I took my coffee to the gate and patiently sat, sipping that black nectar of the gods whilst patiently awaiting my turn to board the MD-80 bound for Chi-town. At 7:30, a brusque female gate agent announced that boarding would begin soon. Like lemmings, we all stood and gathered in the boarding area, listening with rapt attention for our group number to be called. I'm in Group 2, so my group should be the second one called I figure. Oh wait, I forgot about the Executive Platinum members, and the Gold Card holders, and the One World Ruby and Sapphire members. Six groups board, each with a slightly less ostentatious metallurgical or geological designation than the last, and we are finally to Group 1.