It’s a good thing there is no punishment for not posting the Daily Prompt post on the day the Daily prompt is released! I realise the objective is to encourage people to post daily but life keeps getting in my way so I will be a little pick-and-choosey and running late when it comes to them. This one is the In Transit prompt.
I’m the stressed-out zombie armed with a spreadsheet sitting as close as possible to the service desk, at my departure gate, so I can eavesdrop on what’s going on with my flight. Why isn’t my plane already at the gate? Will I make a connection? Do I have time to go to the toilet (again) before we board? What happens if….
The other day the manservant and I flew from Washington DC to Denver. Via Dallas. Yes, there absolutely are direct flights. And I wish we were on one. Why weren’t we? Well,
we *I* fly on frequent flyer miles…..
So, we turned up at Washington-Dulles at a compromised time – I would be at an airport 3 hours before a flight; the manservant is comfortable with the absolute minimum allowance. As we wait in line to check-in we hear over & over “I’m sorry, you’re not going to make your connection…..” so we were prepared when the agent said the same to us. The plane doing a round trip DC-Dallas had apparently not left Dallas yet. We absolutely had to be in Denver Friday morning so the agent found an early, very early, morning flight Dallas-Denver and we checked in to our delayed flight to Dallas. Our bags were checked to Denver and we were given boarding passes for that Friday morning flight. It was a little unnerving knowing that we were not going to be picking up bags in Dallas – I was pretty sure my bag was going to go missing – or just be waiting in DC for my return a few days later. I only travel with a change of tee-shirt & knickers in my backpack and didn’t have time to pull anything else out of my checked bag.
While we waited for our (very) delayed flight we had dinner – oh, United gave us vouchers for our dinner. $12 each! Not enough for a fancy feast but it covered half of what we had at some sit-down place. And, while we were eating, I booked a Dallas airport hotel for the night – which was really only going to be about a quarter of a night. At full price.
Upon arrival in Dallas we went to the taxi rank and asked to be taken to the Westin Dallas Fort Worth just down the road. Before we’d shut the doors the driver said “that will be $25” …. I thought the manservant was going to have a stroke! Apparently they have a minimum fare which I’d have gladly paid – hell, it was midnight and I wanted a bed so badly I’d have paid $50 to get there! But the manservant was already out on the footpath looking for an alternative. A young couple stepped forward and said “we’re going to the same hotel, would you like to share a cab?” Absolutely! As we rode in the taxi pleasantries were exchanged and it was discovered they’d been on the same delayed flight as us, they were going to Denver, they live close to my workplace, and the young man has a degree in Physics (and the manservant is an Astro-Physicist).
As we stepped up to the check-in counter, the young lady said “wouldn’t it be funny if we had rooms next to each other” …. no, that would’ve been weird!