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Travel fun...not

I set off from Atlanta on a flight that left about 1 PM, headed to Tucson via DFW. It was the DFW part that made things interesting. Rain moved in while we were in the air, and we landed 30 minutes late. Then there was the long taxi at DFW, and a slow de-planing as I was in the last row (giving me the lovely treat of sitting in front of the bathroom door, where the people in line loom and lean over your seat). Did the O.J. dash through Terminal E to my gate, arriving there 5 minutes before scheduled departure (3:30 CDT) to find no activity--the plane, a regional jet, is there, but the crew is not.

So, we wait there for maybe 30 minutes until we get a crew and they start their preflight. We load, maybe 20 people in a 50-passenger jet, and wait. This time my seat is across from the bathroom door--gee, I get to hear and smell all. The very friendly pilot tells us (after 15 minutes or so of waiting) that the gate agent asked if he would wait for a flight that has 15 people for our flight on it, and as the outbound traffic is all stacked up anyway, he agrees. But that plan is abandoned when that plane gets put in a holding pattern, and we taxi out to wait in line for the one west-bound route that's clear of storms. Oh, I did manage to move away from the bathroom when it turned out that the plane would only be half-full.

All in all, we left 2 hours late. During that sojourn in Dallas, my suitcase was apparently put out in the rain, and turned to make sure that all sides got wet--luckily, stuff inside was just slightly dampish. And the suitcase itself has nicely dried out overnight in the desert air.

I'm hoping the week improves from here...


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Oct. 26th, 2004 04:14 pm (UTC)
Good luck!
Oct. 26th, 2004 04:41 pm (UTC)
I'll speak with the Mother Ship and make it give you a good week.

I'm just SE of Tucson, on the other side of Tanque Verde Ridge--waving in your direction.

Are you going to fit in WFC this weekend?
Oct. 27th, 2004 04:12 am (UTC)
Somehow I thought you were more in the northern part of the State. Did you get some rain today? We got a good shower, with thunder and hail. A number of the Arizona employees rushed from their offices to go look--us out-of-State visitors kept talking, as rain is not An Event. Looks like it was about half an inch on campus.

I gave WFC a brief thought when I realized that this meeting would put me so close at the right time, but I was on the road last week too, and I need a quiet weekend at home. I'm not an enthusiastic traveller, generally.

Oct. 27th, 2004 11:49 am (UTC)
Unless things have changed a lot since I left there (which is quite possible), it's actually easier, cheaper and less stress-inducing to fly into Phoenix and hop a shuttle bus to Tucson. I suffered several hellish trips to Tucson with lots of bizarre changeovers in odd places (being trapped for 4 hours at 2 in the morning in Las Vegas was particularly annoying) before someone pointed out the Phoenix option to me.
Oct. 27th, 2004 01:22 pm (UTC)
It's been a few years since I travelled to Tucson, but this was the worst time I've had of it in maybe 7-8 trips. I am glad I have a direct flight home on Friday, though!
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