Wednesday, January 30, 2008

What's Been Canceled?

I realize that my posts are somewhat sporadic. The past couple of weeks have been busy for poor Derrick. (Sorry, I don't normally speak in the third.) Last weekend I finished my jet-set life and started my journey home. That's where it hit the fan.

We were trying to leave DFW on a private charter but due to fog, our pilots couldn't get to us. So we waited, thinking any moment they would arrive and we could make our way to Irvine, CA. Finally, after a few hours, we were off....sort of. Due to a strong headwind we weren't moving as fast as planned. When we arrived in Irvine, I was already late for my return flight home to Tulsa. So, I got a flight to Dallas arriving at 12:00am. Chris, my campus pastor didn't want me to drive all night for fear that I'd run off the road. (I fall asleep at the wheel easy..btw.)

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got me a hotel room, and at 5:30am the next day I arrived at DFW to get my 6:50 flight to Tulsa....which was canceled. Whoops...I was supposed to lead worship...good thing Stephen Cole was prepared. The Tulsa campus experienced worship live via satellite and I continued to book another flight...hoping to lead worship. The band was ready, but then my flight was canceled again. Okay, not going to make the 10 o'clock experience.

Then my next flight was delayed every hour, on the hour. Not going to make the 11:30 experience. It seemed that at any moment the fog would lift and we'd be on our way. So, finally we board the plane at 3pm. Around 3:45 the pilot comes on and says that the airline canceled our flight but that he had gotten it re-instated. WHAT? THEY CANCELED THE FLIGHT WE WERE SITTING ON? THE NERVE! So, we left, made it into Tulsa at 4:50pm. I completely missed church.

All of this because of fog. I mean, snow...no problem. Rain...it's okay. Fog.....everything collapses. I guess it was important to see the runway...you know, to stay on it and everything. Okay, now I've told my story....don't feel sorry for me. Well, you can if you want. Moral of the story...hindsight is 20/20, when your flight cancels don't assume the next one will work out....just go rent a freakin car!

4 comments:

Kyle P. said...

Hey buddy. Sorry I made you throw-up a little bit in your mouth. Flying has gotten to be such a pain hasn't it?! The most important thing is you are home safe-and-sound and that's the way I like it! You were missed!

Jeff Brame said...

Hey Derrick,

By some weird accident on blogspot I found your website..guess it was just destined. Missed you and the band last week at church, sorry to hear about the flight troubles. Glad to see your back home though. Welcome back.

chris rogers said...

what a freakin mess! i can't imagine going through that and staying sane. you are a bigger man than i am.

Derrick Henslee said...

Kyle - wanna arm wrestle?

Jeff - I'm glad an accident has brought our blogspots together, although I hope it wasn't some sort of dog "accident" or anything... It's good to be home! See you this weekend.

Chris - You don't need to point out my size...I'm sensitive about that you know! HA!