Smilin' like Kaylee
I am in such a good mood today, everything has been working like clockwork, that I've been smiling ear to ear like Kaylee in the old Firefly series. I woke up on time, after four hours of deep, perfect sleep. The last time I smiled like that was on Groundhog Day, covering the honorable Gen. Beauregard Lee out in the suburbs. He called for an early spring, after crowds of people rang bells and yelled for him to get up in what is most likely THE WORST ALARM CLOCK EVER.
I lugged my hardcase (containing the "Kitty Mir II" package from Mark's folks for him) up to the MARTA station, then jumped on a train, which only took a half hour to the airport. Normally I budget an hour to ride the train and devoted even more time after Giovanna was telling me of her experiences with train delays.
When Mark was in Chile, he lived so far away that I told his folks I'd bring anything they wanted to send him. So they gave me this old suitcase, which reminded me of the Soyuz capsules that would get sent to resupply the Mir space station. Same goes for Hawaii, which is just as far away and way more expensive.
But no, everything was perfect. I got to the airport, checked in at the Delta counter. It's a Northwest codeshare flight but the SkyMiles will transfer over. I'll be getting 9,000 miles for this and at least 1,000 more bonus miles for Medallion.
I gave the Delta counter lady my SkyMiles number and immediately got an upgrade. Now that's service! It's like when Shepherd Book gets scanned by the Alliance officers and immediately gets whisked away to medical attention.
I was randomly picked for the security check but to my luck there was no line at all! I've been in there once before where the line was huge and it is slow because they have to frisk everyone.
One thing I did realize -- I forgot my running shoes! I was meaning to have them on this morning but I wore my regular work shoes taking out the trash and just forgot to change them before I left. I guess I'll have to buy some new ones with the money I'm saving by not parking at the airport ($80 vs. $1.75 fares on MARTA). Most of the time anyway, I'll have sandals on.
I'm going to Hawaii!! I'm on vacation!!!
Have to work on my mantra: I will swim in the ocean.
I will drink fruity drinks.
I will not think about work (except poker).