Thank You Thursday

With everything that went on over the weekend with our dog, Cebu, apparently I missed the weather forecast for Monday. I attended the City’s Scott Miracle-Gro 1000 garden dedication wearing a Spring dress and no coat, and thanks to the cooler temps and strong winds, nearly froze! Nearly froze, that is, until Ric Luber, President and CEO for Midlands Authority for Conventions, Sports & Tourism arrived!

Dear Ric:

Just when I thought chivalry was dead, you proved it was alive and well by lending me your jacket at the Monday’s garden dedication! Without it, I don’t think I would’ve been able to stay for the event. Next time there’s an outdoor news conference, even in April, I’ll be sure to pay attention to the forecast. (Guess every day can’t be Famously Hot!) Thanks for being such a good ambassador not only for Columbia, but for Southern hospitality, too!


Mary Pat

Thank You Thursday

The idea for today’s heartfelt thank you actually came last Thursday night when I returned from four days in Wisconsin. It’s always a great sight to return to Columbia to find my car ready and waiting right outside of the airport.

April 12, 2012

Dan Mann
Columbia Metropolitan Airport
P.O. Box 280037
Columbia, South Carolina 29228

Dear Mr. Mann:

On behalf of rushed and weary travelers everywhere, I’d like to thank you for the valet parking at Columbia Metropolitan Airport and also commend valet parking employee Barbara for her friendly and helpful demeanor.

Not only is airport valet parking uniquely hospitable, it’s the only way I can catch my flight! It seems that no matter what my departure time, I’m always pushed to get there. I rarely arrive the recommended one hour ahead of time, and I’m always worried that I’ll miss my flight. With valet parking, I just pull up, drop off the keys and rush to the terminal; I haven’t missed a flight yet!

On the flip side, I’m never on time coming back to Columbia, especially if my layover is in Atlanta. Most often, it’s after dark, and I’m worn out from my trip and a long day of travel. It’s always such a treat to walk out and see my car waiting, and with a cold drink of water, at that.

As for Barbara, she always greets me with a smile and takes extra good care of me, no matter how frantic I am. I know, too, that she is a big part of the Airport’s recycling program, which boasts the best looking bins on the East coast, probably the entire country. She is a jewel, and I know you’re glad to have her.

The Columbia Metropolitan Airport almost makes air travel fun again – keep up the good work!

Mary Pat Baldauf