If the ways of the world were left up to me, we’d probably still be using typewriters, telephones that were hooked to the wall, cash and travel agents. If you’ve been reading my blog for any length of time, you will know that I’m really slow to embrace technology. (Not to say that I don’t enjoy all the benefits of the computer age…I’ve just always been a bit set in my ways) Fortunately for the world, not the mention myself, I’m not in charge of the technology growth department. That doesn’t stop me from whining about it though.
About a zillion years ago, I trained to be a travel agent. I knew the three letter code for all of the world’s major cities, could find the best possible itinerary for nearly anywhere and could hand-write an airplane ticket in the blink of an eye. Finding a cheap airline ticket in today’s world is a whole different story.
Mimi and I are going to visit my
nieces baby brother during Spring Break. Not having enough time to make it a road trip, we decided to fly. (We’re clever that way) I decided that I’d better hurry and get tickets before it got too expensive with the rise in the price of gas.
I googled “cheap airline tickets”. (because I am, after all, cheap) It lead me to tickets that were so cheap I had to wonder if they were real. I cautiously clicked on them which led me to the real tickets that were decidedly NOT cheap. That wasn’t working out very well so I went to the radio jingle that kept going through my head. The rates were decent so I held my breath and clicked “purchase”. Then waited…and waited…and waited. For some reason it wasn’t working for me. (Even I shouldn’t be able to mess that one up)
I’d been searching for the perfect tickets for nearly an hour (Yes, I could have asked Shaun to get them for me, but I was stubbornly determined to do it myself) when Mimi happened to notice what I was doing. She was aghast that I was having so much trouble and informed me that she knew exactly how to get the best tickets. I just looked at her like she was nuts. My child, who has never bought anything online in her life is telling me how to do this? It’s a good thing that I listen to my kids because what I had forgotten was that she had spent hours planning a trip crisscrossing the country with a budget for her Social Studies class.
Within moments of taking Mimi’s advise I had two of the cheapest, round-trip airline tickets available. (seriously, she saved me over a hundred dollars off the price of those services!)
Maybe this new-fangled technology isn’t so bad after all…as long as I have a kid around to help me navigate it…
Bit O Life
Mimi’s sugar crystal science project that she realized she forgot as soon as the bus pulled away from the bus stop. Thank goodness for cell phones.