Here's the little face I've been hanging with for the past week...absolutely adorable even when he's just eating crackers and entertaining my camera lens. So, I was a little bummed to say bye-bye, pack my bags and head for the airport yesterday.
You know you're in for an interesting trip when the check-in agent asks, "So, how badly do you need to get home today?" It proceeded to get more interesting when he told me that they couldn't check my bag to my final destination due to a "glitch in the system", and that they'd oversold the flight, making me #3 on standby. He then sent me on a wild goose chase between gates to reroute my baggage and attempt to get a seat.
Now, I'm a friendly gal. I'd also consider myself a fairly advanced traveler who doesn't get upset over delays or long security lines. But, it all came to a head after an hour of being told "no" and finding myself bumped further down the standby list....and I started crying to Ladonna at Gate B15.
Somehow that worked. Because within minutes my baggage was miraculously plucked out of the loading truck on the runway, a tag was handwritten to send it to my hometown. And then in another minute, a ticket was in my hand and Ladonna told me to run my little rear to Gate B5 because there were five minutes left to board.
All that to say....while I miss that little face, I am happy, happy to be home.
Oh, and when it doubt: be kind but forceful, and cry to a gate agent. ;)