Paris, I hardly knew ye

As I wrote earlier, the last couple of weeks were just too busy to post much here. I’m still clearing the blogospheric backlog. I thought I’d vent a little here, and let you know, dear reader, the extent to which I was busy, lest you think I’ve neglected 7WD.

I turned down a free trip to Paris.

There, I said it. I don’t usually “win” things. I don’t gamble, so that takes care of most potential winning opportunities. However, a couple of weeks ago, I entered a contest. I’m an avid reader and occasional commenter over at, the hangout of travel junkies. They had a simple offer: send us an email, and you might win one of 20 tickets (likely to be business class) to Paris. And these weren’t just completely free tickets, they were tickets for the first flight of OpenSkies, which begins premium service to Paris this week. By winning, I received a ticket for this Thursday, returning Sunday. So why didn’t I say yes?

Well, for one thing, I would have had to leave early from the Episcopal Life Media Board of Governors meeting this week. For another, I had to arrange lodging in Paris for two nights. While I know someone who lives in Paris, it seemed like short notice to crash, and a decent hotel was going to be around $200, minimum. (This is thanks to the falling dollar. I thought Republican presidents were supposed to be good at this money stuff.) Finally, I would have missed a Sunday at Christ Church. I’m ordinarily a fan of taking ALL of my vacation, but this is not the time.

So, sadly, I’ll be reading about the first flight of OpenSkies from home. I’m glad I don’t believe in karma, because this way I can hope that I’ll win another contest with a significant prize someday. I can trust that I haven’t jinxed myself by turning down a free trip. Thanks for listening.

(P.S. You don’t have to feel too sorry for me. I’ve been to Paris a few times, including a great trip in 2006. Check out the photos, one of which is the Eiffel Tower image shown here.)

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2 Responses

  1. Ann says:

    Too bad Scott – you could have gone to church with the Bush family!

  2. Susan Carpenter says:

    ahhh -we have something in common – I had a free trip offer to Taize last month, but turned it down due to family and church obligations …sigh. And of course, it was the right decision – darn it!

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