He’s a little annoyed, but he has been to that airport many times, and so he knows there is only one place to get his suitcase. He runs through security again and down the escalator. Finally he reaches the baggage claim area and sees his bag on the belt, only it has been completely emptied of all its contents.
Just then a short, stout woman rushes toward him and clutches the purse on her shoulder. “My purse! My sunglasses! My airline tickets!” she screams in a shrill voice. The man walks over to her. “It’s okay, lady,” he says with a note of irritation in his voice. “I’ve been through this before.”
“But it’s my bag!” she says.
“It is?” he asks, confused.
“Yes, I saw it on the baggage carousel.”
“No you didn’t. You were looking at your purse,” he says matter-of-factly. “You have no idea what happened to your bag.”
“Well, maybe it was just delivered,” she says in a huff. “I’m just not looking that closely at my purse these days.” She grabs her purse and turns to go. “Nice knowing you,” she says and scurries away.

hyatt house sterling dulles airport north
hyatt house sterling dulles airport north

The Hyatt House Sterling Dulles is a three-minute walk from the airport and offers easy access to the Washington, DC area. The hotel has an outdoor pool, hot tub, 24-hour fitness center, and complimentary WiFi. Guests can also find local dining in the off-site restaurant or Starbucks.

It is only eight o’clock in the morning, but he has been up nearly twenty-four hours. He has a three-hour drive to Baltimore and he has been awake for almost forty-eight. While driving east on I-68, he finds himself consumed by thoughts of what could have happened in that room: his job, his life, his reputation. In the midst of his anger, he feels like banging his forehead against the steering wheel.
His job is supposed to be protecting and serving the American people. The problem is that he has, over vast stretches of time, failed miserably to do so, and his career has suffered for it. He knows that he is not the only agent in Washington who has become disillusioned with his job. There are too many, though most remain silent about their feelings or simply find ways to compartmentalize them. He knows that even within his own agency, there are those who question whether or not he has the ability to do the job. He doesn’t know why it is that he keeps stumbling – falling – into failure and disaster.
In Washington, D.C., the evening news stories are the same every night: a terrible accident, a young girl assaulted while walking home from school, a domestic dispute that reaches lethal proportions. But the stories are always set in Washington and Maryland, where he has just spent the last eight hours, and they almost always involve victims his age or younger.

hyatt house sterling dulles airport north
hyatt house sterling dulles airport north

The man’s skin is dark, like coffee. The only thing worse than a fat Mexican man at a breakfast counter is a fat Mexican man at a breakfast counter who speaks with a strong Jersey accent. The man is going on about the quality of the food and how he should be compensated for his inconvenience.
“I am sorry, sir,” says the counter worker, “but we do not give refunds. You are more than welcome to contact customer service to see if they will send you vouchers.”
The customer takes his plate of food and throws it back down on the counter, shouting in Spanish while gesturing wildly with a clenched fist. The man’s jowls are oily and he has a shaved head and no neck. He has a dark beard, which contrasts with the pale skin on his face.

hyatt house sterling dulles airport north
hyatt house sterling dulles airport north

The Hyatt House Sterling Dulles Airport North is a boutique hotel that provides easy access to nearby attractions including Washington Dulles International Airport and the metro station just outside of the property. The hotel has an outdoor pool, hot tub, 24 hour fitness center with on site yoga classes twice a week and complimentary WiFi. Guests can also find local dining in nearby restaurants or Starbucks.

In the elevator, he misses his wife. He would like to talk to her in person, but the idea of talking to her on the phone seems even more agonizing. He tries to arrange a time when they can talk, but he knows she will be sleep deprived and irritable. Her anger is like a small, invisible viper that finds new ways to bite him at every turn. Sometimes his wife would accuse him of being condescending or self-centered or cold even though it was just she complaining to complain.
It is a ten-minute walk from his hotel room to the restaurant, but he doesn’t mind. There’s plenty to see in the Hyatt House Sterling Dulles Airport North. The soft golden light of the hallway reflecting off of white walls and dark hardwood floors make him feel just like home. It’s really quite exquisite that a hotel close enough to an airport could feel so peaceful and luxurious. He feels like he could come here for months and never leave.

hyatt house sterling dulles airport north
hyatt house sterling dulles airport north