First off, let me start by wishing all the Hoya faithful a wonderful Memorial Day weekend. Be safe and have fun, everyone!
Okay, now to the part where you will laugh (and hopefully cry a little) at how absurd my morning was and it will make your day that much better knowing that you could have had my day.
I have the luxury of being a first-time traveler to the lovely state of
After quite the trip to the airport that involved a five minute stop at a light, I arrived at the airport between 5:50 and 6 on the Friday before Memorial Day for a 6:20 flight. Needless to say, I was not making that flight. He said, "Hey, I got you here by 5:50, you have a half hour! You'll be fine!" Hmmm ... wrong again, Sir.
National was a Zoo (ha ha ... okay, I think that's funny ... National ... Zoo ... National Zoo ... get it? no? just me? I heart the pandas? ... okay, moving on) So, thanks to the wonderful help from Anne F., a Delta employee who was extremely nice considering the chaos around her, I was re-booked on a flight that departed at 7:30 for Detroit and I arrive in Madison by 12:30 p.m. central time - can't complain about that. So, thank you, Anne!
You think the fun ends there? Of course not! I wouldn't be blogging about ridiculousness if that were the extent of my headache. After a 10-year-old girl spilled something that I can only describe as a "juice of sorts" (we're talking 10 percent juice of a fruit, 90 percent sugar water) on my pants and my boarding pass, I tried to get through security. I did get the look up and down at my damp boarding pass but I managed to get through the first line of security where they check your ID - however, I did get stopped at the metal detector since I set it off despite a lack of metal on me. This present-day SID was once-upon-a-time a wannabe athlete and had a number of surgeries that involved putting metal in my body. That is always easy to explain, TSA totally understood ... or what really happened is that TSA patted me down yet again.
So, here I am on a layover in
Obvious shoutouts to my two favorite people to ever come from Wisconsin - fellow Georgetown SID Barb Jonas and current Big Ten employee (former GU SID intern) Jess Palermo. But, the extra shoutout goes to John Cantalupi (a Hoya for life) - see, you're not the only one to ever miss an early morning flight!
I cannot wait to make my way over to the Sailing National Championships! The Hoyas had a great start yesterday and were in the top four for much the day, but a strong push from the field and
List of things to do while in
1. Watch some Hoya sailing!
2. Find a person with a cheese hat, take photo with them - then ask where they are from because I do not believe that those who wear cheese hats are actually FROM Wisconsin
3. Eat cheese curds
4. Eat brats
5. Meet up with Jess on Tuesday
6. Spread the news about how not awesome Shmellow Shmab is (photo below)
7. Whatever Barb or any other Wiscononian (Sconnies? Are we allowing that term?) tells me to do
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