Tuesday, June 7, 2011

We're Back in the States Where Technology Makes Life Run Smoothly

Well, we've been back home for over a week.   I apologize for the delay in getting back to my blog.  We're back in spite of the particular airlines we used.  Our morning of departure we got up at 4 a.m. to depart Honduras.  The flight to Miami was without incident or food.  The flight from Miami to Chicago was delayed, which I feared would set in motion a chain reaction of disasters in making our connecting flight from Chicago to home.  I don't know why I was worrying so much; the connecting flight was cancelled completely.  It was a special moment.  By now it's @ 5 p.m. and it's been a long day.  The same particular airline informed us that they lost 3/4 of our checked baggage and had no idea where our cargo might be.  Because our flight was cancelled they offered to toss us on a bus (or was it under the bus?) from Chicago to home, another  4 hours or so.  I asked if they would include a meal while we were waiting for the bus, but they informed me they "couldn't do that."  Another special moment.  At 7 pm. we boarded a bus and while sitting there idling, the engine died.  But not to worry, the after a couple minutes the driver got it running again.   About 3 hours into the ride home, the engine died and the driver pulled off the interstate and there we sat in the dark.  Now would be the time to worry.  He called the dispatcher of Vern's Bus and Bait Shop and eventually the dispatcher sent out another bus to meet us and pick us up and transport us the rest of the way home.  We got in at midnight and were completely surprised by some of our family and friends welcoming us off the bus.  

Soon I hope to fill you in on my reflections as I look back on our 3 months in Honduras.  We are now adjusting to re-entry into mid-upper class IL.  By the way, we did get all our luggage two days after we got home.  But I still carry an attitude about the whole affair.  I guess you carry your baggage whether or not you lose your luggage.  Know what I mean?

I hope to hear from you as I get back in my blogging routine.  If you have questions to which you'd like me to respond, let me know.

Be thankful for what and who you have.


Zach said...

Forget Honduras...God is clearly calling you to life as a missionary to airline personnel.

This will involve constant flights throughout the world in which you will have the opportunity to be inconvenienced over, and over, and over again by people who charge you large sums of money for the privilege of playing a game of luggage-based hide-and-seek.

Then, when you are at your wit's end, you can turn the other cheek, as it were, by paying them more money to check another bag for them to lose. Meanwhile, you can pack each bag with Bibles, gospel tracts, and other evangelistic paraphernalia.

As your sanity slowly (or quickly, perhaps) ebbs away, it will all be worth it if just one poor luggage-losing soul reads a tract and gets saved. Praise God!

I would be happy to write your biography later. I've got a couple working titles in my head now:

"Lost Luggage for the Lord: The Steve Harris Story"


"Trading Sanity for Souls: How One Man Won the Airline Industry for Christ"

What do you think?

Steve said...

What do I think? Zach, I think you're full of crap. :>)

To embark on such a mission as you suggested would require that in dealing with the airlines personnel one would:
--demonstrate civility
--be patient
--bestow understanding
--express gratitude for their attempts

I would have to check "None of the above."

charlie nitric said...

Hello Steve -

I've never read you before since I came to Blogplicity while you were traveling. You write well and describe your frustrations with much control. I'm sensing you had a few more choice words to include but refrained from doing so, lol. I enjoy reading your post. :)


Steve said...

charlie nitric, welcome aboard The Titanic. I hope you enjoy the ride.