What an exciting and uneventful day it was going to be. We packed, said goodby to our apartment and Seville and got to the airport with time to spare. We were scared whitless by the RyanAir email we received a few days prior which informed us of all the stringent rules that if not followed to the letter would result either in a huge fee or denial for boarding. We thought we were all ready, and sure enough all went well as we got our stamp at the airline office and pre weighed our bags–I was well within the limits–Kathy barely squeezed by after she ate one of her hidden chocolate bars–she was a pound under weight–at least in the bag:-)–and measured the size of our carryon to make sure it would be allowed. We had time to eat a little something, did, and then to our horror, just moments before we were to check-in for the gate, we realized that our documents were missing.
I did not start it–Kathy insinuated that I had mis-placed them. Imagine us tearing through our suitcases, clothes flying. I replied that I am not in charge of documents, she is, after all, she knows how I lose things. “Yep,” she said, “you lost them.” “No, I remember handing them to you,” said I. “No!” She was adamant that I had brought us to this travesty. I was positive she lost them, but do you know what it is like when your wife’s dander starts to rise–that dander was going off the charts. Then we remembered, we had printed one extra copy of the documents–big sigh of relief. Now to start the process all over again. Of course, this meant we were now at the back of the line and the plane is no seat reservations–first come first served, and that meant we would be middle row rear and I would be stuck between–well, you know.
Sure enough when we got to the gate we waited in a very long line and as they made the announcement to begin boarding they also said, “Passenger Graumann and his wife, please come to the counter.” Ah-oh. As we approached, the attendant handed us our first documents, found somewhere and smiled and pointed for us to go first in line. Amazing! The other passengers wondered who these important people must be. As soon as we cleared the check-in, I turned to Kathy and said, “See how blessed we are because I lost those documents?” HIGH FIVE–SLAM DUNK–I WIN!!!