I recently went to the Columbus, Ohio area for a business trip. The most wonderful and often surprising things kept happening.
- My flights were on time.
- I was able to keep my bags with me and was not forced to check them at the gate.
- The Gate Exit area at the hotel had a wonderful Lichtenstein sculpture (Brushstroke) waiting to greet me.
- The co-worker that I had arranged to meet at the airport to share a car was also on time, coming from an entirely different area of the country.
- I had a wonderful time connecting with a sorority sister whom I had not seen since college.
- I got to experience Graeter’s ice cream (black raspberry). Delicious! I am a fan!
- The hotel clerk did not gouge me the $4 for a bottle of Fiji water.
- I did not get disconnected from my call with Orbitz when I tried to change my flight to an earlier time and was on hold for 5 minutes.
- The US Airways person at the counter did not charge me the $75 to change my flight.
- Even though my flight was cancelled due to the rain storms in Ohio, I was able to get through to the US Airways emergency line right away and got to choose the flight back the next morning. As I was getting my things together to leave the airport, I heard an announcement telling people to be patient about getting an attendant on the phone. Go, me! I didn’t have any issues at all.
- I was able to get a hotel room through my company’s travel agency even though other people were told there were no rooms.
- I called the hotel shuttle to pick me up at the airport. They said that the shuttle would be there in 10 minutes…and it was!
- I asked the bartender/waiter in the hotel restaurant for a water with a lot of lemons, and he actually did it! I told him I was happy to experience a man who listens. He just smiled (praying for a good tip?).
- The 6:05 AM (ugh) shuttle to the airport was on time.
- I was in Zone 1 for boarding.
- For both flights!
- That made my heart go pitter patter.
- Both my return flights were on time.
- And then the icing on the cake. The car service sent a limo instead of a sedan to take me home. What a treat!
I told the driver about all the good things that had happened to me during the past few days and he advised me to play the lottery. I reasoned that good things happened when I didn’t ask for them, so I wasn’t going to jinx it by playing the lottery. He urged me to buy a ticket anyway.
I haven’t bought one yet.
But I do have Mah Jongg tonight…big winnings in my future?
(for those who don’t play Mah Jongg, the hand values are under a dollar…)