I sent the following email to my coworkers:
Some of them wrote funny emails back, like:
I was scheduled to fly home from Alaska today, but because of the eruption of Mt. Redoubt near Anchorage today, my flight was cancelled. I'm on the phone trying to book a new flight, and it looks like I won't be able to get out of Alaska until tomorrow. So, I'll be missing our Tuesday morning meeting.
Thanks, and I'm guessing I'll see you on Wednesday morning.
Excuses, excuses. :-) Have a safe trip home.
That meant I had a bonus day in Alaska, which I’ll write about in a later post. The best part about it, though, was that this extra day gave me the opportunity to see the Northern Lights.
It's not every day that you can blame an extension to a vacation on a volcano. Well done! ;)
Sort of reminds me of the time that a baseball game was canceled unexpectedly in Idaho Falls. The paper the next day listed the cause as 'game canceled on account of squirrels'. If that sounds weird it was because it was a night game and some squirrels accidently had a shock and short circuited the main light poles behind home plate. Not as cool as a volcano. :)
The following morning, Tuesday, I again got up bright and early to the news that the volcano had erupted again, and my flight had been cancelled again. So, again I wrote to my coworkers:
Rebecca was concerned about me missing two extra days of work, and so she decided to write a note to my boss and coworkers. As a teacher, she had seen all types of excuse notes, filled with all types of excuses, and she drew upon that experience as she hand wrote this note:
Ummm...I know I used this excuse already, but the volcano erupted again and my flight got cancelled again. They currently have me booked on a 10 p.m. flight tonight, flying home overnight, so I'm pretty sure I won't be back for Wednesday.
See you when I'm looking at you (hopefully sooner rather than later),
To Whom It May Concern:
Please excuse Cindy Conlin from work March 23-24 due to the Mt. Redoubt volcano eruption.
She was not sick.
Her "grandmother" did not die.
And the dog did not eat her plane ticket.
We just didn't count on the volcano erupting . . . and erupting . . . and erupting. (Any future Alaksa trips will be booked via local cruise lines to avoid this problem.)
Thank you for your time and consideration of her work absences.
(English Teacher 1983-84)