Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Travel Travails

by Maggie Sefton

Since I forgot to include the cover for DEADLY POLITICS when I Spotlighted it last Saturday, 
I thought I'd include it now.  Better late than never, right?  :)  

If you travel a lot as I do, then you'll eventually have a day when all the schedules don't mesh well.  Since I'm anal by nature---remember, I was a CPA so anal traits run deep---I take care of all the details of each trip---airlines, car rentals, hotels, shuttles, etc.  And I print them out so I have all the reservations and schedules in my backpack ready to check on a moment's notice.

This past Saturday, however, my turn to have the mixed-up travel day came around.  First, there was a paperwork problem when I returned my rental car to Washington Dulles airport in Northern VA on Saturday.  I won't go into details, but it was totally weird.  By the time it was solved, I saw that I was not going to be able to make my flight returning to Colorado on time.  Thank goodness, I was able to cancel that flight  before  departure and schedule another flight on the following day, Sunday.

I extended my car rental and drove back to my friends' house in Vienna, VA (Northern VA) where I had visited the week before.  Thank goodness my friends had just settled down for "cocktail hour" complete with our favorite additions of mixed nuts, cheeses, and various nibbles.  And assorted mixed drinks, of course.  I enjoy a nice Cosmo, personally.  And my friends kindly keep my favorite Cosmopolitan ingredients handy.  They welcomed me, said the downstairs bedroom was always ready and waiting, and we had another of our enjoyable evenings together.

You know----there's nothing like Old Friends.  They know you.  And they know your past history plus everything else.  They've been there for you, just like you've been there for them.  That is golden in my book.

The next day, Sunday, dawned sunny and problem free.  So my return to Colorado was easy and uneventful.  And, it felt good to return to Colorado's wonderful weather.  No more hot and sticky heat and humidity of upper 90s Back East.  It had been in the low 90s earlier that day in Colorado, but with LOW humidity of the usual 30%.  Boy-oh-boy-----does that make a huge difference.  And boy, did it feel good.  :)