In Raleigh today--I got the distinct thought that I'm travelling way too much. I went to JFK this morning and inverted my airlines switching today's United flight with Monday's American flight. Fortunately I had some time to spare and I got the airtrain from American to United without much of a problem. As I approached the American rep wondering why I wouldn't get my boarding pass I got the embarrassing realization as to what I did. I also nearly got in a fight.
As I ask the American Airlines guy for assistance:
Guy in back of me: Hey a**h**e, we were on line too. (Mind you, I didn't cut him off I just asked the AA guy for help--he could easily have gone around me.)
ME: You talking to ME? (sometimes I get brave)
Woman with guy (who sees I'm a lot bigger than her man-friend): No He's not.
(simultaneously) Guy: Yeah, I am.
Me: Why don't you just go ahead of me jacka**?
Guy goes ahead. I stare him down. Woman looks afraid and hopes I don't flex my muscles (both of them in my big toe).
I get to the United gate where my reservation is immediately recognized by the check in computer. Now I'm running late though. Flight is 2:35P. It's 2:00. Boarding at 2:15.
Computer: "Are you going to Raleigh-Durham?"
ME: (Presses Yes)
Computer: Do you have bags to check?
ME:(NO) I carry everything on.
Computer: Would you like ti use miles to upgrade to 1st class.
Me: AUGH! Just give me my boarding pass! (no)
Computer: Would you like to upgrade to Economy Plus for $28 more?
Me: NONONONONOONO! Give me the boarding pass!
Computer: Are you sure you don't want to upgrade.
ME: (Now shouting at the computer): WHERE THE HELL IS BUTTON FOR PUT ME ON THE BLASTED PLANE! JUST PRINT THE PASS! (NO!)
Computer: Do you want to change these seats?
Me: In a second I'm going to throw this machine down the aisle. NO.
I get to the gate at 2:15 and they board within minutes.
Regardless, I has a lovely dinner at the Cracker Barrell (chicken and dumplings--yum) with Kathleen Kozak from the Diocese of Raleigh who is hosting me. Tomorrow we talk with young adult leaders in the afternoon about their religious longings and how they can better understand each other and hopefully they come away with a plan for ministry events based on their charisms.
My retreat prayer for you: deep peace...
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