From the just when I started feeling good about myself department:
So my plane home to San Francisco is delayed for two hours and I manage to get on an earlier flight as a standby passenger. It's only after I've been sitting on the plane for ten minutes, reading my book, that the steward calls out my last name to say I need to take my belongings and get off the plane.
The reason: The plane load is too heavy.
Despite the fact that I do understand I'm being removed because I was standby, that sort of answer just stings a bit too much.