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Deep Frugal, part 1

June 26th, 2006 at 05:53 am

So getting to Nashville was a crazy adventure - a hopscotch from Seattle to San Diego to Dallas to Nashville. The Dallas connection was the crazy one, and I knew it would be crazy. In my purse went the just in case stuff: a pair of fresh socks, fresh panties, a bottle of water, 5 energy bars, 2 paperbacks, my Saturday paper, PDA, MP3 player.

The first rule of the airport is to think "prison". One checked bag, one purse, slip on shoes, no belt, no jewelry, all metal in the purse. Thankfully the metal detectors missed the underwire in the bra.

The second rule of the airport is that if you roam it with "needs" you'll spend money. The only need I should have provided for was to pack a lunch. I bought that for an uninspired $6 in San Diego.

As I said before I just made the connection in Dallas to Nashville; I had about fifteen minutes to get across the gigantic Dallas Airport. Yay for gym class. Ten minutes into the flight, though, after the relief that I made my flight came the realization that there was absolutely no way that my checked bag had made it. It tempered my relief until I realized something very important: all my clothes in that bag were at least 1 size too large, no one has seen me wear what I have on, and everything was Seattle summer-y, not Nashville summer-y. I cheered up at the thought of actually buying something.

At the Nashville baggage claim, my bag was missing, and so I stood with about 15 other people in various stages of high dudgeon, asking an airline rep to rescue their bag. One woman even threw a tantrum about her cell phone charger being in the missing bag. "That's my life they lost!" Here's a hint...if it was that big o'deal, it should have gone in the purse.

My turn with the airline rep. Many thanks to anna, jester of the bees for her customer service tips here and here that informed my tactics.

Me: Bad night, eh?
Rep (with a southern drawl): If you're here, the news is never good.
Me (low voice): To tell you the truth, I'm not that upset. You see, I've been at the gym for seven months now. All my clothes in that bag are at least one size too big.
Rep (laughing): Well bless your heart! So what did your bag look like?
Me: Carpet bag, green and kinda pink. No wheels. So I'm at [hotel]. Do you deliver? I don't have a phone...
Rep: We sure do, honey. No need for the phone, we know where that is. Do you have everything you need - toothbrush?
Me: toothbrush I have, but I need toothpaste.
Rep: Oh, let me get a little something for you...(returns with a little spa kit.)

So if you're a customer service rep, whose bag are you going to rescue first? Tantrum woman or woman with a funny story? Smile I got my bag at the hotel by 10 am the next morning.

7 Responses to “Deep Frugal, part 1”

  1. LuckyRobin Says:

    LOL So funny. I've used Anna's suggested tactics, too. Worked great. And I've used "the innocent letter" and the "innocent phone call" I've picked up from your blog. They work so well!

  2. sakigt Says:

    Isnt that the truth. Isnt there a saying that you catch more bees with honey than vinegar?

    I probably got that all wrong, but you see my point. lol

    Getting upset RARELY works.

  3. arg1211 Says:

    Nice work! Glad to know you got your bag back. Say, where can I find these "tips" of Anna's? I'm pretty sure I know them already, but I'd like to see them, nonetheless.

  4. ima saver Says:

    That is great!!

  5. baselle Says:

    arg1211 - I edited this blog entry to link to Anna's entries. Enjoy!

  6. lrjohnson Says:

    Welcome back and well done.

  7. moneymaker Says:

    first rule of an airport 'prison'! lol

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