1982, and spring break was "next week". I had an ex-girlfriend who lived in Palm Beach. Her brother was my room-mate. We were going to drive down to PB and spend our spring break. I was cool with that because she & I were still on very good terms (still are today!)
Anyway, the day was Monday. FRIDAY was the last day of school and off we go....
Monday morning my dad calls... "Richard, I've got two tickets for us to fly to Peru THIS SATURDAY...... how is your passport??"
"Well... we (you) need to get cracking on it.
So, I found a lady in Washington DC that told me if I could send it to her via overnight, she'd jump on it and send it back to me. GOT IT!! So, I skipped classes that day, drove into town (my home town) about 12 miles away to get the forms, pictures.... got it all done and rushed it to be overnighted to her.
Well.... I now had a difficult time reaching her.... and the long story is she of course, failed to get my passport done such that it could be sent to me. I HAD to receive it on Friday because 7:00 / 8:00 Saturday morning was my flight to Miami to meet up with my dad.
What to do? I'm screwed.
Dad calls.... update him..... his wheels are turning. Well, as it turned out, a friend of his (who lived in Dayton, Ohio.... call it an hour away) had a daughter. Seems the daughter lived in Washington. She worked RIGHT ACROSS THE STREET from the Passport location. As luck would have it, she was going home on Friday to visit her family. She agreed to walk across the street and pick up my passport and hand deliver it to me, as long as I drove to the Dayton airport.
(what are the chances of THAT happening in our society today??!!)
She did so.....I did so.... and I got my passport. Next morning, jumped on the plane to Miami and off we were.
My Mother just smiled and said "Son.... I'm a believer that things that go around, come around.... some of the nice things you've done over your life were recognized today because this shouldn't have happened but someone wanted you to go!"
Had a great time but.... missed out on a Palm Beach vacation with an old girlfriend.....that I still got along with.