When at first you founder, persistence and determination can win the day
“Press on”, said President Calvin Coolidge. “Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.”
Recently, my son Torin and I were returning to Vermont after a week’s stay at Walt Disney World. We arose at 3:00 am on a Saturday to catch Disney’s Transport bus, to arrive two hours ahead of our scheduled 6:25 am flight (Disney’s rules) out of Orlando airport. We arrived at 3:45, in line at Continental’s counter at 3:50 — and waited until 4:30 for it to open!
We got out of line to sleep a bit in an alcove, only to find, 20 minutes later, that the line was now over two bends in the mouse maze. So, back in line again to stand, and wait. When we were third, a Continental agent approached the first person in the queue. We overheard: “Where are you going?”
“Hmmm. Let me look.” After a bit of rustling came “Newark”.
Another quick look. “Yes.”
“That flight’s been cancelled,” stated the agent matter-of-factly, as if she was telling the time, then moved on to us.
I turned to Torin. “That’s our flight!” Torin’s eyes bugged out. “What!” He was incredulous. “What the…”
“OMG,” I muttered, looking at him, ours eyes locked, my mind racing, considering the ramifications, drifting, then coming back quickly when I heard the agent impatiently say to us, “I’ll come back,” and continued her walk down the line.
Over the next 45 minutes, our cadre of stranded Flight 193 passengers grew, while others continued to bypass us and check in.
At 5:15, finally, the counter, to get re-booked. The agent, continually clicking on her keyboard, hunting for seats, only to discover flights to Burlington were booked for the rest of the day — and the next — and Monday, and Tuesday. The next available flight with seats: Wednesday, four days away!