Stellar memory you say? That's absolutely amazing you say? I certainly can't remember that many details about my other trainings. It's what happened after that which makes the trip memorable. Or maybe I should say during. Christmas was on a Monday that year and on the Wednesday before - you know, when I was training - it started snowing in my home town of Denver. A lot. The airport was closed by Wednesday evening and it wasn't looking good for my flight home on Thursday.
Sure enough, I was up bright and early Thursday morning and all flights in and out of Denver were canceled. A massive blizzard had dumped nearly 2 feet of white stuff all over the city. Once my Central-time zone based travel agent made it into the office, she was able to tell me I could fly home on the 26th. Holiday travel combined with catch-up from Wednesday put me low on the priority list.
To try to shorten this story up a bit, after crying to my travel agent and placing a very early morning and tearful call to my brother in Phoenix, I had a very expensive nonstop flight booked that would get me into Phoenix at midnight. My wonderfully accommodating brother picked me up at the airport and his hospitality-driven wife had the guest room and Friday manis and pedis all set up. On Saturday, the three of us set out for Denver along with a small U-Haul trailer and two large dogs: one with a urinary tract infection (many potty stops) and the other with amazingly terrible gas. Good times.
Oh right. The point.
Recently, I was perusing the internet and came across a list of Christmas Carols for the Psychologically Challenged and remembered that fateful trip. In order to infuse a little Christmas spirit into that mental health training, I had written these Christmas carols in the margins of my trainer's manual and we all had a good giggle any time one came up.
So in honor of that memorable Christmas - I've decided to do a special subseries on the code for the day. Here is the first of my Twelve Codes of Christmas series:
- I Don't Remember if I'll Be Home for Christmas (R41.3, Other amnesia)