Not so fast!
Well, we thought we'd be travelling to Qatar today. Actually, we expected to be at least eight hours into our journey by now, but instead we are back in Mississippi. How do these things happen to us? Apparently, there was a major debacle involving the booking of our tickets by the travel agency. Our tickets could not be issued even after hours of attempts to sort it out with various travel agents and airline personnel...which wouldn't have mattered anyway since the first leg of our journey was cancelled and we were stuck in New Orleans for the night, regardless.
I've been listening to "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" on audiobook lately. In it, Arthur Dent has a line that applies so well to today's situation that it is my new motto:
"I'm sorry, but would it save you a lot of time if I just gave up and went mad now?"