Here I am in the United Red Carpet Club at the Dallas Ft. Worth airport waiting for a) the weather to clear and b) my plane to arrive from Austin where it was diverted due to the weather here. (See left.)
I got really spoiled in 2005 and 2006 when I had bought a year membership in the Red Carpet Club in anticipation of traveling back and forth to Virginia while working on John Adams.
All that changed and I thought that the money was wasted, but as it turned out, Kurt and I ended up traveling so much in 2006 that it was well worth it in the end. When we went to Montreal for a wedding in June 2006, we flew Air Canada and got to hang in their lounges at LAX and in Montreal. Must say, the Air Canada lounges were FAB-U-LOUS!
I am fortunate that I can be here in the lounge and while a delay is a drag, it's really not that big a deal. I have nothing scheduled at home and it all really comes into perspective as I sat for a while near the gate where the charter plane that flies the US Army had arrived. There were tons of Army personnel waiting around, waiting to get back to Iraq. I spoke to a nice man who was headed back to Mosul for another five months. He had been home for two weeks. What is a delayed flight to LA in comparison to that?
Every time I fly through Dallas, I come face to face with the war as this appears to be a major hub for military transportation. The war is so far form a reality in my every day life and it's such a direct reminder to even just see people in uniform, heading to Iraq.