Sunday, January 8, 2012
dreams really do come true....
have you heard the old saw, "it only costs twice as much to go first class."? i've had this idea in the back of my mind for years. that being, if i ever make it to retirement, the first thing i want to do is take my whole crew on a cruise.
if the good lord's willing, it looks like both those things will come to pass this summer. it's been a frustrating few months waiting for the purchase window to open, hoping that as the weeks passed i would see ticket prices go down. just the opposite has happened, prices i looked at 6 months ago are now almost double what they were back then. in fact they took a huge jump from just a week or so ago, after the pronouncement that gas could reach $5 a gallon by years end.
my vision has been to have the various members of the crew fly into a common airport, continuing on to our cruise port city together. dollar signs had me doubting the wisdom of such a move. hours and hours of searching, at last i thought i'd found a way to save a pretty penny, only to realize that bargain figure was for the first leg of the flight, that in fact the "bargain" was $200+ more than my original search.
i hate shopping! i try to remember that, if i find something i want at a price i can afford, i should just buy it. more often than not, after wasting time and money, i end up going back to where i started, buying the item that caught my eye in the first place.
and that's what happened in this case, i ended up buying the tickets that i looked at the beginning of my search. did i save any money? probably not. but it will allow us to congregate, proceeding en masse, to the realization of a dream.
bon voyage. aio