November 22, 2011

Travel Day - It's Fun!

Our mutinous fellow passengers at the fabulous Spokane Int'l Airport. Oh, what a crowd.
I'm currently perched on a high top table in Portland's very clean but dreary airport, watching all the travelers go by and every few minutes renewing my thanks that I'm not actually outside in Portland, as it looks like a swampy mess of torrential downpour.

I have been up since 3:30am this morning, and if everything had gone according to plan, we'd just be arriving at my Aunt's warm house in CA. We'd have landed in SF, taken the train to the rental car desk, received our car, and driven the 1.5 hours to Cameron Park. Matthew would have slept, I would have driven, we would have been listening to Christmas music.

But alas, that would have been just too perfect. This morning we arrived at the airport with ample time, checked in, avoided serious feeling up through security and boarded our flight. Just as we were taking off, like the plane was pointed towards the sky, the engines shut off and we proceed to land, hard. "Uh, this is your co-captain...we've received an error message and we're heading back to the gate.....we'll let you know what's going on when we find out....thankyouforyourpatience."We were all kicked off the plane and forced to race our fellow passengers to the ticket counter to see who would actually be getting on a plane today. After a long process (United reps are arrogant and condescending, Southwest reps were nice and had suckers) we got our flights - with a delay, and an arrival in another city. Not what we would have preferred, but as I'm trying to embody the spirit of Thanksgiving - I'm thankful we got a flight!

Two hours later Southwest shuffled us on to a new plane, one that I not-so-secretly hoped to be working.
The weather wasn't great, so I was a little nervous about the "Chop" - a term our pilot lovingly used about 100 times. "There's going to be a bit of Chop on the way up, and we may have some chop during, and be prepared for some Chop on the way down into Portland...The flight attendants won't be able to leave their special harnessed seats to serve you as the Chop is going to be a problem. On a completely unrelated note, please make sure to review the safety card located in the seat pocket in front of you in case this plane is shaken so badly that it falls from the sky."

I have to say, MAJOR props to those of you who live in Portland. Especially those of you who fly in and out of Portland. This is my third time here, and each time the flight has been terrifying. Today's flight did not disappoint! And don't just assume I'm a total wimp - when big burly manly men scream out in fright as the plane shudders and jolts, you know it's bad.

So we're here. Portland isn't really where we'd like to be, but I really am thankful that 1.) We did not crash and die and 2.) That we were able to get flights out, when a lot of people couldn't. Silver lining: when I'm crazy nervous I knit about 5 times faster. This infinity scarf will be done by days end!

All crankiness aside - have a WONDERFUL Thanksgiving everyone! I hope your travel plans go smoothly and that wherever you end up that you're surrounded by good friends, loving family and yummy food. :)

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for this - I wouldn't have thought about the fact that I need to be thankful I'm not traveling this year for Thanksgiving. Best of luck with your next flight!


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