Of Detours, Cabbies and Ice

The best laid plans are those that-

a.get totally screwed up at the last minute.

b.send you flying out of a dead to the world {read drool} sleep.

c.find you yelling into the phone at 2:30 AM to rebook, reroute or SPEAK TO A HUMAN.

d.All Of The Above

A. cell phone buzzes at 1:30 am. “Flight canceled”. For most of the world this is not unexpected news during winter travel. In the Deep South it’s a bit of a dilemma when deep south becomes synonymous with ‘deep freeze’. When one flies from a small {read one TSA conveyor belt, two air carrier} regional airport ‘ice’ means STOP everything, cause ain’t nobody going nowhere.

B. see C. below

C. staying in the lower level of a two-floor apartment {built circa 1970, updated circa never} gives a sense of connection. Ensuring that everyone knows the time of your now canceled flight and the domino options before you. I didn’t take the flushing commode overhead personally. Did I mention this was on New Year’s Morning? No? Well, there’s that, too. If I ain’t sleeping, ain’t nobody sleeping.

D. Yep.

The best laid plans included a hired car to said Regional. 8:00 am. Left plenty of time in case the weather forecast was correct for a change. Nah. Never happen! (See a. above)

Finally, reaching an agent on only the first ring, Whew! Icy roads were not a problem! The problem? No way to de ice the small planes {OR my money’s on the crew going AWOL. Remember it was January 1. The day after #LoneStarNYE just saying}  “If it were me? I’d get myself to DFW to catch that connecting flight.” calmly coached The Voice  at the other end.

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Wait. All the flights are on time but here? What about the deep freeze?…oh right. A 1 TSA conveyor belt town.


Image result for domino effectThe network of calls, texts and good will to get this getting-pretty-darn-close to-unladylike-Lady a new ride {with here-to-fore unattainable- refunds} was appreciated. Instead of a 20 minute ride just down the road, it’s a ‘last minute’ find a driver for a 2 hour drive {4 hour for said driver} on a major freeway to a major travel hub….on a major holiday.

Only it wasn’t.

New year’s day? THE best day to fly. Guaranteed. {next to Christmas night red-eye}.

Pulling into the airport, JohnTheDriver was momentarily bewildered, as was I, by the lack of traffic or pedestrians as we circled upward.Were we in the right place? What’s going on?

I did make it just ahead of snowmagedon 2018 ‘Bomb Cyclone’:

New year’s day? THE best day to fly. Guaranteed.

What do you think about the best times, places seasons to travel? Have a funny or fantastic travel antecdote? Please share.

We’d love to know.

Shandra Lee ‘Have Passport Will Travel’ White Harris

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and of course-

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