I decided to recap my trip by each day- there were some pretty good stories on my trip.
I left Wednesday in the morning- my friend Debby drove me up to Denver. The liquid ban has been lifted some- but I checked my luggage anyway.
As I was checking my luggage I was showing the man my ID. When I made the reservation online I had accidentally used the profile of my maiden name to book the ticket. When I called the customer support of United, the service rep had such a hard time understanding what I was telling him that I wasn’t able to get my name changed on the ticket, and told me I’d be fine. Well, I wasn’t. A manager had to come and look at my driver’s license and then my only ID in my maiden name- my college ID card from Freshman year (8 years ago). That wasn’t recent enough for them so I had to go through the special security line. It was there that I had my first experience with “the puffer”. It’s this machine you walk into, then short bursts of air shoot out at you and then you stand there for a minute before it lets you out. I still don’t understand what it does.
Then came possibly the highlight of my trip- I saw a celebrity! I always wonder what it would be like to recognize a celebrity in the airport. There was actually two celebrities- of the reality TV genre. Who you ask? None other than The Bachelorette Trista and her husband Ryan!!!!! This was the one season of the show I really got into. Plus they live in Vail and everytime I’m in Vail I try to find them. All I could think about was calling my Eagle Lake buddy Jenny since she is probably the only one who truly appreciates my excitement. I rode a separate tram and we all got off at the United terminal, but they went the opposite way I did. I had to go walk off my excitement so I went and bought a soda.
I got my McDonald’s Orange soda and was getting ready to enjoy it and wait to board when I slipped on a puddle of water. Normally not too big of a deal, but I had my no-traction-whatsoever flip-flops on and fell to the floor. My bag broke my fall but I proceeded to have my drink go flying in front of me and I was also standing right by a nicer restaurant and I knocked over a metal easel with glass/plastic (wasn’t sure) framed sign on it. The easel almost hit a man that was sitting at a table, but fortunately did not. I felt ok but was totally embarassed about falling and mad that I didn’t get to drink my orange soda. By this time the line was so long at McDonald’s, that I settled for my favorite comfort food and got a scoop of ice cream to eat before I got on the plane.
So, once I landed, got to see my mom and be off my ankle for a while I had a pretty good rest of the day. Made it to the beach in time for Project Runway.
And that finished day one.