Sometimes you want to hit the road so badly, you can feel it.
“You can’t go until the travel gods give you permission,” I told my daughter, when she asked why we hadn’t left yet.
“The travel gods?”
(Well, OK. Strictly between us, I made that up. But stay with me.)
“Here’s how it works,” I explained with all the confidence a dad who is about to tell a tall tale can muster. “If you don’t finish your school work, the travel gods won’t let you go on your trip. And we’ll have to stay here.”
Curiously, it worked. She doubled down on her assignments. I assume it didn’t happen because she believed me, but just in case it was true — that there were deities that somehow green-lighted trips.
She wanted to be on their good side. Attagirl!
This week, I’ve become something of a believer, too. I’ve seen things fall into place for our inevitable departure next week. First, the travel gods had to be appeased with roof repairs, story assignments and a heckuvalota planning.
It made me think that maybe somewhere up there, Hermes, Meili, or Xaman Ek, were saying, “You can’t go until you’ve finished your work, Chris.”
Our itinerary has come into sharper focus, too. It’s a sprint across the country — Chattanooga, Kansas City, Boulder — with longer stops in Utah, Northern California and Los Angeles, where we’re attending a memorial service. Then we’re headed back via Prescott and San Antonio. I’m scheduled to speak at conference in April back east, so we can’t linger for long.
If the travel gods allow this trip, maybe they’re a little crazy. Our extended family certainly thinks we are.
This week’s stories
- It’s time for Congress to stand up for air travelers (Washington Post)
- Flight upgrade request turns to downgrade (Travel Troubleshooter via Minneapolis Star Tribune)
- Why won’t AT&T prorate my bill? (Huffington Post)
- Congress comes to the aid of travelers, sort of (USA Today)
- Airline passenger complaints soared last year (Fortune)
I haven’t slept since 2007. Can you tell?
Speaking of travel gods, we still have a looooong list of things that need to be done before set sail in March. I have a hundred stories that are due. Filing them all will be hard, but fortunately, I have managed to clone myself. I’m looking forward to experiencing spring out west. It’s one of my favorite places.