i spent 7 1/2 hours in the charlotte international airport today. i caught a redeye out of vegas last night and was hoping to score a connecting flight to daytona today, but no luck. i waited for and watched two flights fill up. call me superstitious, but i think it's all because i left my lucky rolly luggage in ohio... it's been everywhere else with me, so maybe i shouldn't go to europe without it just cause there's a tiny hole in the bottom? ;)
during my ample down time, i messaged my friends about my bad travel luck. and then my mom reminded me that i fly for free... so i snapped out of that brat moment reaaal quick.
i mean seriously... last night my dad was working while i was boarding my flight, so i didn't think i'd see him. but he surprised me by coming on the plane to say goodbye. and then he and his coworkers proceeded to wave to me from the ground as we backed away. my dad, waving to my plane, with the vegas skyline all lit up right behind him. it's one of those moments i hope i never forget.
so after that realization, i forfeited to standby fate and accepted that i might be hanging out in the airport ALL day. flights to daytona were oversold and the next open flight back to ohio wasn't until 4pm.
but the universe must have quite a sense of humor. i went and bought a dirty chai to keep me awake for the 6 more hours that i'd surely be stuck upright. and not three sips later, my name was called for the last seat on a full flight to akron. a non-rev employee offered to take the jump seat so i could come on the plane! :)
so now i'm in ohio again! which is good, because i needed to drop things off here that i won't need in europe. funny how personally delivering my belongings to a different state is cheaper then mailing them.
if the flights agree, i'll try to get to florida again tomorrow morning :) wish me luck!