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A Hard Way to Get Extra Peanuts
By Sharon Hartdegen   

Last edited: Sunday, July 08, 2001
Posted: Sunday, July 08, 2001

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How traveling by Air can be humorous as well as exasperating...

Air Travel Story

Have read an awful lot of funny and not-so-funny stories about air travel lately. Some have made me laugh; and some remind me of my trip to New Orleans June, 1998 where Id hoped to spend a week with my mother-in-law in St. Rose. We have been planning this for years, and since I recently retired, this was the summer we would take a few days relaxing on the coast.

However, fate had other plans. Being from New Orleans, but living in Dallas for the last 27 years, I miss certain things. After flying in Saturday afternoon, visiting, eating gumbo and bread pudding (favorites of mine), exchanging pictures of family, smelling Magnolia blossoms (something I miss terribly), we went to bed with plans to visit family in Baton Rouge before heading for Biloxi.

During that first night I realized that the scratchy throat I had been experiencing all day was developing into something much more. My ears and throat were filling with fluid, and I felt congested and terrible.

What to do? I lay awake all night wondering why this was happening; and what was I going to do? I had just arrived. Whether this was a summer cold or the beginning of the flu, I couldnt expose the family and their friends (quite a few who are in their 80's and 90's). Finally the answer came to me - get out as fast as you can. My only concern was how to tell my mother-in-law. Wed been planning this for so long.

Well, early Sunday morning after explaining and apologizing profusely, I called the Airlines to get a flight back to Dallas ASAP. However, there were no seats available on any flight. Why? No holiday, just a Sunday. They told me I could fly Stand-by (which Id never done before) - but it would cost me $48 more and Id have to change planes in Houston. I was in no condition to argue. I paid the $48 more to wait through 3 flights, changing gates each time as they checked their standby list, finally got to Houston, where I did the same, and arrived in Dallas around 2 p.m.

Now Im not complaining. I got home which is what I wanted to do. But doesnt it actually benefit the airlines to fill the seats of the passengers who dont show up, without having to pay more to do so? Just wonder why it is necessary to pay more to do it the hard way (Stand-by)?

It was the most expensive overnight trip Ive ever made. But I keep reminding myself that the trip did have its advantages, having to go through Houston, instead of straight to Dallas did give me the opportunity to get two bags of peanuts!

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Reviewed by Cynthia Borris 3/11/2002
Well maybe you at least left them your germs for the return on the peanuts!
Reviewed by Dallas Franklin 7/11/2001
ahahaha..oh to find the beauty somewhere in an experience eh! That hardly makes sense to me either..too bad you had to take a long route home when you weren't feeling well. Beautifully written! ****'s!
Reviewed by Rose (Reader) 7/8/2001
What a grueling experience! You made me feel I was there. Many thanks for your rating and kind comments on "My Mother's Schooldays"

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