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Thursday, April 12, 2007

A Day of Twists and Turns

Some days head off in unexpected directions. I woke up at 4:00, to get to the airport around 5:00 for a 6:00 flight. When I checked online, there were the dreaded words...flight canceled. I called the airline. "They're sending a bus from here to Milwaukee," the clearly weary agent said. So, I headed to the airport to take a bus. To catch my next flight.

The ticket counter was empty. I asked about the bus. "Oh, that left at 5:00. I can rebook you for tomorrow morning, and as a little token for the pain in the ass we've been, here's a voucher for $75."

Thinking I'm going nowhere until tomorrow morning, I head to work. My boss calls. "Have you looked at the prices of other tickets on other airlines, so you can get here today?" Well. No. I didn't think of that. I didn't actually know that you could buy a ticket and then fly a couple of hours later. Guess what? You can.

I bought another ticket, went to the airport. My boarding pass chirped in the machine. The desk agent whirled around and asked, "Are you willing to sit in an exit row?" Sure. So I'm luxuriating in the leg room, and someone comes to my seat. "Lucia?" "Yes." "You've got a seat in first class. Here's your boarding pass." "Bonus!" I say. One of the benefits of being a frequent traveler. Out of 16 first class seats, I'm the only woman.

So after flights through Detroit and to Baltimore, and a drive in a zippy rental car, here I am, in the exact center of nowhere Maryland. Where we have offices and a warehouse.

True confession o' the day:
I looked and looked for a tattoo design I liked, and then when I was looking through a book of corporate logos, there it was. Believe it or not, it's a slightly morphed version of the Daiwa company logo. It's a sport fishing company. Anyway, I got it from Brian at Capitol City Tattoo on Willy Street.


Blogger r said...

First class huh? Pretty swanky.

I've never been in first class. Well, other than to walk through it to coach.

Glad it turned out okay; Airplane problems can be so hellish.

11:23 PM  
Blogger meno said...

God i hate those two little words "flight cancelled"

Re: the tattoo. If it speaks to you, that is all that matters. Well. except maybe for the nike logo. :)

11:37 PM  
Blogger thailandchani said...

Well, it certainly sounds like it worked out okay.. stress aside.

The tattoo is just gorgeous! It looks like a sunburst to me.

And while I'm here.. I've been wondering something.

Do you pronounce your name Loo-shuh... or Loo-see-uh?


Wondered that for a long time and never got around to asking.


~Chani (chah-nee) :)

11:49 PM  
Blogger QT said...

That is probably the best ending that story could have! Glad you are there in one piece. Again, loving the tat and I'm with meno - as long as it is a personal expression for you, that's the big thing.

6:57 AM  
Blogger Lucia said...

Chani - Quick response, as I have dog and pony shows to do for a board meeting...Loo-see-uh. (The way a Spanish speaker would pronounce it, if that helps.)

7:34 AM  
Blogger Lucia said...

Oh, and a sun or sunburst was what I was going for...which coincided in not a planned way, with Lucia meaning light.

7:36 AM  
Blogger Heather Plett said...

Oh that is TOO funny! You really should ask Daiwa if they'll pay for the endorsement - perhaps you can get your tattoo paid for!

On my flight to Frankfurt in January, I ended up in first class. I felt a little guilty, since I was heading for a developing country wrapped in luxury, but I enjoyed it none-the-less.

8:19 AM  
Blogger Girlplustwo said...

if anyone deserves first class it's you.

if we had money, we'd buy tickets at random and fly on a whim. it's amazing what money can do, isn't it? of course, in so many ways.

i was thinking of your tattoo today. it's like a secret you take everywhere, isn't it?

10:22 PM  

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