Friday, January 3, 2014

Happy New Year

It’s the first of a new year and the beginning of the first year of a new decade for me, so here’s what’s happened so far on January 1st.

Ate my first meal at Cracker Barrel.  Back in the day, it was a shop along side the turnpike selling cheese and cheese stuff plus my favorite pecan logs, a seriously sweet pecan treat.  Cracker Barrel is a whole different creature now.  Lots of chachkies and all kinds of candy, but not a piece of cheese in sight.  I did spot a couple of pecan rolls hiding in a corner.

After breakfast, we drove to the airport in Asheville. On the way I commented that I wasn’t looking forward to  the travel day, retracing my flight from Asheville to Charlotte to Philadelphia to Portland.  A premonition.  At the reservation desk, I couldn’t check in.  When I asked for help, I wasn’t on the list, despite the very nice print-out I had of my reservation from Travelocity.  Ooops.  In the many (3) re-bookings on my trip to Asheville the cancelled the flight from Asheville to Charlotte on the 1st.  They were very apologetic and said they’d fix it.  And they did.  They had their driver take me to Charlotte.  Instead of going to Portland by way of Philly, they re-booked me on a direct flight to Portland.  There was only one seat left—in First Class—and she upgraded me without blinking.  So a second first.  My first flight in First Class.

And here’s the third.  My first selfie taken in the van on the way to Charlotte.  Not sure why folks do this 'cause the pictures kinda suck.

Based on these serendipitous events, 2014 is going to be an awesome year for me.  I hope it is for you, too.