My boss used to travel from PA to TX on a regular basis for business. He liked to take a specific non-stop flight out and another one back, both on Airline A (he really preferred that airline and also hates it when he has to make connecting flights so non-stop is always the first choice). At some point, when I went to book his next trip, I discovered that Airline A had discontinued its non-stop flight to TX and the only other option was Airline B, which did not have a non-stop flight. When I told him this, we had this conversation:
Me: Airline A no longer flies non-stop to destination in TX. Here are the other flight options. What do you prefer?
Boss: I want the flights I always take.
Me: I know that, but Airline A no longer flies there. Here are your other options.
Boss: I donít want them; I want my usual non-stop flights on Airline A.
Me: I understand that, but those flights no longer exist, they are no longer on the schedule, they simply ARENíT anymore.
Boss: But I want them. What am I supposed to do?
Me: I don't know - learn to fly a plane and get your license by next week? Here are your options.
Boss: Forget it Ė I donít like any of the choices so Iíll just drive.
Me: Youíre going to drive all the way from PA to TX and back again just because you canít get the non-stop flights you want?
He then left for the day. I called the travel agent back and told her what flights to book. The next morning, he came in and rather grumpily said ďI decided not to drive; I guess Iíll take such & such flights.Ē
I smiled, handed him the itinerary and said ďI knew you would so I booked the flights yesterday. Hereís your itinerary.Ē
Can you tell weíve worked together WAAAAAY too long?