the afternoon was relaxing. i lounged around on megan's couch, surfed the internet, blogged a bit [okay, a lot...], and got to meet megan's aunt and uncle, who had arrived for the holidays. it was a perfect opportunity to blow off a bit of steam before facing the airport one more time. around 4:20, i said goodbye to megan's family (again!), and we set out on our way.
i'm not big on visualization. i find it to be new-age, oprah winfrey bullshit. but, i caught myself shutting my eyes on the way to the airport and visualizing the board at the united counter: Chicago O'Hare, 5:42 pm, ON TIME. Chicago O'Hare, 5:42 pm, ON TIME.
i got my comeuppance for trying such a moronic tactic.
i walked into the airport, walked over to the united counter: DELAYED. i hoped it was just a short delay...twenty minutes or so. any more than that, and there was no way i was going to be able to make my flight from chicago to st. louis. i should have known better, though: what i hope for on this trip today is never what happens. i talked to the ticketing agents, and got the following bits of news:
- bad: the plane that we're supposed to take from greenville to chicago won't be landing until 7:30 tonight.
- worse: air traffic control has held the plane until 9:53 tonight.
- even worse: i'll miss my connection, and even if i would have made my connection, the flight to st. louis may be cancelled due to mechanical failures.
- shoot me now: there aren't any open seats on flights to st. louis until sunday, december 23.
so, there's where my travel saga stands. i'm hanging out in the greenville airport, waiting for a flight to chicago. i'm nursing a beer, eating delectable airport food, and taking advantage of the ever more rare airport amenity: free wireless.
hopefully this flight won't be cancelled, and i'll get to chicago tonight. hopefully i'll get back to st. louis midday on sunday. given the way today is going i should really stop hoping for anything. but, it's about all i have to keep me sane.