by Raymond Alan Dailey
So I love telling people I get to travel for free ala Space A. In short, if a government plane is travelling somewhere and there is extra space, I can get on and travel for no cost! I smirk at my friends and tell them to keep working because its those taxes paying for my travel! (Think of an evil laugh that I am bellowing out… Bwa Ha Ha Ha!)
But their are some drawbacks. Their are no guarantees that we will get on a flight. Plus most flights leave in the morning super early. So when a flight is scheduled to leave at 5 am, you have to be there at 4 am, which means you have to get up at 3 am to get the kids ready, packed, and walk a mile to the terminal. Then there are the delays, cancellations, and the fact that 141 people want to go to Hawaii and only 32 get to go. Oh, but wait, their is a typhoon (or two) in Guam so there is a sudden need for more cargo on the plane and only 16 people get on the plane. I then find that I am now number 42 on the list. Its a no go for this flight, but guess what… another flight leaves at 930 am and we try for that one, but that one gets delayed for 2 hours and in the end it only has room for 2 people, and so on and so on. This happens day after day after day. In fact, as of the the time of this writing, we have been here for 3 days and will be here for at least 2 more. Most of the time we are held “hostage” because a flight may be leaving so we have to try to get on it. But tomorrow there are no flights going to Hawaii so we will venture off base and head to San Francisco for some family fun.
Don’t get me wrong, if we get that flight to Hawaii on Tuesday it’s all good, but if we don’t and we are here for 2 weeks… OMG we will go stir crazy! And don’t even get me started on the one room, two bedroom accommodations we are in. I’m ready to send the kids out to play on the runway so I can get 10 minutes alone with the wife!