I had a bunch of miles that were expiring soon and with an open invitation from Gourmet Pigs to come out for a visit, decided to do just that for my birthday since I hadn't gone on a big trip in a while. Five days after I booked my flight, she received a media invite to Sacramento to tour a cattle ranch.
Could I change my ticket?
Not without incurring a hefty change fee. Plus, I wanted to go to the Keene Pumpkin Festival that weekend.
Would I mind if she went? She could leave her car for me if I wanted?
Well, sure, in that case, that actually worked out better because I could go up to Salem and spend time with second-oldest nephew.
Evidently, Salem is more happening than I realized. Since my flight came in late, I Googled around for some options and saw that The Lobster Shanty was open until 1 a.m.
Doh! October. Salem. Witch trials. Halloween. It's Salem's high season.
According to the T-shirts, which said, "The Lobster Shanty -- warm beer, lousy food, surly waitresses, rude bartenders, cranky cooks," I think it's supposed to be a dive, but service and food were just fine.