Thursday, June 22, 2006


After four nights in Rhode Island, Doug was supposed to be on a 7 a.m. flight home this morning. I was looking forward to picking him up at noon and heading out to lunch before coming home and writing my thesis. As I sat down to write this morning I decided to check the status of his flight. He only had a 45 minute layover, so I wondered about his connection.

Looking online I noticed his connecting flight was delayed. This was good, I thought, as he didn't have to worry about missing the flight. However, it put him in Austin at 2. I decided to call him about his delay. When I grabbed my cell I realized I missed a call when I was in the shower. It was Doug calling to say that he was delayed. The catch was, he wasn't going to come in until tomorrow. Huh?

I called him back. Evidently his flight out of Providence had been delayed, which was going to cause him to miss his connecting flight in Newark. Since Thursday is a busy travel day with all the road warriors trying to get home, all the flights were booked. There was only one seat available for the rest of the day -- a late flight connecting through Houston, in a middle seat, arriving in Austin at midnight. Being exhausted after a long week, Doug opted not to take that. Instead, he's staying an extra day and catching the early flight out.

Deciding to make the most of it, Doug is driving to Cape Code today to check out the area. I know when he was a road warrior back in the late 90s he used to love to stay extra days and go exploring. It's got to be great weather this time of year -- much better than when we went in February. I'm a bit jealous, but I'm too busy on my thesis to have taken this week off.

Doug may also go to Foxwoods Casino tonight in CT. Out of four nights of this trip, he's been there three times to play poker. All total he's up more than $800 on the week. I think he's ready to hang up his free, play for fun, poker league and play for money tournaments. Too bad it's illegal in Texas.

As for me, one more night home alone with the dogs and cat. At least I should be able to get some writing done before he returns.

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