"This is your lucky day!"

What the Northwest airlines rep told us after finding two standby seats on a flight to Minneapolis. After we'd spent the night in the Philadelphia airport sleeping on benches that were nailed to the floor. Without our lost luggage.

We left for our long weekend in Minneapolis on Thursday afternoon, but didn't arrive until Friday. Absolutely everything that could go wrong did go wrong during that very unpleasant 19-hour period.

Yeah, lady. We're so lucky.

She's lucky. Lucky I was too broken-spirited to reach across the counter and take her down.

Friendly skies my ass.