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the hammer of the travel gods, part two.

ugh. i cancelled the last leg of my trip due to catching a nasty head cold during my trip. so instead of going to l.a., i came home last night from minneapolis. i'm sure everyone on my flight was super happy to have a sniffly, sneezing, hacking, nose-blowing guy on their flight.

on top of getting a cold, i think this trip could qualify for the Most Number of Aggravating Delays and Mishaps award. i won't bore you with all the details, but here' a peak at how unsmoothly things went; it started with an hour delay at o'hare followed by a circling logan for an hour due to the airport being shutdown on account of a snowstorm. after circling and circling and circling, it was decided that it was time for an emergency diversion to the hartford bradley international airport in hartford, connecticut, since we were running low on fuel and it wasn't entirely clear when logan was going to reopen for business. the captain made it clear that he was leaning towards dumping us off at harford and either putting us up in a hotel or getting a bus to boston. at this point, it's around 9 p.m. EST and i've already got 4.5 hours of travel time invested in trying to get from grand rapids to boston.

but alas, it looks like all the planes that landed before us have depleted harford of all its busses, rental cars and hotel rooms so there's no room for another plane load of people. i don't know if that's good news or bad news. i do know that it has taken 2 hours to come to that conclusion, since we are updated of the problem at about 11 p.m. EST.

in case you're wondering, they never did let us off the plane.

so we're going back to boston, which means that the plane needs to be de-iced and refueled. naturally, one of the de-icers runs out of de-icing fluid because they didn't plan to de-ice so many planes. of course, the other de-icer gets a clogged nozzle. de-icing takes a long time. we finally take off around 12:00 a.m. EST and land in boston at 12:30 a.m. EST, which means it took about 8 hours to get from grand rapids to boston.

as i sit in the shuttle to the hotel, i notice that my head feels funny and hope that i haven't caught a cold.

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12/17/2003 06:26:00 PM 0 comments


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