Monday, December 7, 2009

$1000 win, 7:38 a.m., & 48 lbs. later...

Statue on Yal-Ku lagoon as taken by GJ

It was months ago when GJ mentioned to me that he'd never taken a vacation with someone other than family.


I may not be the wealthiest of people but I insist on going somewhere at least once a year. My favorite vacation spot is the Mayan Riviera.

One night, as I rambled on and on about the beauty of the area, he mentioned something about how he'd pay if I planned a trip for us.

"Don't even joke with me," I said to him on the phone that night, "because I'll have an itinerary in your inbox within the hour."


The next Friday evening, as I drove back to Louisiana to visit my Gentleman Jack, he texted me: "I have a HUGE surprise for you."

Grrr... I have a love/hate relationship with messages like that.

At his house, he escorted me to his bedroom and had me lie down on the bed with my eyes closed. (I was fully clothed.) He told me to imagine being on the beach, hearing the sounds of the ocean waves, feeling the breeze through the palm leaves... and I felt something raining down over me.


That day, he had stopped by a video poker machine at his local hang out and threw $50 in just for fun. He won $1000 and our vacation was paid for!


Gentleman Jack's passport was expired and he sent in for a renewal 2 months before our trip. Two weeks before the trip, he received a letter from the passport office saying that they thought he had another passport already. He had to fill out yet another form and send it back in. From that day on, he was calling every day to find out if it had been processed or not.

"In processing"... that's all we heard for 2 weeks... even after GJ paid another $100 to have it expedited.

On Wednesday, the day before our trip, he had still not received his passport. We were still being told that it was "processing" and they had no idea where it was.

I was - OMG, I'm not sure stressed is the correct word - and I was already looking at how much money we would be losing by canceling our vacation at the last minute. Then, out of the blue, a girlfriend sent me a "positive thinking" message and I remembered, "Things will work out."

Someone close to us suggested we contact a senator's office to have them call the passport office on our behalf. The senator's office called my Gentleman, told him they had the passport tracked down and put in a Fedex overnight envelope to my house. It was supposed to arrive by 8 a.m. the next day.

We had to leave my house by 8:15 a.m. to catch the flight.

Gentleman Jack packed his bags and drove to Dallas the night before. I waited to pack until that night and we settled into what would hopefully be a good night's sleep. We were both resigned to the fact that it would either work out or something else - something better - would.

His passport arrived at 7:38 a.m.


We drove to the airport filled with absolute giddiness. That is, until we realized that Gentleman Jack's suitcase might possibly be over the 50 lb. weight limit for luggage. We might have to shell out another $75.

We looked at each other and smiled. "Things will work out."

The weight of his suitcase?

48 lbs.


The weather forecast for the entire length of our trip to Mexico was scattered rain and thunderstorms.

We had perfect, gorgeous weather with clear evenings and a beautiful full moon that hung over the ocean painting the entire scene in black and white...


I could write story after story you're-never-gonna-believe-this luck for Gentleman Jack and I. I love being in a relationship with someone who also believes in the power of intention and faith. Maybe there's something to be said for taking leaps of faith together.

After all, our entire relationship is based on it!

I do believe that things happen for a reason and I try to allow them to unfold as they're supposed to.


I hope I never get over being surprised when things work out.


  1. I have the biggest smile on my face. First of all, what a great joy to be in love and what an even greater joy to be able to make memories like that with the man you love!

  2. That's awesome. :)

    CBG and I have noticed that things often work out for the two of us, as well. It's amazing what positive thinking can do....

  3. BEAUTiful finish! That made me grin... :)

  4. In a world of rain and dark depressing bullshit, that blog is pure sunshine. Love it!

    I think we all need to have our faith restored in karma every now and then, even if it's through someone else's blog! :-)

    So glad you had a meaningful trip :-)

  5. So happy that worked out for you! Ex and I had that same problem with her passport before our honeymoon. We were booked for Fiji. Problem is that she's a UK citizen and they couldn't have cared less that it was late. We rebooked to Hawaii at the last minute. There, things didn't work out. Should have taken that as a sign :) Welcome back.

  6. Of course it worked out. YOU deserve it! :)

  7. I can relate to your agony about the passport. I went to see my family in Cuba two years ago and had to 1) Renew my Cuban passport and 2) Get a U.S. passport... I sent for both about 6 months before the trip. The Cuban passport (which has to travel to Cuba and get an approval stamp) was ready within 2 months, and the US one was still traveling in limbo 2 days before my trip. Thankfully we have a passport office in Miami (there's only a few in the US) and I camped there for 2 days with my dad, under the rain, making lines, filling out forms, almost begging to get my passport. The day of my trip I still had no passport... after a lot of stress and a tear or two, I finally got it with 30 minutes to get to the airport and get on the plane... and let me tell ya, tickets to Cuba are non-refundable, non-exchangeable, non-negotiable, and really expensive. It was quite an experience.

    But I'm glad your getaway worked out perfectly. I'm sure your positive attitude and faith played a big part in everything turning out for the best. =)

  8. T, I'm really glad that not only did the passport issues work out, but that the rest of the trip appeared to work out for you two, as well.

    ...still want pics, though.

  9. I'm glad you explained the title of your post- I saw it in my reader and was really confused trying to figure it out!

    I'm so glad that you and Rascal had a great time.

    Pictures? ;-)

  10. Glad you guys had a good time!! *hugs*

  11. T! That is amazing!!! Everything happens for a reason, and I'm so glad everything fell into place exactly when it was supposed to. your trip sounds amazing!!

  12. How awesome :) Sounds perfect T!!!!

  13. Yay! You're back. And you had an amazing time. You give me hope. Thank you...

  14. Positive thinking and intention in action. Love it!

  15. Add me to the big smiles. Love it.

    And I sure hope we get to hear a Part II on the trip....

  16. No one is asking an obvious question: What man needs a 48lb suitcase for a weekend at the beach??

    Hey anon: Why don't you target your comment to the deadbeat dads around the world? How do you propose fixing a society that "allows" single motherhood?

  17. Ha! B, I was wondering when someone would pick up on that!

    He'd packed warm clothes in case his passport didn't get to us in time and we didn't have time to pull 'em out before we went to the airport!

    Turns out, it was cool at night in Mexico so they came in handy.


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