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Resurrection Revolution (11 of 14)
Series: Focus on Your Family
This past week I attended a conference in New Orleans (or as the natives call it "Naw-lins"). Yesterday afternoon, my return flight out of New Orleans was delayed. By the time we finally took off for Dallas/ Fort Worth we were over an hour behind schedule. I was pretty confident I wasn't going to make my connecting flight from Dallas/Fort Worth to Seattle. We touched down in Dallas/ Fort Worth at 4:15. By the time I finally got off the plane it was 4:30—the exact time my flight was supposed to depart! Fortunately, the flight attendant announced that my connecting flight was departing from gate C-21. Since I was coming out of gate C-6, I began to hope that I might actually be able to make it. After all, I could have had to travel to gate A or gate B. I rushed off the plane shouldering a travel bag packed full of books that I couldn't even zip closed. I dragged behind me the cheapest rolling suitcase money can buy. As I made my way off the flight, I was practically running roughshod through people, stiff-arming slowpokes in my way. I had only one thing on my mind: I had to get to gate C-21.
I looked at the signs for directions to gate C-21. The first sign told me to take a left out of terminal. So I took off running. The directions to C-21 took me up the longest escalator I've ever seen. They say, "Everything is bigger in Texas," but this was a proverbial "stairway to heaven." I thought, "I am either on Candid Camera or I am a contestant on Amazing Race." After I got off the escalator, the next sign directed me to take a tram. After I got off the tram, the arrow to C-21 took me down another long escalator. This dropped me off at C-29. I thought to myself: I just have to make it to gate C-21. This can't be too far, perhaps a few yards? Well, I ended up sprinting a long-distance, what you might call "Texas yards." I arrived at C-25 and was worn out. I could see gate C- ...
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