Solutions & Coffee: There is always time

I don’t remember exactly when I wrote this but it was um, at least two years ago…. But hey, it was in my drafts so here goes an old update.

It’s been a while since I posted a travel adventure, so here goes.

I’m trying to return my rental car at the airport at 5 am. It’s early, but my flight is at 7:30 am and I don’t like to rush so here I am trying to be all organized and early. Well, I accidentally drive into the wrong part of the garage and now I am trying to figure out how to get out of the Alamo section and into the Budget section. So I find an exit and figure, I will go out and go back in. But there is an employee with their head against the booth window…asleep. After a few moments of sitting there making some noise, she wakes up. I polite explain I need to get to Budget.

Her: I don’t think they open until 8.

Me: Ok, but my flight is at 7:30 so I feel like they probably have some options. I just need to get out of this area and into theirs.

Her: You cannot exit. I am sorry.

Me: Um, ok. So how do I solve this situation?

Her: I am not sure. But you cannot exit from here. I am sorry.

Me: Oh, ok. So I guess I just stay here for the rest of my life? Did you bring some good lunch to share?

Her: [laughs] No sorry. [Then just looks at me with nothing really to say, but still seeming friendly.]

Me: Ok. Then. I guess I will go drive around and donuts and figure out where to live in this parking lot since I cannot ever leave.

Her: ok. Bye.

I drive away from wince I came and find two guys cleaning cars. One guy says, just follow him. So, off I go following some guy through the maze of the garage and bam, here I was at the Budget return place.

The point of this ramble is: there is always a solution too a problem. Well, at least for some folks. Though this lady was polite and friendly, she clearly did not have any problem-solving skills. Or perhaps, she just didn’t want to use them on me at that early hour. Whatever the case, don’t let one sleeping, got no problem-solving skills people stop you from your destination. Smile. Nod. Then move along to someone else who is capable of assisting (or willing to help) you with your journey.

There is always a way. You may have to drive around in circles and talk to several people, but eventually, you will get there. And still have time for airport coffee…as long as you are early and planned ahead.