Where are we going today?

wheels up

“I don’t mean to be negative, but there’s little chance you’ll be flying today,” our friend the taxi driver warmly warns us. His Irish brogue a cuddly bearer of bad news. “Maybe you will. Better to be lucky than rich I say.” Warning #3.

Warning #1. Our friends the Dubai Air stewardesses in the elevator. “Where you going today?”

“We don’t know. We’re going to the airport to see what flights there are.”

The twin tan skirt suited ladies of Dubai Air pull back their lips and freeze their eyes least they roll. “Good luck.”

Warning #2. Our friend the Dublin Hilton manager checking us out after a lovely stay. “Where are you going today?”

“We don’t know. We’re going to the airport see what flights there are.”

The blue and pink scarf at her neck moves under her hard swallow and nervous cough. “Good luck.”

Our friend the taxi driver advises:

“Try a bus to Galway. Lovely out in Galway.

“Try a bus to a ferry to Liverpool to Edinburgh. Lovely in Edinburgh. My favorite city.

“Try a bus to Belfast. To the ferry then train to London. Try a bus back to Dublin. But maybe you’ll get a flight. Better to be lucky than rich, I say.”

We see a girl wearing sweatpants with “#YOLO” printed on the leg. “What’s YOLO?” our friend the taxi driver asks. We explain. He’s excited to have something else embarassing to say to his 15-year-old daughter. Door opens. We’re out. “Good luck,” he wishes. “Better lucky than rich.”

Warning #4: Our friend the Aer Lingus tickets saleswoman.

“Two tickets to anywhere in the next few hours,” we say.

The kelly green vest shifts over her very pregnant belly as she sits back. No-nonsense, no hesitation. “You picked the worst day for that. Right after the Bank Holiday and all. You’ll have better luck using something like SkyScanner.net than here. Tickets to Amsterdam – 400 euros each. Tickets to Munich… sold out. Go online and see.”

We see. Tickets to Amsterdam 400 euros each. Tickets to Madrid, worse. Tickets to…

“There? You want to go there?” I ask.

“Sure,” Seth shrugs. One-way, last-minute, international for pennies on the euro.

Tickets purchased. Bags checked. Better to be lucky.

Wheels up.

Photo credit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/smemon/4820389847/sizes/z/

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