Most Tuesdays, I get an email from Delta Airlines, listing the fare specials for the next weekend -- from MSP, there are usually five choices -- so I decided that when the list came out on Tuesday April 16th, I'd pick the best of the choices and go that next weekend.
This is how the deal goes: You have to leave on Saturday, which was April 20, and come back either the next Monday or Tuesday.
I was a little worried that my choices were going to be places like Grand Forks, North Dakota or Omaha, Nebraska, but the April 16th choices were exceptionally good: San Francisco, Seattle, Memphis, Washington DC and one other that I now forget.
Memphis, Tennessee: a good option for several reasons. 1) It is the closest and, after all, it's just a long-weekend getaway. 2) The weather forecast for Memphis was perfect, while here in Minnesota it was still cold as hell. 3) Jerry and I could get free hotel nights at a casino just across the border in Mississippi. 4) I'd been in Memphis once before and liked it.
And then I had relatively inspired idea. I called my sister Joan to see if she might want to go with us. She has always wanted to go to Memphis to see Elvis' home, Graceland. She jumped at the chance.
So we booked it..... we were going to Graceland...