Thursday, February 18, 2016
Downton Worthy: Man about (London) town!
Every once in awhile, DL gets to take a European jaunt.
He calls it work...
In 2010, he was on his way back from Germany with a night in London before the flight home. Then, it happened.
A volcanic eruption in Iceland, stranding all air passengers.
DL called me on the phone, whining.
"I'm stuck in London," whine. "I can't come home..." whine. "What am I going to do?" whiny little girl voice.
"Oh, jeeze," I replied. "Let's see. Your in one of the most fabulous cities in the world, you have a hotel room that's being paid for by someone else, and you don't have to work. Gosh. I don't know. You might want to HAVE FUN!!!"
(Maybe if he'd followed my advice here, it would have been easier.)
For someone who only gets to see the inside of room 316, I wasn't having any of the whiny baby bull$hit. I compiled a list of things for him to do while he was in London, and the next time he called, I was prepared. I also had my entire 3rd period class yell into the phone "HAVE FUN!!" which was probably embarrassing.
Yes, it's inconvenient to have your travel plans thwarted. And washing your underwear in the sink because you packed for six days and not thirteen is a hassle. (Yep--an extra week in Europe, courtesy of Oracle Packaging!) But there were people sleeping in airport lounges and people who missed life events and you are whining about not being in North Carolina because you are in London. Sheesh.
I think we all need an adventure like this once in awhile, just to keep us on our toes. What do you think?