With episode 100 around the corner, I thought it would be fun for all of us to share our favorite/stand-out Weekend Confirmed memories.
I'll go first:
One day in April 2010, I was standing in line waiting to check-in at Toronto Pearson airport. I was leaving for a 4-say trip down to Nashville to tour a few guitar factories.... an all-expenses paid trip, during which I would be spending a lot of my boss's money. It was an honor to be invited, and an honor that my boss agreed to send me, so needless to say I wanted to be very respectable and professional.
The check-in lineup was unusually long.... So long in fact that airport staff were making their way up and down the line and asking passengers which flight they were on so that they could bump them ahead in line if need be.
Weekend Confirmed had just recently started, and I'd downloaded the first few episodes to enjoy on my trip. As I stood in line, I was listening to the infamous "All games are better in co-op" debate. I was so engrossed in the show that I didn't notice the airline attendant call out my flight number and move all passengers to the front of the line. AN HOUR LATER I was STILL standing in the check-in line, starting to worry that I might miss my flight. I got the attention of one of the airline staff, and they told me that check-in for my flight had already closed.
Now in complete panic, I rushed to the front of the line, sped through check in, and proceeded to SPRINT through the airport. Not a self-concious "I'm too embarassed to really run" half-sprint, but a full blown Tom Cruise Mission Impossible 4 chase-scene sprint.
Since I'm in Canada, all the other travelers apologized and got out of my way as I dashed past them. By the time I cleared airport security, I had 7 minutes before my plane was scheduled to take off. I stood a chance. I just might make it.
I got to an intersection in the departures terminal and looked for my gate. To my surprise, my gate was not located along either of the 2 long hallways branching off in front of me. I followed a sign which directed me down a flight of stairs...... to a bus stop. My plane was departing from a seperate building on the other side of the runway.
Pretty much all hope drained from my body at this point. With nothing else to do, I stood and waited 10 minutes for the bus to show up. As it drove across the tarmac, I caught a glimpse of my terminal building. There was a row of 6 departure gates, and every single one of them still had a plane parked next to it. I didn't know which plane was mine, but it was still on the ground.
With a complete lack of regard for my fellow travelers, I shoved my way to the door and left the bus at a full sprint. I spotted my gate. The last passenger was making his way down the entrance ramp. Exhausted, out of breath, and dripping with sweat, I came to a crashing halt and presented my boarding pass.
"Cutting it a little close" said the airline attendant as she waved me on to the plane.
The best part? Through this entire event, I was mentally screaming "OF COURSE ALL GAMES ARE BETTER WHEN YOU PLAY THEM WITH A FRIEND!!! HOW COULD ANYONE SAY THEY AREN"T!! GAAAAHHHHRR!!!!!"
Happy Episode 100 guys. Thanks for the show, and keep up the great work!