Troubles on your travels? Citing Murphy's Law -- "Anything that can go wrong probably will" -- DeWitt Coffman, managing editor for Living Hospitality magazine, has jotted down a few other "un-understandable laws that some travelers believe govern their lives."
Here are some of them:
Your plane always arrives at or leaves from the gate farthest from the terminal.
Whenever you get to the airport with plenty of time to spare, your flight has been delayed from one to two hours.
Baggage checked in first comes out last, but if YOU check your baggage last it will come out -- you guessed it -- last.
The interesting sights that the plane captain calls to passengers' attention -- like the Grand Canyon or Cape Kennedy -- are always on the other side of the plane.
The "fasten your seat belt" signs in planes always come on while you're in the lavatory.
In a 1,000-room hotel, 999 TV sets work perfectly -- except guess whose.
Hotel maids have passkeys, but only use them to enter your room without knocking when you're in an embarrassing state.
The hotel ad that boasts "only two minutes from the airport" means "if you're fired out of a cannon and have the wind with you."
All waiters and waitresses have 20-20 vision -- except in your direction.
Motel window blackout drapes close -- except the last half inch, which provides exactly the angle at which the 6:05 a.m. sunrise slants into your eyes.
In foreign countries, everybody speaks English except the person you ask for directions.
To Coffman's list of frustrations we'd like to add a couple of our own:
You're among the first to arrive at your motel and all kinds of rooms obviously are available. But the clerk assigns you to a room back in a corner next to the ice machine and soft drink vendor. (Don't let him get away with it.)
On the highway, you dutifully pull over into the right lane when the sign says "Left Lane Closed Ahead" -- and some joker comes barreling past you to cut in at the head of the long, slow-moving line.
Now, add a few of your travel observations and we'll all laugh -- or cry -- together.