Milwaukee to Indianapolis

In Uncategorized on August 11, 2010 at 12:00 am

The following is a fun little anecdote from earlier this year. This is my only submission rejected from the San Diego Reader.

The flight out of Milwaukee was overbooked, so I volunteered to give up my seat. I expected free tickets and a hotel. Instead, I got free tickets and a limo-ride to Indianapolis.

Three other travelers joined me on the sidewalk as we waited for our ride.

“It’s probably just one of those courtesy vans,” said a knowing salesman. “Sometimes they call them limos.”

But sure enough, a stretched limo appeared. I climbed into the vehicle with the salesman and an elder married couple, newly tanned from their vacation in Florida. We pulled out of the Milwaukee terminal and started plunging through the Midwestern darkness.

The salesman eyed the rows of tumblers and champagne glasses, then called out to the driver: “Hey, you got any booze back here?”

“No, sir!” the driver laughed. “Not for this ride.”

“That’s too bad,” the married couple guffawed. “After all the delays, we could use it.”

The last thing I remember was a large sign for Mars Cheese Castle. The next thing I know, I was snorting awake. It was 1 a.m., according to the stubborn Indiana clock. There was much to do – find a rental car, lodging, contact local friends, all in the early morn. But at least I’d arrived in style.


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