An Inauspicious Start

by Ginger on May 20, 2011

in Day in the Life, I'm a Disaster

Well, my trip didn’t get off to the most auspicious start. Let’s count down the things that happened, shall we?

  • The plane that was supposed to be my connecting flight was struck by lightning, which meant we got delayed until they could get us a new plane.
  • When we finally got on that plane, we got delayed by a broken windshield wiper. At this point, we’re more than 2 1/2 hours behind schedule.
  • Up in the air, the pilot comes on and announces: “There are two big storms up ahead. We’re going to try and fly between them, to avoid the weather, but it’s going to mean we’re going to hit some rough turbulence. Please take your seats, and DO NOT attempt to get up and walk around. Please put all small items away and secured. Again, DO NOT be tempted to unbuckle your seatbelts until we turn off the sign, because this is going to be very rough. Flight attendants, please sit down now.” Yeah, we all kinda looked at each other over that one. And yes, we hit some pretty rough turbulence. Not the worst I’ve been in, but pretty close. This happened 3 times during the flight.
  • When our flight finally arrived, and I was able to get my luggage, it was soaking wet. SOAKING. Most of my clothes were wet, as was all my makeup. I’m guessing it was left out on the tarmack in Denver while we waited for the new plane. I feel like I should complain, but…for what? It’s water. Nothing got ruined. It’s mostly annoying.
  • When I finally collected my luggage and went out to get a taxi, the taxi line was about 100 people deep–and there was maybe, MAYBE 1 taxi every 3 minutes, until about 30 minutes later someone finally got some taxis out to La Guardia. I’m still dumbfounded that it took me an hour to get a taxi at a New York airport on a random Thursday night in May.

Luckily, despite the fact that it was 3am local time before I got to sleep (had to deal with all that wet clothing) and that I had to be up at 8am this morning, I’m in good spirits today. I’ve got some free time today, a little more tomorrow and then all day Sunday free. I’ve got a corner room with a view of Times Square (not my favorite place in the city, but it does look pretty from the high floors) and an internet connection. I’m catching up on emails while it rains, and am going to go have lunch at one of my old favorites shortly. I got to Skype with my boys already, and we may do it again later. Maybe I got all the bad travel juju out of the way yesterday so the rest of my trip can be smooth sailing.

Yup, that’s the one I’m going with.

KT May 20, 2011 at 10:24 am

Oh boy that does NOT sound fun. Here’s hoping the rest of your trip goes a bit better!

2girlsonabench May 20, 2011 at 10:39 am

Wow that sounds like a travel movie! Here’s to a chilled out rest of your trip!

Amy (frugan) May 23, 2011 at 2:53 am

Oh God. My plane was hit by lightning once and it was insanely scary. Everything feels okay until the stewardesses put on their seatbelts.

Hope you have a great time in NYC (say hello for me) and a totally uneventful flight on the way home.

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