Misadventures in Travel

This week I write to you from our Nation’s capitol, Washington, D.C. But let me tell you, getting here was no easy feat! After bad weather in Dallas shut down the local airport all of Saturday afternoon cancelling my evening flight into D.C. and pushing it back until Sunday morning, I reluctantly headed home to sleep for a few hours. Less than twelve hours later I returned to find my morning flight delayed, causing a delayed arrival in Atlanta. I found myself range walking (Army term: hauling butt in a quasi civilized fashion) from one terminal to another only to be notified that I missed my connecting flight by less than ten minutes. Enter the great idea for a mid-afternoon snack. Minutes later I’m enjoying a warm pretzel and a fountain soda, when a fellow traveler walks by with a Coke in one hand and her toddler a few steps ahead of her. The tiny little guy stumbles and Mom goes diving for the kiddo while my lap (i.e. blue jeans) fields her soda. Yay! Off the airport bathroom to assess the damage I go. Jeans are soaked in a sticky mess. Check. Strip them off, convert my (very stylish) scarf into a makeshift skirt, and proceed to wash my jeans out in the sink and use the hand dryer to attempt to dry them (albeit unsuccessfully). Put damp jeans back on just in time to make the next flight into D.C. Upon arrival at Reagan Airport, I make it to the baggage claim and my luggage does not. I’m informed that my bag is on the next flight arriving in 30 minutes, so I can wait for it or I can have them deliver my bag to my hotel “within the next 48 hours”. I attempt to play it safe and wait on the bag. Bag finally arrives and I catch the first taxi to my hotel, missing the party bus to our first event by again…. 10 minutes. I considered having a glass (bottle) of wine at the bar and waiting for everyone to return. After deciding to make one more effort, I hailed a cab and headed to Fort Myer. I hailed down a very accommodating MP (military police officer), asked for directions and was obliged by an escort (lights and all) to the home of the host and hostess entertaining our group on General’s Loop. I had finally arrived- and ended up having a wonderful time with some great friends.

Why do I tell you this tale of misadventure and mayhem? Simply put, there are some times in life you encounter roadblocks and challenges on your way to your destination. You could quit and go home, but reaching the goal is much more satisfying. The only thing that will drive you onward is determination and perseverance- and a healthy dash of humor.

Monday Morning Perspective:

“Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful people with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan “press on” has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race.”

– Calvin Coolidge, American President

“The capacity for hope is the most significant fact of life. It provides human beings with a sense of destination and the energy to get started.

Norman Cousins, American Essayist and Editor

Standing in an airport bathroom and having another passenger tell me how cute my “skirt” was made me laugh. Making it to the party and having the chance to meet some truly wonderful people made the whole “travel experience” worth it.

I challenge you this week to take life in stride- laugh at every opportunity- and never lose sight of the goals you set. Accomplishing them in spite of the curve balls life throws at you make the successes all the sweeter. Carpe Diem!

Have a wonderful week!

My MP Hero & I
Sarah & I with GEN Casey- The Chief of Staff of the Army (and yes... that is THE infamous scarf/skirt!)
Smiling with the Sergeant Major of the Army- SMA Preston
ISSN: 2158-1355
© Crystal Dyer 2010. All Rights Reserved.

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