I could have gone -- Jerry wanted me to -- but I just couldn't handle the uncertainty.
You see, Jerry once again has these Delta "buddy fares" for cheap airfares, the downside of buddy fares being that he has to fly standby, which maybe isn't a problem getting on a flight and maybe is.
So he asked James, my 20-year-old nephew, to go with him, and James, who has never been much of anywhere, snapped up the offer, but -- hey -- standby was made for 20-year-old adventurers and kids at heart, like Jerry.
Tomorrow -- hopefully -- they fly off to Europe for two weeks, destinations not totally known. Depending on which flight they get on first, they will either fly direct to Amsterdam or direct to Paris and from there, who knows? They are traveling light with no hotel rooms booked yet and Eurailpasses in their backpacks and the continent of Europe at their feet.
They will come back with stories -- all of them good, I hope.