But the week of database testing went well as evidenced by the 2-hour wrap-up session ending after 35 minutes, the weather was nice (or at least not unpleasant until today), and I'm now hoping for an uneventful flight home.
But, alas, it was not to be....
2:05 scheduled departure time. A pilot announces that a line ruptured (or something) in the tail, and must be replaced. They are trying to find the part: if they have it, it will take an hour to replace. Or they will go borrow the part from another airline, then ditto.
2:15 Part has been located. Departure scheduled for 3:00. Earlier repair estimate seems to have been pessimistic.
2:50 Last bolt is going in, then they will run the engine to see if it leaks.
2:54 Starting boarding. Airport TV continues news of tornados in Tennessee--we look to be in for a bumpy flight.
3:28 We're taxiing, no. 2 for departure.
3:30 Stop! Traffic hold into Atlanta. We are expected to be allowed to take off at 3:57. Plane engines are off: electronic devices are allowed: we sit on the taxiway.
3:55 or so, we actually took off.
After that, it was pretty smooth. We were above the storms or maybe went around them, for it wasn't bumpy. We landed at 8:50 EDT, almost exactly 2 hours late...could have been much worse.
I was well entertained by His Majesty's Dragon, which is Napoleonic Wars (naval) with dragons. Hits my love of Horatio Hormblower and fantasy in one. I think it's time to grab the book and a glass of milk and retire to bed...