So day one in Texas has been extremely annoying. I walked into my terminal just after 8am this morning. Things were looking up. My navigation through security was flawless and the plane was sitting outside the gate. I was to fly first to Philadelphia and then, after a short layover, to Dallas.
Turns out Philadelphia was not feeling the forecast. A one hour delay was in effect.
They asked anyone with a layover to approach. So, I strolled to the counter.
“I’m going to Dallas.”
“not today you aren’t.”
That wasn’t entirely true. It turns out that the earliest flight in which seats were available was a 5:45pm flight with a different airline.
I had to take it. It was imperative that I be at my destination Tuesday morning.
This was especially uncool because a 5:45pm flight would pull into Dallas around 8:45. But my final destination was not Dallas, it was 3 hours east of Dallas. I wouldn’t arrive until about 12:30am (provided smooth baggage claim) and I’d have to get up a mere 4.5 hours later.
Texas is big.
Mike D: 0
So I zipped over to the other terminal to see if I could get a standby on an earlier flight.
Sure enough, I got on standby for an 11:45 departure. And despite being overbooked and asking for volunteers to switch to a later flight… I miraculously scored a seat! Badda bing!
Mid air I realized there was no way that my bag was going to arrive with me.
When you lose luggage in Texas… it’s as good as gone.
Mike D: 0
Sure enough, upon arriving at the baggage claim I found zero hint of my luggage. I had a discussion with the lost bag lady and then hit the road. I’d get a phone call when they found my stuff.
Finally I arrive in Texas. I get to my hotel and then take a trip to Target. I bought some steel toed boots and a few other necessities for getting through tomorrow. Then I headed over to the Texas Roadhouse.
Two women were at the main counter.
“how many sir?”
“actually, can I just get carry out!”
“YOU HAVE AN AWESOME ACCENT!”
The women can’t resist the sweet melodies of my voice
Mike D: 1
And so here I am. Eating steak, veggies, rolls, and a sweet potato before bed. If I hit the hay now, I’ll even get about 8 hours of sleep.