July 4, 2008
A Day Late and A Few Dollars Short
I am in good spirits even though our trip to London got off to a bad start. Preacher’s Wife and I, being on time kind of people, left for the airport at 4:15 pm Wednesday, even though our flight was not scheduled to leave unto 5:40 pm. We checked in quickly and made it to the gate with plenty of time to spare. It was there we were informed that our flight would not leave until 8 pm and arrive in Chicago at 10:30 pm. Of course that would be 35 minutes after our plane left for London. We finally arrived in Chicago at 11:00 pm and were told that since the delay was due to weather we would be responsible for our on sleeping accommodations. The good news was that they had confirmed us on the first flight out the next morning at 9:10 am. The bad news was that we would not see our luggage again until we arrived in London Thursday evening at 10:30 pm. OK we said; we could do without our luggage, no problem. Ready for some more good news; when we called around we discovered the best accommodations at that late hour were the Hilton O’Hare Airport and they had an available room. Wonderful! Of course the bad news was that it was $299.00 plus almost that much in taxes for the six-hour stay. We accepted it with great joy. By the time we checked in and showered it was almost 1 am. Preacher’s Wife immediately went to sleep. I rolled around in bed thinking about how nice the room was for $50.00 an hour. After about $35.00 worth of tossing and turning I finally went off to sleep. You might ask, “How do you feel about all this?” I feel great! I really do. Oh, for a short time I was put out. Then I began to remember the days we were not fortunate enough to fly, especially to London. I also remembered the days when traveling we either slept in our car at a roadside park or curled up on the floor in an airport. Yes, I must say I am thankful to be alive, healthy and on my way to London with the wife of my youth. Plus this whole experience gave me something to blog about.