KayEm told me to leave the house earlier, but I disregarded her advice because I’m a seasoned traveler.
My heart stopped as I entered the highway and saw the traffic backed up for miles. I could hear KayEm’s voice in my head, “You should have left earlier…”
I managed to get around the traffic, but my detour didn’t help. When I arrived at the airline desk, the agent at the counter told me that I had just missed the cut-off point for checking in for international flights. Rats!
“I’ll be glad to book you on the next flight,” she offered.
“When is it?” I asked.
“It will leave in six hours,” she said.
“Six hours?” I was aggravated, but it was my own fault. “Go ahead and book it.”
“That’ll be $75.00,” she said. “Which credit card will you use?” Great! I handed over my credit card. She booked the flight and gave me my boarding passes.
“What about my bag?” I asked.
“I can’t check it now,” she said. “You’ll have to come back in an hour.” Wonderful!
I returned in an hour, only to find the airline counter empty. I waited 45 minutes before someone showed up. After the agent checked my bag, I was finally ready to hurry up and wait for my flight.
I was getting a little bit hungry so I sought some food. The choices in the terminal were limited so I settled on McDonald’s. Bad choice! After eating the meal, I felt as if I someone kicked me in the gut. Thankfully, the bookstore across the hall sold antacids ($1.49).
With my stomach settled, I sat down to pass the time on the internet. Because my home airport doesn’t have free Wi-Fi, I had to pay $7.95 for a Boingo account.Ouch!
After wasting six hours and nearly $100.00, one thing became clear: Always listen to your wife.