Jim’s Journal: I Love the Middle Seat

June 25, 2013 in Jim's Journal

A couple of years ago, while finishing up my training session in Omaha, Nebraska, I was informed that a major snow storm had hit Philadelphia and that all of the airports were closed. I decided to stay the night and make my way home the next day. There was a sense of urgency in my step because I was scheduled to train the very next day and my client was adamant in that she expected me to be there. We had been planning the session for over a year. Not wanting to let her down, I started my journey back first thing in the morning. My flight to Chicago, from Omaha, left on time and I arrived approximately 9:00 am. When I went to the desk to check on the status of my 11:00 am connecting flight to Philadelphia, I was told that it was canceled. Moreover, the 12:00 pm and 1:00 pm flights had been canceled too. The last two flights (at 3:25 pm and 6:00 pm) had not been canceled but were full, with at least 30 people ahead of me on standby. First, I prayed. Then, I begged the person working at the gate to let me get on the 3:25 flight. I was pitiful. She said, since I looked and sounded so desperate, that she would see what she could do (and that the only possible seat left was a middle seat). My prayers were answered as she let me on. Now, I typically hate the middle seat, however, I would have flown on top of the plane to get home. Perspective is everything, huh?

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