23 May 2001
|TRAVEL||Bolingbrook, IL - Oklahoma City, OK|
|What a stressful morning! After getting a ride to
the airport with my neighbor, Leeanne, queued up to get my E-ticket and
was surprised with a "Proceed immediately to gate" message on the self-ticketing
computer system. I pulled out a printed copy of my itinerary and realized
I had REALLY messed up: my flight to Oklahoma City arrives THERE at 10:30
am, but I though I would be leaving Chicago at 10 am!
In a total panic --- I've never missed a flight before! --- I worked hurriedly with the bagage and ticket people at United to book another flight. The next flight with an open seat would not leave until 3pm, meaning I'd lost 7 hours, and would be stranding Jerri at the OKC airport for HOURS!
My panic grew as I realized that I did not have her phone number with me. It was still in the computer at work (and my cell phone, which I chose to leave at home for this trip). GEEZ! I really messed up. My vacation was off to a terrible start. I talked to the lady at the traveler's aid office, hoping to figure out some way to contact Jerri to let her know I would be late, but without her flight number, airline, or other information (all forgotten in my panicked state), I did not have any way to reach her.
Then the miracle! Though I'm not a 'Bible-thumper', I am a Christian, so I believe in miracles. Witness the miracle: my original flight was delayed and taking standby passengers. I went on standby for my own original seat, and I was able to get aboard. As I started to calm down, settling in my seat, I heard my name called. "Are they taking me off the plane?" I wondered. No. As it turns out, they wanted to be sure I was on the plane because they wer moving my luggage from the 3pm flight to this one. HALLELUJAH! "Never forgot who's in charge of the universe," I scolded myself.
I am so looking forward to seeing Jerri. We have so much to talkabout,
and we are both looking forward to an escape from our respect 'publics':
her from the hoardes at here speaking engagements and book signings and
me from the software team whose machines I keep alive and running smoothly.
|Yesterday was an active day for The Alley:
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EXPRESS OKLAHOMA CITY I240
7601 C A HENDERSON BLVD
OKLAHOMA CITY OK 73139
Room: 1 room, 1 night
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