home sweet home

19/9/09
i woke up and almost immediately needed a xanax because i was so nervous about flying standby. i hated feeling responsible for everyone else without any internet to even check the boarding totals! not to mention, that when i booked the flight there seemed to be a problem with the credit card. regardless we made our way to fco on the leonardo express train.
leaving rome
at the airport it was like a maze trying to get to the check-in terminal and then back to our departure gate. we did have a problem with the booking but the ticket counter man took me to an upstairs office where i could rebook joann and gaylyn’s travel plans. for some reason ed’s card and the coair site do not play well together. while i was rebooking i checked the PBTs and felt confident we’d all get on.
once through ticketing, security screening, and passport control, we got on another bus back to the terminal where we shopped and snacked until it was time for our flight. we actually rode the same bus as the crew on our way over, which was definitely to our advantage since we wouldn’t get seats in first class. being on that bus really made me miss the camaraderie that comes together with being together on the flight crew. the crew took care of my family and me throughout the whole flight. as joann said later, we’re kind of like our own family, looking out for each other.
we made it back to newark and since i already knew all the flights to dallas for the next day were full, i was coming up with some other ideas. we could get to houston that night, stay in a hotel and try to get to dallas the next morning. at least it would put us in texas… so that’s what we did. it was a long journey but by 10am sunday morning we were back in dallas!

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