I'm en route to Denver as I'm tapping this out on my phone. Jen and I are returning from Boston where we've been for her 10 year college reunion. It's been a jam-packed weekend and seems longer than the 3 days it's been.
We flew out dreadfully early on Friday in order to get to Boston in time to have drinks and appetizers with Jen's sister and her fiance. Instead we ended up spending four and a half hours in Milwaukee waiting for our rather delayed Midwest Airlines flight. Finally we got on the plane and Jen ended up being seated with someone she knew from Harvard who was also heading to the reunion. We ended up sharing a cab with her in order to get to the dinner that night in time.
From there on, the weekend was largely about eating, drinking and talking with lots of people in very loud environments. I got to meet a lot Jen's friends and she got to reconnect. People were nice and not at all pretentious or elitist as I had feared. Everyone was pretty easy to talk to and I had a good time, though my social energy was drained to just shy of the bottom of the tank.
Saturday afternoon we did break away from the chattering throngs and tour the campus. It didn't look quite as old as I had expected, nor as ornate, with the exception of the Civil War chapel. Jen told me there were more places like that, but unfortunately they were off limits to the public. It was also surprising how integrated the campus was with the town around it. It had neither the fields of landscaping that Linfield or Willamette have, nor the opulence of DU. It is a different breed of campus. I liked it.
Our personal tour got a little soggy and we almost crashed a wedding in progress in the Memorial Chapel. Then we headed over to a Christian Fellowship meeting and followed that up with a much-needed nap. That night was the main shindig of the weekend and we jabbered away into the night.
Today we met with Jen's sister Christi and her fiance Joe to make up for our missed connection on Friday. We followed that up with a farewell brunch before sharing a cab to the airport with some of Jen's friends.
We faced the prospect of a long day of travel. Because of an earlier airline snafu, we were going to have to return to Denver by way of Atlanta and get in at 11:30 following a 3 hour layover. However, as we checked in, we saw that our flight was overbooked and that they were looking for volunteers to rescvhedule. Since our itinerary was looking pretty dreary, we tried to help out Delta and ourselves at the same time. It worked out swimmingly.
First off, we exchanged our 3 hour layover in Atlanta for a 1 hour stop in Detroit. This meant getting in at 7 rather than 11. We also happily found out that our flight to Detroit was short on seats, so Delta bumped us up to first class for free. Thanks, Delta! We were the first people off the plane in Detroit and we had just enough time to grab an unhurried dinner. Now we're in the air, Denver bound. God definitely showed off on this return trip. We have been so exhausted from the weekend, the boon of a relaxing flight and free booze was awesome. The prospect of returning home in daylight is also splendid. Thanks, God!