Returning to San Diego was a complete 180. I requested, and was granted, an upgrade to First Class for my leg from Pittsburgh to Denver. I didn't have enough miles to get even a coach roundtrip ticket, but it was enough to treat myself to the upgrade. Unfortunately, I didn't make the cut for First Class continuing on to San Diego, but all small children aboard were adequately entertained and it was a smooth ride all the way from there back up the chain to the bus and Coaster.
The car, the cat, and the apartment are all in one piece. Back to work as usual. I wonder what Christmas will have in store.