How fitting that I wrote up that last post on changing plans this morning!
Just as I was about to head out the door to the office I got a call from the head of our local office here. Heâ€™s the guy that I had come up here to relieve.
â€œYou better pack your bags. We may be sending you home today.â€
OK, I thought. The company just spent a bunch of money to change my flight, which was originally scheduled to leave yesterday, had me go get a rental car. And now they want to send me home anyway?
â€œSo do you want me to change my flight for one today?â€
â€œJust call around and see what you can get out today, but donâ€™t change your flight yet. We may need you to stick around. Call me and let me know what you can get.â€
Sure. No problem.
I called the airline. Good news: there are still a couple seats left that would get me home tonight. Called back the office and let them know.
â€œWe still donâ€™t know for sure. Iâ€™ll call you once I know.â€
So I wait. Tick. Tick. Tick.
Eventually he calls back. â€œYep. Go on home. Thanks for all your help!â€
Cool! I call the airline back. â€œWeâ€™re sorry there are no available seats until tomorrow morning.â€
Oh, we totally saw that one coming.
I was explaining the whole deal to a friend of mine who said, â€œFlexibility — the key word of the 21st century.â€
â€œSemper Gumby!â€ thatâ€™s my motto.
I was once on a mission trip and things were getting crazy. (Iâ€™m convinced thereâ€™s no word in Brazilian Portuguese for the English â€œplan.â€) At one point I asked our leader if weâ€™d moved through flexibility and on to the fluid stage.
He said, â€œOh, we’re way past fluid. Weâ€™ve been gaseous for several hours now.â€
I laughed long and hard when he said that. The double entendre with our reaction to some of the local food weâ€™d recently had was just too much.
Of course sleep deprivation also may have made me a bit giddy at the timeâ€¦
Anyway I should be heading home tomorrow sometime. Of course there are still about 22 hours for that plan to change. 😉
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