Sometimes the stars line up. First off, I think that my airline accidentally gave me an extra day off of reserve! That’s right, you heard me. I have never ever in the history of airlines heard of this happening, but it did. I even pointed it out to them in my dumbstruck confusion (“Um, until 2 hours ago I only had 3 days off here.”), but Scheduling brushed me off and said “No, I don’t think that’s right.” So I let it be!
This meant that I had enough days off to get out to New Mexico, and somehow – even though the annual Hot Air Balloon Festival is on right now – there was an empty seat for me all the way to Albuquerque! So here I am, getting to experience the magic of the festival, and as my sister and I get up early and hop in the car to chase down a sky full of colorful Flying Objects…I can’t help but think about the fact that we’re still reacting to these balloons with the same awe that people would have in, say, 1850. What other kinds of old technology can we say that about?