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NEW RUMLEY, OH After weeks of planning and preparation and eager anticipation, Charles Hyland made it to the airport last Monday, ready to leave on his week-long vacation in San Diego. Upon arriving at the airport, he checked in at the ticket counter and left his luggage in the able hands of the airline representatives. Then he sat down to some Pizza Hut pizza, a cup of Starbucks coffee, and a Cinnabon cinnamon roll as he waited to board the plane.

Finally, it was time to board. He handed his boarding pass to the flight attendant and took his seat next to a talkative young man and his young wife, who were traveling with a screaming child.

And, as Hyland and his flight companions departed on a long and noisy flight to San Diego, Hylandís luggage headed off on a vacation of its own.

When Hyland landed in San Diego, he waited at the baggage claim. He waited patiently by the carousel as he watched golf clubs and baby seats and small farm animals in cardboard boxes pass by him. He waited for his luggage, wanting nothing more than to be able to pick up his rental car and head to his hotel. But there was no luggage to be found.

After hours of chatting with the friendly young woman at the airline counter, Hyland discovered that his luggage was headed for somewhere in the Hawaiian Islands. And Hyland was headed for the local Wal-Mart to buy enough clothing to get by until his luggage arrived in San Diego.

Little did he know that it was going to be a long wait.

Every few hours, Hyland called the airport. And every few hours, he was informed that his luggage was nowhere to be found.

A week later, on this past Monday, Hyland boarded the plane back to Ohio, still without his luggage. His vacation had been an endless string of phone calls and rainy days, and he still had no idea where his clothes were.

Upon returning home, Hyland checked his mail. In his mailbox were several post cards from a number of locations around the world, including Hawaii, Cancun, Costa Rica, and Paris. Each of them included a type-written note, saying something like, ďHaving a great timeóhope youíre enjoying San Diego.Ē

Hyland still hasnít been reunited with his luggage. He does, however, continue to receive postcards on a regular basis. And heís beginning to suspect that his luggage has no intention of returning to Ohio.

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