This is my 10th week/trip to Houston since January 23rd. And in this, my 10th week, I have finally become elite. I now have the priviledge of boarding the plane early, getting good seats, going through the fast check out line. Not only am I elite with Continental, but I am also a Starwood Gold Preferred Guest now. That means that I get plates of cookies and/or fruit waiting for me when I check into the hotel every week. You may not share my excitement about elite status, but when you have to travel every week, the little comforts and conveniences of being elite are quite important.