No, this isn’t a story about needing to dry off. Rather it is a reference to Douglas Adams’ HITCHHIKER’S GUIDE TO THE GALAXY.
Earlier this month, I had a vacation planned to visit a dear friend in Illinois. Both of us had been through some life changes recently and I planned to visit her over the MLK weekend to hug in person and have that in-person girlfriend gab session that one just cannot have over Skype.
As fate would have it, my travel began on a Thursday. H2G2 fans will know that nothing good can happen on a Thursday. This particular Thursday was definitely proving them correct.
I use the Shuttle2LAX service for transportation to/from LAX and just as the driver arrived at my house, I received a phone call from American Airlines that my connection onward from Chicago had been cancelled. No explanation but a promise that they would call back. Cut to my arrival at Terminal 4 and just as the driver is dropping me off, I get the call that my entire flight has been re-booked for the next day. I was stunned. I now faced the prospect of 12 hours hanging out at the airport or up to $100/RT to get home and come back again. I plead my case with the ticket agent, but it was weather related so that fell on deaf ears.
I sat on a bench and posted a request on Facebook for any friend on the Westside with a vacant couch for the night. Ping! I had a taker. This was going to mean way more sleep than any route back to my house. I opened the Uber app on my phone and saw that a car was right outside the terminal. I quickly requested a pickup and left the airport.
I ended up spending the evening visiting with another friend that I don’t see that often. I had another wonderful Uber driver back to LAX the next day and a fairly uneventful trip via Dallas to my destination.
When I got off the plane, 8 hours later than originally planned, my friend in Illinois reminded me that I had forgotten my towel which one should NEVER do, especially if travelling on a Thursday. Point taken, universe. I don’t need any further reminders.
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