Wednesday, March 17, 2010

The Epic Voyage

I'm finally home; it's been a mental workout trying to arrange travel the past couple of days. Between torrential rains on the east coast, and Spring Break, it was impossible to get a flight on Sunday because of flight delays, cancellations, and overbookings. On Sunday I tried a couple flights; on Monday I tried four more, and was turned away from each of them. Finally, instead of non-revving (which normally wouldn't be a problem - at least, nothing like this), I bought a ticket - at not a bad price, although I had to change planes in Denver and Washington, D.C. The first plane (SLC --> DEN) departed SLC a bit late, and arrived in DEN a bit late, but my connecting flight was three gates down, so I made it. Flight number two (DEN --> IAD) took off more than two hours late, causing me and a slew of others to miss their connecting flights. United put us up at a really nice hotel with a shuttle to and from the airprt, though (which I would have enjoyed more had I not been so tired, and arrived and departed in darkness), gave us a voucher for food, and rebooked us on flights for today. It was this last flight that went the smoothest.

I wish I didn't have to leave; I would I could have stayed in Utah, but I was getting a bit twitchy from missing class (I had to cancel Monday's class when it became obvious I wasn't going to make it home in time) and not being able to take care of things at home.

I always wondered how the whole voucher thing worked; with all the flying I've done throughout my life (having flown to Europe, across the States, and up and down the Eastern Seaboard vI'm finally home; it's been a mental workout trying to arrange travel the past couple of days. Between torrential rains on the east coast and Spring Break, it was impossible to get a flight on Sunday because of flight delays, cancellations, and overbookings. On Sunday I tried a couple flights; on Monday I tried four more, and was turned away from each of them.

Finally, instead of non-revving, I bought a ticket, although I had to change planes in Denver and Washington, D.C. The first plane (SLC --> DEN) departed SLC a bit late, and arrived in DEN a bit late, but my connecting flight was three gates down, so I made it. Flight number two (DEN --> IAD) took off more than two hours late because of mechanical issues, causing me and a slew of others to miss their connecting flights. United put us up at a really nice hotel with a shuttle to and from the airprt, though (which I would have enjoyed more had I not been so tired, and arrived and departed in darkness), gave us a voucher for food, and rebooked us on flights for today. It was this last flight that went the smoothest. I always wondered how the whole voucher-and-standby thing worked, though. I've been flying places nearly my entire life; I've flown to Europe, across the States, and up and down the Eastern Seaboard, all a bunch of times, but I've never been put up at a hotel for such a reason. And I've never flown standby because of a missed connection. Quite an experience.

I wish I didn't have to leave; I would I could have stayed in Utah, but I was getting a bit twitchy from missing class (I had to cancel Monday's class when it became obvious I wasn't going to make it home in time) and not being able to take care of things at home.

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