Here I sit in the Minneapolis/St. Paul airport drinking the Ultimate Margarita in a tequila joint. At this very moment, I’m supposed to be standing in front of a seventy-or-more folks at the South Dakota Festival of Books and giving a 5 minutes slide presentation about one of my passions. However, the aviation gods decided that they didn’t want me to give this speech and gave my flight out of Seattle mechanical problems, which caused a 2-hour delay that turned my connecting flight from Minneapolis/St. Paul to Rapid City into a star-crossed lover. The next flight I could catch? Eight hours later. There goes my speech. There goes my chance to meet and mingle with other authors at the author reception. There goes my best laid plans.
Lucky for me, my husband joined me on this trip, so I’m not stuck here in Minneapolis/St. Paul alone. We’ve had a nice, intimate dinner in an airport restaurant; taken a long, romantic stroll around the terminals; stared starry-eyed at each other over Starbuck’s coffee; took an adventurous ride on the tram…twice; sat on a bench while watching the world go by (well, the world that is existing in the airport on a Thursday afternoon/evening); and shared a nightcap in a tequila bar.
Am I upset to have missed the opening ceremonies and author reception? Definitely! But this Ultimate Margarita really tastes quite delicious. And the company is spectacular. When life gives you lemons, trade them in for limes and tequila and have a margarita. It will take away the bite.
What are some of the more important events in your life you missed out on due to unforeseen circumstances, such as a malfunctioning air compressor that is needed to maintain cabin pressure in a narrow aluminum tube while high up in the sky? How did you cope with missing out on the fun?
Until next time, drink up!