Alas, my HHonors Blue Card arrived in today's mail. It mentions that "Your travel this year has earned you Blue status..." Wow! "Earned?" And so, The sun rose in the east this morning, and will likely set to the west. My coffee this morning was hot. I had a breakfast, then I had some lunch. I'm currently having a bottle of Crystal Geyser Very Berry Flavor Sparkling Mineral Water. I'll go out to dinner tonight. I have no idea when I'm next staying at a HH property, but I didn't have any needless HH mattress runs in the past year, and my bank account thanks me. My next HH stay won't have an upgrade, nor a free breakfast, unless I stay at a Hampton Inn. I probably won't wave my Blue card around with a DO YOU KNOW WHO I WAS tantrum at any front desk. My self-esteem has not been crushed, my ego is the same size, and no important body parts have suffered shrinkage. And that is a reflection of my first day with a Blue card in hand.