Monday, June 25, 2012

Changing planes in Atlanta blessing for a change

Maybe you've heard the line, "When you die and go to Heaven, you've got to stop in Atlanta first"?
If you've never, ever had to change planes at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, you are in rare company.
Well, flying back from Milwaukee Sunday after a college reunion, my wife and I were anxious to reach Atlanta to find out what the heck awaited us on the second leg of the trip down to SRQ.
Because of Tropical Storm Debby, we weren't sure there was going to be a second leg.
We were watching updates all Saturday and early Sunday on Weather Channel, plus getting telephone updates from my in-laws who live near SRQ.
Given what we saw and heard, I was anticipating spending Sunday night in an Atlanta hotel.
No way they're going to be flying in to SRQ in all that.
So when we finally landed in Atlanta and happened upon the gate for the second flight nearby, we were almost in disbelief.
We were expecting one of those repeating "FLIGHT DELAYED" digital messages.
The departure time was for 4:41 p.m. and it was stayed like that.
We even went up to the gate attendants just to be sure.
No delays?
They gave us a look as if to say, "Uh, you can read, right?"
Sure enough, the flight left on time and we had an uneventful trip down, even flying over the cloud-covered Gulf coast without much turbulence.
It was raining and gusting when we landed at SRQ, but that's what we expected.
Just being back home was a good feeling.
Now if Tropical Storm Debby would just be on its way.

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