An unexpected trip
April 2, 2013 8:32pm CST
Do you remember when there was a joke t-shirt going around that said: My family (or friend) went on vacation (or to someplace like Cancun) and all I got was this lousy t-shirt. ? Well, while this fad was going on, and it was quite a few years ago, like in the mid-1980's, I had an opportunity to have gotten an even BETTER version of the shirt. I was talking with my brother's girl friend on Sunday about this, and that is what brought it to mind. I have a friend, who, back in the 1980's, was working for an advertizing agency. One of their clients was a tour company who arranged week long "shopping tours" to Ireland. The owner of the tour company had told her that if they ever had a cancellation, they wanted her to go and write up the trip for a travel magazine. So, one Saturday, she was visiting me from Houston and she got a phone call from her mom in Houston. Her boss was looking for her, turned out there was a cancellation, and if she wanted to go she needed to be in Dallas at 3 the next day - packed. And, by the way, she could bring a friend. All either of them had to do was pay about $350 each for the food "ticket". As we went to bed that night, she lay on the spare bed and went through the list of all the people she knew that had passports, and all the people that could take off on short notice. The ONLY problem was that there were no common names on the lists. As she got ready to go through the list a 3rd time, I said: "My mom has a passport, my mom doesn't need to be any place." So, I found a free trip to Ireland for my mother. She had to come up with the money in cash, but she had a friend in town who kept that kind of money - this was during the early days of ATMs and mom didn't have a card back then. She wrote her friend a check and the friend gave her the money - her "gambling" money. My mom was at DFW on time Sunday and winged off to Ireland with my friend. My mom told me that my friend reminded her a lot of me. Except she'd make up silly songs and kept the tour pretty much entertained. My friend told me that my mom reminded her of me (gee I wonder why?) My friend got to kiss the Blarney Stone. My mother got to play a round of golf - I thought it was amusing what she said of the Irish "roughs" - and my mom brought back some really nice gifts for the lot of us. I always said one of those should've been a t-shirt that read: I found a free trip to Ireland for my mother and all I got was this lousy t-shirt.
• United States
3 Apr 13
My friend is very personable, I've never met anyone who didn't like her, except the few that she managed to say something that offended them. And I never met anyone that didn't like my mother. I never heard my mother say anything really bad about anyone, except this one lady who mom said "she was cold." Now, this lady is the same lady who made one of my co-workers cry and the other one throw her phone across the room and break it... and mom said she was cold... My boss said that you couldn't tell her "no"... I on the other hand never had an unpleasant experience with her, but that was because I made her happy.
4 Apr 13
It seems that your Mum and your friend both have a beautiful nature.Needless to say,they enjoyed each other's company.You simply can't imagine either of them travelled in the company of the woman who made one of your co-workers cry.
• United States
4 Apr 13
I can't imagine spending time with that woman either, but because I made her happy, I became the designated contact person for her. Happily, we only had to deal with her a couple of times after I was the one who solved her problem. I liked the job I had because I could help people without over much contact with them. I like helping people, I just don't much like doing it all the time.