SALT LAKE – 5:10 pm
I missed my flight. On accident.
I’ve never done this before. I’ve traveled all over this country and a bit in Europe as well, and never missed a flight unless there were mitigating circumstances (a late arrival, for instance) or I deliberately intended to do so.
This time, I was just blithely sitting in the food court when at 4:40 I looked at my cell phone and thought “Holy crap! My flight leaves in 5 minutes”. You see I had a 4:45 departure here in Salt Lake and my connecting flight had arrived at 3:50. I had PLENTY of time. I was wandering around, window shopping, having a sandwich, enjoying the view. And I just totally missed the flight. I have no one to blame but myself.
I just hope they can get me on the next one, which is the last one before tomorrow morning. I really did not intend to spend the night in Salt Lake. In fact, I try to spend as little time here as humanly possible. We’ll see if I get lucky. I’m on the standby list.
UPDATE at 6:02 PM. I managed to find the Worlds’ Niceset And Most Helpful Ticketing Agent. He graciously agreed to sign my ticket over to United Airlines, who had seats available. On my way to Denver! Yay! I don’t have to spend the night in The City of The Blue Vatican!