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Like it was meant to be

Friday night I got email from a friend in NYC inviting me to his wedding. Thing is, he's getting married on July 4th, and usually one has to bend over a barrel when purchasing plane tickets with less than two weeks advance notice. I checked Expedia.com first, and about the cheapest round trip tickets I could find there would have set us back $1,800.00 each. Yeowch!

Then we tried Priceline.com. With Priceline, you describe the acceptable parameters of what you want to buy and the amount you're willing to pay, and then you place your bid. You have to give a credit card number up front, and if they find something that matches your description, they buy it for you automatically. You don't get to review the particulars and decide if you really want to buy it. For example, with airline tickets, you pick the day and the price you'll pay, but you have no control over the departure time, airline, or route, so if you put in your cc# and click the submit button and Priceline finds you a red eye special with 4 layovers, you bought it, baby. No refunds or exchanges.

We toyed with the idea of making a trans-continental road trip of it, but that would really take a long time and put a lot of miles on Space Monkey. Plus, I don't think Logan would take too kindly to days on end strapped into his infant car seat.

"Let's roll the dice," I said, meaning that I thought we should take a chance with Priceline.com.

We decided to start with a low ball bid. We said, "Find us round trip tickets from Seatac to JFK for $300 a piece. We'll accept up to 2 layovers, and we'll take jet aircraft or turbo prop planes." We didn't expect to actually find anything for that price, but best to start low and then go higher.

Low and behold, we got tickets for direct flights (as in zero layovers) on Delta with reasonable departure times for $300 each. Right on!

Dare we risk another roll of the dice and bid on a hotel room in the same manner? We did. We said, "We'd like two and a half stars or better anywhere in Manhattan except the business district, and we'll pay $80 a night." Just as I was about to hit the submit button, Lara said, "Go back and bump it up to three stars." So I did, and what did we get?

The Times Square Hilton!

Normal rate: $209.00 per night

Our rate: $80.00 per night

Meant to be? Check out this comic I did way back in November of last year. I've had the notion that something was brewing in NYC that involves me for months now. It really feels like something big is coming together.

What lies in store?

I'll let you know.


( 7 comments — Leave a comment )
Jun. 25th, 2001 12:19 pm (UTC)
That is the most frightening and wonderful feeling imaginable to me.
All my arrows have been pointing to seattle for months. Out of the blue. All the people I've met, movies, books, music... hell.. even obscure nicknames. References to the emerald city abound. I had never even given it much thought before and all of a sudden, it seems obvious that something is there that means something. I don't know what, and I won't be pushing it. But I've opened my eyes because I know that these things can be easy to dismiss.
I hope your big thing in new york is something wonderful.
Jun. 25th, 2001 12:54 pm (UTC)
I must admit the thing I'm looking forward to most is proper deli food, for which I had an unsatisfied, long craving during pregnancy.

Well, AND the chance to galivant around a great city with my gorgeous husband, and act like normal people who have lives again and are silly in love.

The Emerald City IS a great place---hope you get a chance to see it someday.
Jun. 25th, 2001 08:37 pm (UTC)
That's great! Will you bring Logan? How long will you be there for?
Jun. 25th, 2001 10:46 pm (UTC)
Re: Yea!
We'll arrive in NYC on Monday afternoon and fly out on Friday afternoon, and yep, Logan Berry Boy will take his first trip to the East Coast at the ripe old age of seven months.
Jun. 29th, 2001 01:46 am (UTC)
I am going to be in NYC around the same time too. Mostly to get lucky with fireworks and the skyline. I hope to make a series.

Have a good one.
Jun. 29th, 2001 11:07 am (UTC)
Cool! If you want to try to hook up for a bit send me an email (kmo@c-realm.com) and I'll send you my cell phone number. (I don't want to publish it on-line.)

We'll be hanging out with some mondo interesting folks.

Hope to see you there, but if it doesn't happen, I wish you happy shooting and safe traveling.

Jun. 30th, 2001 05:04 am (UTC)
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