This Noob is Human
There shouldn’t be flights at 5:45am.
It had been a crazy week. One of those weeks where I never went to bed before 1 am. It may not seem like a big deal to some, and yes I know I still wear deep v-necks, but I’m not as young as I used to be (I’m reminded of that every Monday night during my rec basketball game).
I set my alarm at 4:12 am for my 5:45am flight out of Austin. I live about 20 minutes away from the airport, and while I hate that Austin isn’t a major hub, it is a very laid back airport that is easy to get around.
Anyway, when my alarm went off at 4:12 am (is it weird that that’s when I set it?) I hit snooze and kept sleeping. Bad form, Noob. I didn’t wake up again until 4:50am, when I had a call from my buddy asking where I was.
I answered and instantly began running around the house with my phone in hand, not saying anything to him. I then went into the bathroom and grabbed my toothbrush. I always fear leaving my toothbrush behind. Jordan, realizing I’d overslept, told me I better get dressed and going. I think I was running around in circles for a while, with my phone and toothbrush in hand (which I left behind).
I went in the other room and threw my clothes on, zipped up my bag, and grabbed my laptop. At that point my wife realized it would be best that she drove me to the airport, so my friend could go ahead. Thank God for wives. I take a while to wake up, and she realized that I had no idea what I was doing and she saved the day. She then drove me to the airport in record time- 16 minutes!
Once I got to the airport, I had about 28 minutes before my flight. At Austin’s airport, this is plenty of time to make a flight. But I still had a a couple hiccups in front of me. I couldn’t check in online (BA website woes). And since it was within 30 minutes of my flight, I couldn’t check in at the online kiosk. Major bummer. I began doing that run in circle thing again (still asleep and hadn’t had coffee yet) and then I stumbled upon an AAngel. I asked her nicely for help and she had pity on me. The American Airlines team member rushed me to the desk and ticketed me. She told me to hurry and that she couldn’t guarantee I would make it.
I knew I would be safe if security wasn’t long and it usually isn’t at AUS. But it happend to be long enough where it was going to be close today. I had already made a phone call to my buddy and he was running interference for me at the boarding gate. The security line just happened to be moving a little slower today and I was stressing. Right when I got to the next in the sue, I realized the sweet AAngel had given me priority access! I would’ve been able to skip the line and didn’t realize it. Things weren’t going my way this morning. I finally made it to the scanners, and of course the lady 2 people in front of me had suspicious items in her bag and held up the line for another 5 minutes.
While waiting, my bag began to vibrate and it was my friend saying the whole plane was waiting on me and they were trying to force him to board so they could leave. So close, but so far away. I then asked politely if I could switch lines and the TSA agent came back with “patience is a virtue”. Ok. I respect that, but I’m feeling pretty badly that the whole plane is waiting on me. The line finally started moving again and I slid my shoes on, grabbed my bag, threw my belt over my shoulder and began sprinting. They were calling my name while I was running. Never a good sign.
I finally made it to the gate and tried to high five the rep, but he wanted nothing to do with it, so I just boarded. I hate hate being late and I don’t know how I made this flight. I’m very grateful to the AA team member for her quick help and my friend who was stalling the AA flight staff at the gate. And I’m especially grateful for a wife who acted quickly and was able to get me to the airport in record time. If it wasn’t for her, I would still be running in circles in the bedroom, in the dark, with my phone and toothbrush in hand.
— Noob Master