travel is flexibility. life is flexibility. strength only comes with flexibility. these are lessons i need to give myself to.
i didn’t have much luck at the ticket counter of us airways in tallahassee. in fact, there was only one dude behind the counter and he said “you gotta call the airlines, i don’t handle this stuff” and wasn’t the slightest bit interested in my quivering lip and my tale of family emergencies.
then i called while reggie said “hey, you gotta be flexible. i spent my twenty first birthday stuck in an airport”
reggie was right–got a us airways rep on the line and you would have thought i was asking to have us airways provide me with a parade of elephants to escort me back to chicago. i came back to the apartment in defeat. but also, i came back because i had accidentally left with the apartment spare key.
barbara left to take casey to the airport around twelve thirty and from there, barbara went to her office. i am here with justin until barbara’s expected return at seven thirty. he has been on the phone for the past hour with his research assistant. he is explaining to him as i write that i am an example of what plato meant when he said “if you want to catch a thief you have to use a thief”. . . i will not correct him that it is calimachus who said “being a thief myself i recognize the tracks of a thief” which is really what he wants to say.
tomorrow i will aim to get back to chicago. i am seeing facebook friend robbie thapa on wednesday afternoon, suzanne timble on thursday and on friday i travel to springfield to see melissa coulter and steve rahn. then i return to indianapolis on sunday to see jay schwandt. i am learning so much about packing too–go lite!
and i’m also figuring out that i have some real good friends. even the ones i don’t see that much! i had only seen reggie once before in person–hey, when somebody is deployed to baghdad it’s not like you get to take them to lunch and shopping all that often!