Snatching Debauchery From The Jaws Of Restraint

There’s a meme out there on the world wide webz called First World Problems. From knowyourmeme.com:

First World Problems, also known as “White Whine,” are frustrations and complaints that are only experienced by privileged individuals in wealthy countries. It is typically used as a tongue-in-cheek comedic device to make light of trivial inconveniences.

My wife and I had some first world problems yesterday. After a week of vacation with family, our flight home was cancelled due to bad weather. This forced us to spend time together waiting for the next flight in a crowded airport for eight hours, armed only with iPhones, iPads, laptops and basketball on television. Kids were loud, people smelled a little bit and sometimes the temperature fluctuated from tolerable to slightly less tolerable.

When we decided to have dinner we had to stand in line at the restaurant for almost ten minutes before we got a table. Adding insult to injury, they only had chips instead of fries, a glass of wine was really expensive and the dessert menu didn’t have anything I wanted.

I tell you what, watching other people wait as long as us only to have their flights cancelled at 10:00 pm took a toll on us emotionally. At some points it was even hellish, like how the bathrooms weren’t getting cleaned fast enough. But, you’ll be happy to know that we hunkered down, stayed focus, made some sacrifices and took no prisoners. Our efforts were rewarded, finally, as we did finally make it home in one piece.

– Ben