And the Saga Continues…

Ok… now that I had a decent night sleep, and an amazingly good breakfast at Ruby’s Diner in the Newark airport, I can continue the story from last night… Ultimately, it was the weather to blame, but United at points helped things along… and I wasn’t the only one…

As noted, we got to Newark at 10:30 pm… And the flight to Edinborough wasn’t leaving until 11:04 (actually didn’t leave until closer to 11:40)… So there are 5 of us standing in the front of the plane that need to make the flight… all the others have boarding passes, I have to get one… The reason we didn’t get out right away was because it took them 10 minutes to get the ramp right… yep… never saw that before… Anyway, I got off and checked at the gate about my pass… and was told that I wasn’t on the flight… ??? (even though when the plane touched down I got an email that said I was, and the flight was delayed until 11… So I ran to the gate (obviously the furthest point away… you thought it would be close…?) and checked… and yep… the girl told me that I had been bumped at 10:32… So then one of the SDI (travel agents for the trip…) started working on it, but to make the next hour short, nothing worked… Another couple going on the Cooper trip actually got screwed over worse… they had been sitting there for 4 hours waiting, and had boarding passes, and were still bumped… But best of all was the couple that had been sitting there, with first class tickets, and got bumped… Now they finally got on, but had to go coach… all for the low price of $7000 each… The girl from SDI offered to give me her ticket, but United wouldn’t let that happen…

So then after the plane closed, we started trying to figure out what to do… Interesting thing was the girl at the desk was a total jerk, and just didn’t give a shit about anything… Anoer guy that was there wasn’t much better… until we got two supervisors over… then he changed for the better and became very helpful… the girl… not so much… She even told her two supervisors at one point that she would only do one more search, then she was leaving… Blew me away… I made the comment that she must be union… which was right…

But the other two supervisors did the best that they could… even though the shitty female counter person told us we would be on our own for a room, the supervisors came through and got us rooms for the night… Not the greatest, but at a Doubletree and at 1:30 am after all the nonsense, it wasn’t that bad… So off to the hotel, off to bed, and a good night rest until noon today…

Checked through security, found a United counter, and to my delight, I got a boarding pass for a 7 pm flight… and on the way to the gate, I met another guy that I knew that was on the same plane… So we have spent the last few hours talking and doing emails and texts… Only a few hours to go… finally…

Getting There Is Half The Fun

Ok… quick update… on the way to Newark (finally…) at 9:45 pm… that’s right folks, the flight hat was supposed to leave Dulles at 4 did leave at 4:30, but then sat on the runway for over an hour and then went back… but fortunately, after standing in a huge line to get to United customer service for a half hour or so, they announced that the flight was back on… Good thing is that the original booking on a 7:55 flight to Edinborough got changed to a 9:45 flight, which got delayed until 10:35… Whew… But there are at least 5 of us on this little prop plane that is bouncing around in the weather that are hoping that we can make it to the next flight on time… if not, things go south quickly… no flights out tomorrow at all that we know of…

So I’m crossing my fingers, and we will see what happens in the next 15 min or so… and I really don’t want to sit in Newark all night and all day…

(a few hours pass…)

Instead of being in a plane over the Atlantic, I’m in a crappy hotel room in Newark… to damn tired to type the story now… look forward to the explanation tomorrow…

(btw… screw the title…)

Off to Scotland…

Hmmmmm… I really didn’t know that it was almost two years since I wrote anything… Not that there has been that much going on… lol… (okay… If you know me well enough, you know that the last year a lot of things changed… But we won’t go into any of that now…)

So anyway, here I go again, off on a trip to Scotland (courtesy of Cooper Tire) Going to be staying at Gleneagles, which I haven’t been to since 86 or 87, never can remember which… Right now I’m sitting in Dulles drinking a Bloody Mary and waiting for the second leg of my convoluted trip… Harrisburg to Dulles to Newark to Edinborough… And no, I didn’t plan that one… Travel agent apparently took me too literally when I said I didn’t want to fly out of Philadelphia… (My second least favorite airport in the US, second only to JFK…) I didn’t mean through, just didn’t want to start there… Whatever… At least it gives me time to sit sweating in a hot bar in Washington/Dulles and type this…

So far so good though, although I found out how expensive it was to have a bag 5# overweight to check through, along with a golf bag… Although the guy at the counter did ask if I wanted to take anything out, which I declined since I didn’t want to lug a heavy carry-on around all day… But now I feel like an idiot since as I am typing this I realized that I could have just transferred a few things to the golf bag and saved a chunk of cash… Oh well, that’s what I get for not being a good traveler when I’m by myself…

So I get to Scotland around 8 am, (3 am EST, which is all that I’ll care about at that point…) Might just take a nap at the airport and wait for Skippy to show up a few hours later, as he did fly out of Philadelphia… Instead of 13 hours in airports, he only has about 8…

So hoping for not to much rain, and at least one round at St. Andrews… Lots of friends to catch up with, and at least it won’t be hot… Should be a blast…