Originally Posted by Gibonius
...ouch. I think this story needs elaboration.
My wife and kids left to visit her family for several weeks. I was to join them about 10 days later. While I was busy with a product launch, the dates didn't register in my brain somehow. I had everything packed and was waiting for the limo when my mother-in-law called, and I was pretty annoyed that she would be bugging me right before I left with such a stupid question as "Where are you". She called my landline, it should be obvious where the hell I am.
Well, it turned out that my wife and father-in-law had been waiting for hours at the airport for my arrival. They finally asked the airline to check the manifest and it showed that I hadn't boarded either plane. My wife at this point was afraid I was dead, and she, having no access to a mobile (this, a time before they were omnipresent) called MOL with great difficulty, who in turn called me.
I rushed to the airport and the BA ticketing agents were able to wrangle me a seat on the next flight out (the one I thought I was flying). They were also gracious enough to do so at only the cost of a changed ticket rather than forcing me to pony up a full-fare price. They were very amused at the sight of such a sorry and stupid family man, I think.
To this day, my wife and M-I-L call me the day before and day of my flights.