided to stay. My parents offered to llet me go west and stay with them in midland for a couple of days. So, as I write this, am in an airplane...HEADED TO HOUSTON! That's right. Flights were rescheduled through houston. I'll be john brown!
Even better than that...I'm going to Oklahoma City!
I logged onto Feedburner this morning...perhaps because I'm a bit narcissistic...to see all the fun action with this blog. Lo and behold the blog hit a milestone. 1500 subscribers as of this morning! Yeah!