I've often blogged about how much I enjoy the business travel I do, and how blessed I am to have done so much of it to so many wonderful places. The fact of the matter is that business travel is FUN. I often get hosted well. I often eat at nice restaurants and have stayed at wonderful hotels in exotic cities. I am lucky enough to either travel in first class or get a nice exit row seat. All of the air miles, hotel points, rental car points, and parking points I earn I am allowed to keep and use for personal travel. I've been to so many places that I wouldn't have otherwise been able to get to on my own.
That's a summary of the good. As I type this, however, I am stuck in Orlando International Airport and have been here for several hours and will likely be here for several more, if not all night. In and of itself, that isn't the really bad thing. What makes it worse, is that I am scheduled to fly out to Amsterdam tomorrow morning. If I don't get home in time, not only will I miss that flight, but I won't have any time to spend with Angie and the kids before I go.
That is what is so crappy about delays and cancellations. I was running around crazy today and ultimately left the office later than I planned. As I got close to the airport, construction kept me from exiting, so I had to go about 20 minutes out of my way to get to the rental car return. Thank God for TeleNav, or I would have been so lost. I was running late, so I didn't fill the gas up. That cost me $53, as they charge $7 a gallon to do it for you. As I pull into Hertz, my phone rings, flight delayed. I had time after all. Perfect timing. As I was waiting to check into the airport, my phone rang again, my flight was cancelled (happened when I was NEXT on line to the ticketing counter - perfect timing).
I got put on another flight (the last one going to Dallas) in the LAST available seat - perfect timing. Since then, the flight has been delayed three times. What was supposed to be a 3:35 departure is now 7:50. If it goes off tonight, it will be perfect timing.
I'll take any time with my family. Perfect.