Sunday, July 16, 2017

MUPGT...Maybe We're Buds?

I have a long time client who has developed pancreatic cancer and we're having to scramble to put in place a program that will ensure the company's continuity and financial security for the owner's wife. The wife who has not been involved with the business needed to be brought into the process and the only time I could get up to Chicago was Saturday. With my schedule already tight, I booked the last flight from Albuquerque I could through Denver that got me into Chicago at Midnight so I could have all day Saturday if necessary with the wife and come home Sunday morning.

I was getting into my car to go to the airport when I saw a text from United Airlines. My first flight was going to take off an hour later than scheduled which would only leave me with 10 minutes to make my connection. Since they shut the plane doors 10 minutes before departure, that was clearly not going to work. Uh oh, Magical Unicorn Pony God of Travel throwing down the gauntlet again. You think you might be forgotten not being the road warrior but you're not.

So I got out of the car and called the airline. As I've said many times in the past, these are the times you cherish having your frequent flyer status. They were able to book me on a flight that left at 6 AM went through Denver and got me to Chicago at 11:30. I got a decent seat on the Denver flight but was going to have to sit in the middle to Chicago. So here is what transpired from that point on.
  • Called the client's wife who was relieved we would be meeting later and said she would pick me up at the airport.
  • Called my hotel (where I have minor status), told them of my flight issue. They saved my room and said they would not charge me for the first night.
  • Got my new flight information. Went to check-in online and decided to check seat availability. A window seat in an exit row had opened up. Sweet! Grabbed it.
  • Got an email telling me I was upgraded to First for my return flight. Really? Sweet!
  • Went to airport for ridiculously early 6 AM flight and went through the TSA Pre line in literally 3 minutes.
  • As I was boarding the plane, the gate agent said, "Oh you've been upgraded to First. Really? Sweet!
  • Although my connection in Denver was tight, the inbound flight was on time and the flights were only five gates apart.
  • Got on the plane and was settling into my window seat when a gate agent swam through the  boarding passengers and said, "Mr. Palohdalny you want your upgrade?" "Uh sure." Sweet!
  • Going back home I whizzed through the TSA Pre line again in just minutes.
 As I'm driving home, I'm thinking, "Come on, this isn't like the pointy headed equine godlet at all." It was almost as if he (or maybe its a she) was just joking with me for old times sake. Or as Wife thought maybe he/she is just setting me up for some epic battle to come. I prefer to think of the Unicorn demi-god and I as old adversaries just getting together to talk about the good old times.


Renee Michelle Goertzen said...

Yes, it sounds like the MUPGT wants a fresher, less experienced adversary, and perhaps will start focusing on a younger generation.

alexis said...

awwww like cartoon nemeses!

Rob said...

Fast forward to Atlanta airport...