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I am so on my own

Daiv and Lauren are flying to Florida today, for two days, then to Ohio, also for two days so, I iz on my own until Saturday when they fly back home.

Thing is...
Their flight was for 6:30am today -- which would've put them into Orlando at 4:00pm, nice, right? -- so, we were up at 4:00, out of here by 5:00 and I had them at...

...the newly renovated Mineta San Jose International Airport
 
 
by 5:30am.

So...Delta calls the house at 7:30 -- I naturally was thinking them well on their way by then -- saying that there's been a delay in San Jose until 10:00 -- which will put them into Orlando at 11:30pm because they now have this totally outrageous 4-hour layover in Salt Lake City.

WTF???

I call Daiv & Lauren and we discuss it.
I'm like -you know your flight has been changed, right?
Daiv's like -yeah something's up, mechanical problems or...somehting, but, we're just sitting here...
I'm like -maybe you guys should go look at the big board or talk to someone at Delta or call the one eight hundred number or SOMEthing, right?
Daiv's like -yeah, okay.
And so, life as we then knew it, remained the same.

So...Delta calls the house again at 8:00 saying that instead the San Jose flight will leave at 12:30 -- 5:30am to 12:30pm, 7 hours and they won't have even gotten off the freakin' ground -- with now only a one hour layover in SLC which will put them into Orlando still at 11:30. By the time they get to the hotel and checked into their room, it'll be around 1:00am. This after getting about 3 - 4 hours sleep last night.

Daiv & Lauren call and we discuss it. They're staying, I'm not going and this is BSC stupid.

Thank you for listening and, if you have the time, you might want to sending them some good, good ,good...good vibrations.

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fansee
Aug. 8th, 2010 05:29 pm (UTC)
Air Travel
Last year I was flying to Boise, ID via (I think) Minneapolis. I get to the airport, and they tell me to go back home: the flight has been cancelled because of weather. I tell them that is totally unacceptable, that I have to be in Boise TODAY because I am joining friends tomorrow for a road trip.

Delta called around and after a lot of back and forth and trundling between terminals, I ended up flying to Boise via BOSTON on U.S. Air. I didn't get into Boise until almost midnight, and I was limp as a dishrag when I did, but they did do something for me.

Fwiw. FanSee
gaeln
Aug. 8th, 2010 09:40 pm (UTC)
Re: Air Travel
You have to get uppity with these guys, they won't just do the right thing without a fight. I'm glad you stood your ground. I'm pretty sure mine are going to be limp dishrags too by the time they get to the hotel but, they are on their way so...all is good...finally.
fansee
Aug. 9th, 2010 12:57 am (UTC)
Re: Air Travel
So glad that they are finally airborne! They've paid their dues, now everything should go smoothly. *fingers AND toes crossed*

Thank for letting me know. FanSee
gaeln
Aug. 9th, 2010 05:50 pm (UTC)
Re: Air Travel
Lauren called last night @ 1:00am their time wired out of her little mind, no dishrag she, limp or otherwise so, they're fine. Thanks for your good thoughts.
shadownyc
Aug. 8th, 2010 05:42 pm (UTC)
OMG! What a crazy fiasco.
gaeln
Aug. 8th, 2010 09:35 pm (UTC)
Right? I told Daiv that maybe this was the universe's way of getting all the stupid stuff out of the way at the get-go so the rest of their trip could be stellar. He could only agree. I've heard nothing else so...*fingers crossed*
arwensong
Aug. 8th, 2010 06:19 pm (UTC)
I would be going completely nuts at this point, not that going nuts does any good. I hope that Delta is offering compensation in the form of free flights, free food, college educations....
The last time my husband flew with my daughter alone cross-country, they got stuck in Chicago due to some idiot making a "joke" about blowing up the plane because of disgruntlement over how the Cubs-Phillies game had gone. Mind you, he was a Phillies fan, going home with Phillies fans, so the threat was more than stupid, it was illogical too. (Drunk is as drunk does). But they had to empty the plane and hold everyone while the bomb sniffing dogs went through. BR and the Princess were en route from California, and she is diabetic, so the several hour layover, in the middle of the night when all the food vendors were closed was not a good thing. She was having a low sugar, he couldn't get her food--and the security people were all cranky.

Princess liked the dogs though.

At least they are giving you updates. It is worse when all you get is the online message that the plane is delayed and you don't know why. But--this is eating up their whole time in Florida so it sucks big time. I'm sending good thoughts and vibrations their way. Hope all goes better for the rest of their trip.

Arwen, sending those good, good, good, good vibrations--and cupcakes
gaeln
Aug. 8th, 2010 09:31 pm (UTC)
what a story!! I'm just glad the Princess came through all that ok. Well, and BR also, of course. And, seriously, that guy must have felt like such an ass. At least we can hope.

I will send the ggggv's along to them and save the cupcakes for when they get home.

Yeah, right!!
lastglances
Aug. 8th, 2010 08:03 pm (UTC)
salt late international is such a lame airport to get stuck at, haha. but wow, this is like when cantresistgale came to visit me a few years ago. she had a layover in denver for several hours and her flight home ended up including several hours in a few airports.

*sends as many good vibrations as i can*
gaeln
Aug. 8th, 2010 09:25 pm (UTC)
'*sends as many good vibrations as i can*'

I know that on some innate level, Daiv and Lauren are aware and would thank you if they could. I've heard nothing else so at least I know they're finally on their way.
herefordroad
Aug. 9th, 2010 04:51 pm (UTC)
g, airport is very nice with interesting architecture. i know the flight story for daiv and lauren was aggravating, but seriously, i can top it..i've slept in airports, overnight (twice), and you can't imagine what an airport is like with stranded passengers and no cleanup crew for the lavatories at 5:00 AM. oh, and no food or drink because everything is closed in the middle of the night! i hope they have a great time once they get settled.

jeannie
gaeln
Aug. 9th, 2010 05:35 pm (UTC)
It was just the 'Daiv' factor, generally he doesn't deal well with these kinds of situations plus the fact that they sat in an airport only 20 minutes away for 7 hours. They did finally arrive, Lauren called me @ 1;00am their time and they were just then checking into their hotel. And I've already heard from them this morning so, yeah...all is good.

I've only once been stranded in an airport over night and that was in Europe, I no longer remember which country. There were alot of us and, honestly, I don't remember it being that bad, maybe things stayed open, not sure. I am sorry you had to twice, can't of been good experiences even if, obviously, they were memorable.

it's nice to see you.
flashfly
Aug. 10th, 2010 07:19 am (UTC)
Most of the time, I'm pretty luck with my flights but when they suck, they tend to really suck. Hopefully, they're all rested now.

That airport is gorgeous.
gaeln
Aug. 11th, 2010 05:45 am (UTC)
'That airport is gorgeous.'
it really is, something finally worthy of Silicon Valley. The building with the hands, all of local people, is a parking garage, how cool, I think.

they made it by 1:00am when they checked into their hotel, only 8 hours late. they spent today at Harry Potter whatever at Universal Studios so, yeah, pretty cool.
flashfly
Aug. 15th, 2010 12:42 am (UTC)
How did they like the HP park? I want to get there before the end of the year.
gaeln
Aug. 15th, 2010 01:26 am (UTC)
'How did they like the HP park?'beyond'
beyond crowded, an hour and a half just to get into the park and around 40 minutes/ ride. Other than that though, they had a great time. I think Lauren's greatest thrill may have been drinking butter beer and pumpkin juice. From the pics and vids,, the place looks amazing. Hope you make it and, when you do, I expect photos.
flashfly
Aug. 15th, 2010 01:31 am (UTC)
Yeah, I'm leery of the crowds. I want to go on a rainy day in November or something. You will get photos, if I go, I promise.
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