iPhone Picture Marathon - Day Twenty

“Above the Clouds”

I flew out to meet with a new client over the weekend. Friday was a day of “un-met expectations” – not that anything was “bad”… just strange.

My first flight was cancelled due to mechanical error. My second flight sat on the tarmac for 45 minutes. Thanks to a “significant” tail wind – we still made it to Atlanta in time. I arrived at the gate with no boarding pass and they seemed a little confused for a while. I was the last to board but found myself in first class – thank you Delta. I arrived in Philadelphia, picked up my car (the only reservation of the day that “worked” – thank you Hertz). I called my hotel to let them know I would be checking in late – and they had no record of my reservation – but they had lots of space. I arrived at the same time as 20 or so water polo players who were in-town to play a rival school… Having travelled with high school kids for years – I requested a room “at the opposite end and above” the team. She was happy to oblige – thank you Comfort Inn (who have significantly upgraded their rooms it seems…).

I ended up eating at the restaurant across from the hotel – and decided to treat myself after such an interesting day. The steak and Cajun shrimp combo looked good… until it arrived… cold… and I don’t mean “not hot”… it was cold. So I asked them to heat it – which they did – in the microwave – lettuce, tomato and all…

Finally back to the hotel… my last “un-met expectation” – I slept like a baby – which almost never happens the first night in a hotel room…

And the moral of the story – “Un-met expectations are God’s way of reminding us that life is bigger than you, it does no good to get angry, so just smile and enjoy the day” – which is what I did. I smiled at the Delta agent who helped me in Indianapolis (and upgraded me to first class – now I’m wondering if it was because I was smiling… hmmm)… I smiled at the bewildered gate agent in Atlanta… I smiled at the receptionist at the Comfort Inn who was happy to help me figure it out… I even smiled at the waitress who brought me a hot dinner – even with the now limp and thoroughly gross lettuce and tomato…

Finally – today’s picture.

I love flying. For me, one of the most fantastic things is being above the clouds… a completely strange and foreign world to people just over a century ago…

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