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20 June 2006 @ 11:28 pm
Oh, the things that happen when I travel!!  
Things never go as expected when I travel... never! I took a flight out of LAX at 3pm to Oakland (don't ask, it was cheaper...) then a 5:45 flight out of Oakland to Honolulu... When I got to the Oakland terminal, the lady at the ticket counter asked me if I would mind giving up my seat because they were incredibly over-booked. :( How is it that I always end up on overbooked flights?? I told her I really needed to get home and she reluctantly gave me my boarding pass...

About 5 minutes before boarding time, my name was called on the loud speaker and I was told to go to the service desk... In all my experiences with traveling, getting paged to the ticket counter has never been a good sign. :P I reluctantly went up and the lady asked to see my boarding pass. :P I was really hesitant to give it to her and I almost felt like Whoopie Goldberg in the scene from "Ghost" where she can't let go of the check she's giving to the nuns... I just had to be on that plane! :( I was SO sure that the lady at the counter was going to kick me off the flight and I was already envisioning having to explain why I couldn't come back as planned a SECOND time to my bosses at work. :P

I was halfway through deciding what I was going to say to my boss, when the lady at the ticket counter asked, "Do you mind if I upgrade you to business class?" I couldn't believe my ears... I just stood there for a while not processing what she was saying... And I guess I must've been staring at her blankly because she said, "You're a frequent flier member and we need seats in the main cabin - would you mind if I upgraded you?" I nodded, but I'm quite sure that look of blankness was still on my face. Stuff like this NEVER happens to me!

So, the flight home actually ended up being one of the nicest that I've ever had! In addition to the LARGE seats in business class that recline really far back and the foot rest (which I was too short to reach anyway) the flight attendants came by at least four or five times taking orders for drinks. It's kind of a shame (though not really...) that I don't actually drink. ;)

But I've made it home and I was SO happy to see Mark & Sydney, I couldn't begin to tell you!! I love traveling and I love seeing shows in LA, but there was something so special about coming home tonight - even just seeing the laid back local people at the airport and feeling the humidity in the air... I complain about Hawaii a lot, but I realized tonight that I could never leave here... Hope you're all having a nice evening - I'm going to collapse now, but I'll be back tomorrow with a couple of trip pictures. :)
Current Mood: exhaustedexhausted
the36thchamber on June 21st, 2006 09:52 am (UTC)
Question... any plans of coming out here with Mark? He seems like a really cool interesting dude, It would be awesome to double date if you two make it out here together sometime soon.
Sheri: Mark & Sheri 1999shutterbug93 on June 21st, 2006 09:54 am (UTC)
Mark & I are coming out in August - but it'll be a very short weekend trip (he doesn't have much vacation time). We'll be here to see Kevin's concert with the Philharmonic and several other shows.
the36thchamber on June 21st, 2006 09:56 am (UTC)
Maybe we can hit a show together, do you think that would work?
Sheri: Familyshutterbug93 on June 22nd, 2006 07:59 am (UTC)
I'll definitely talk to Mark about it. :) Though I think we're seeing Kevin's concert in Arcadia on Saturday and the evening show of Curtains at the Ahmanson on Sunday (we had to buy our tickets early because they offered a great discount...) I will be in the Long Beach area in July seeing Kevin in a show at the Carpenter's Center. If you guys would like to join me (no Mark, though) :( I'd love to see you guys. :)
the36thchamber on June 22nd, 2006 08:03 am (UTC)
The July thing might work better since you already have your tickets to the other deal. I'll talk to Lily and letcha know tomorrow... she usually goes with the flow. I'll get back to you tamale, sound good ;)
Sheri: Sheri - yahoo iconshutterbug93 on June 22nd, 2006 08:05 am (UTC)
Sounds great, let me know! :D
Carolina: RJcarush_girl on June 21st, 2006 01:04 pm (UTC)
Ohhhh the trip back worked out sooooo well for ya!

You know what you need to post besides some trip pics - a Sydney shot.
Sheri: Sydney - happyshutterbug93 on June 22nd, 2006 07:47 am (UTC)
Thanks! :) And I love to post some Sydney pictures... she just has to stop being so camera shy so I can take some! ;)
Sabine: Micki's placesabine10 on June 21st, 2006 05:10 pm (UTC)
Welcome back, Sheri! :) I'm glad that everything with the flight back home worked out well. It's always a nice feeling to be back at home, isn't it? Hope you are having a nice day and I'm looking forward to see some pictures. Big *hugs* to you!
Sheri: Sydney & Sherishutterbug93 on June 22nd, 2006 07:48 am (UTC)
Thanks so much, Sabine!! It's such a wonderful feeling to be home, especially to be greeted by Sydney! :D I love traveling so much, but being home is extremely wonderful as well. :) Big *HUGS* to you!!
kathyselden on June 21st, 2006 05:53 pm (UTC)
Business class, hooray!!!
Sheri: Sheri - yahoo iconshutterbug93 on June 22nd, 2006 07:49 am (UTC)
It was so nice!! I've never been in business class before - and probably will never be again so I really tried to savor it! ;)
karmastyxkarmastyx on June 21st, 2006 07:18 pm (UTC)
Woo hoo business class! :)

I'm glad you made it home safe! HUGS!
Sheri: Sheri - yahoo iconshutterbug93 on June 22nd, 2006 07:51 am (UTC)
Thanks Laura!! I'll probably never sit in business class again, so I didn't want to sleep through the flight - I wanted to enjoy it. ;)
Michael Corleyclivec on June 21st, 2006 11:37 pm (UTC)
Upgrades are the icing on the cake of travel.
Sheri: Sheri - yahoo iconshutterbug93 on June 22nd, 2006 07:51 am (UTC)
They're wonderful!! :D I'll probably never experience it again, but it was nice while it lasted! ;)
Care: Bear loves Kitty Catcareleswhisper on June 22nd, 2006 01:36 am (UTC)
I've always wondered what business class was like lol. I'm glad they upgraded you. :)

Nice to see that you're back home safe and sound. *hugs*
Sheri: Sheri - yahoo iconshutterbug93 on June 22nd, 2006 07:52 am (UTC)
Me too!! I've never been in business class before this (and probably will never be again) ;) I'm just thankful I was able to get on that plane and come home! :D *HUGS* to you!
karen: tim and mewakedistracted on June 22nd, 2006 03:22 am (UTC)
Welcome home! :)

What a great story! I would love to have that happen. My dad got bumped to first class on one of his recent trips to England - it sounded like it was very luxurious and fabulous...I was jealous. :)
Sheri: Sheri - yahoo iconshutterbug93 on June 22nd, 2006 07:54 am (UTC)
Awww, thanks Karen!! Wow - how great for your Dad!! First class on international flights must be SO incredible!! :) I was just happy to be able to come home last night (at one point I was thinking, "just stick me anywhere!!" - I just wanted to go home!) :P
I'm so cool too bad I'm a loser: (side show) side showaudienceawaits on June 22nd, 2006 03:25 am (UTC)
Ooooh being bumped up is ALWAYS a good thing. I'm so jealous - my dad got bumped up to those AMAZING seats on British Airways on his way home from England once! Check 'em out! Enjoy being home, though. It's always nice to be home - even if being away is also great!
Sheri: Side Showshutterbug93 on June 22nd, 2006 07:57 am (UTC)
Wow - I just took a look at that link... How lucky for your Dad!! :) Those seats really are incredible!! :) And it's lovely being home, I really don't know why it hit me so hard last night, but I really got off the plane and I just felt SO incredibly happy to be back in Hawaii - that never happens to me!

BTW, I'm loving your Side Show icon!!