Getting by With a Little Help from My Friends

It was the Wednesday before DragonCon. I work staff and I drive to Atlanta on Wednesday after work every year to help set up and do last minute organizing and set up for the con. The last couple of years I’ve struggled to get a hotel room and I finally managed to find a hotel room in a great location. Someone at the con had an extra room and didn’t need it. I spoke to them and they added my name to their reservation. A month before the con I called to verify everything was good and the hotel verified that my name was on the reservation. Now it is Wednesday before the con and I find the hotel and go to check in. My name isn’t on the reservation. I verify that the other person’s name is still listed but I have the front desk double and triple check the reservation. I even message the owner of the reservation but I’m sure there’s no way she’ll get the message in time.

Now, here I am in downtown Atlanta with no hotel for the con. I’m not going to be able to find a hotel and this is going to be a right pain. No place to stay for the night, no hotel for the convention, I’m well and truly in a bad place and starting to stress out.

Fortunately I’m able to make some calls and find a nice hotel for the night. I find a place called Hotel Indigo in Midtown Atlanta and settle in to the lobby to make some calls and figure out what to do. They’re too far from the con (a 4 mile walk each way through a rougher part of downtown) to make it work as a place to stay for the weekend but it will get me through the night. The front desk manager sees I’m in some distress and he works with me to get me checked in for the night. His calm demeanor and reassuring personality go a long way to helping me rally and focus. They also had a small bottle of wine and some snacks waiting in the room when I got there. I don’t know if they do that for all the guests or they did it because I was stressed out but it really made my night. I cannot recommend that hotel enough. And, yes, that night I gave a highly positive review on Trip Advisor.

That solves my problem for the night but I’ve still got the rest of the weekend to worry about. I call a friend of mine who might have a rabbit up his sleeve and let him know what is going on. He tells me he’ll call me back after he can make some calls. I settle into the hotel for the night, start powering down and drinking the wine. Within an hour he’s found an available room in the area. I’ll check in tomorrow night and he’s got my name on the reservation. I thank him profusely and start making my preparations for tomorrow.

While we may like to think of ourselves as independent and capable, there is only so much that each of us can do on our own. We often need to rely on those around us to help pick us up when we’ve fallen. The friendships we make through our life are all relationships of give and take. When our friends need us we are there for them. We help them out as best we can and always look out for their best interests, even at the expense of our own wants and needs.

In my experience, I always try (I can’t promise I’m always successful though) to put far more into a relationship than I ever get out. I want only the best for the people around me and I want to give far more to those around me than I ever hope to need. I trust that the people around me will be there on the off chance that I need help and I’ve never been disappointed.

One of the great joys in my life has been all the people I’ve met and befriended. They come from all walks of life and all different backgrounds. We may even disagree on many things but they all know that if they ever need anything they just have to call or message me and I’ll do everything I can to be there for them.

Again, I’d like to thank the people who came to my aid in my time of need. It made all the difference in the world. They know I owe them a great debt and I have before and will continue to do everything in my ability to take care of them should the need ever arise.

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