Navy Man makes it home despite weather
December 30, 2004
Last weekend’s unsettled weather caused havoc to holiday travelers across the country. It was a tough time to travel with hundreds of flights canceled and thousands of people delayed or stranded and worried about their lost or “misplaced” luggage.
Lost baggage wasn’t Garrett Wanket’s big concern. He just wanted to be home for Christmas. This was his first leave since he joined the Navy last summer, and he was ready to go. His Nuclear Power Training Command School in Goose Creek, S.C. closed down for Christmas. There had been a lot of tedious studying and now it was finally time for a break.
Wanket, 18, graduated from Douglas High in June. He was anxious to see his old friends again, but most of all his family. He called his mother from the Charleston Airport and told her there would be a two and a half hour delay before leaving to Detroit due to stormy weather. When it was finally time to take off, a very kind Flight Attendant took pity on the young sailor dressed in his military uniform. She moved him up to first class, which was a real treat for him.
He called again when he landed in Detroit. He had bad news. There was no flight available to Reno. He went on the Internet and found a seat to Minneapolis. Things were starting to look good. He’d be home in time for Christmas! But then it happened again, as he was delayed in Minneapolis and was told he would have to spend the night there before he could fly to Reno.
Sailor Wanket was determined. He somehow found an open seat on a flight to Sacramento. Once again he called home with a new change of plans. Mom would meet him in Sacramento on Christmas Eve in the middle of the night. While boarding the plane, he met another sailor that had just graduated from boot camp.
After Christmas break, he too would be assigned to the same Nuclear Power School as Garrett. He lucked out again! Another cute flight attendant bumped them both up to first class. There are some comps when you travel in uniform, and you meet a lot of nice people too.
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Even with all the delays and no clue in which city his luggage may have landed, Garrett was thrilled that he would be home in time for Christmas. As his 4-year-old “computer literate” little sister said, “I’m happy that Garrett didn’t get deleted!” We are too.
Wild Horse Update: It’s not too late! The Wild Horse Summit is being held today from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Fandango Casino in Carson City. It will also take place tomorrow from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. There’s not much time to organize a public protest to repeal recent legislation that allows the slaughter of thousands of wild horses and burros as soon as Jan. 15.
Wild horse advocates are encouraged to attend this seminar. There is no charge and Country Western Artist/Wild Horse Activist, Lacy J. Dalton, will be playing music at today’s meeting.
There’s another important meeting this week regarding the wild horses in Fish Springs. It will take place this Thursday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Fish Springs Volunteer Fire Department. Stop by and see what’s happening with our Fish Springs neighborhood horses.