I’m Back!

I just came back from Lawrence Ks, where I grew up. The journey home was a slight Odyssey. The problem happened when we went into Detroit. The airline that I was flying (Delta) had parked all their airplanes in front of the gates, and since some flights were delayed by a storm down southeast, there was no gate for my plane to disembark. It took them an hour to move a plane so that we can have a gate, and by that time we had landed. My connecting flight to Philadelphia was so long gone that it was no longer in the computer system. I was then directed to the C2 Gate, which had a long line that as not moving. The first thing they want you to do is to scan your boarding pass. It said that I needed to pick up a phone that said help desk. But all those phones were occupied by people who obviously had been on hold an awfully long time. I looked at the departures and saw a flight to Allentown (about 100 miles from where I live), so I dashed for it. I talked to the lady there – and she was not authorized to give me a boarding pass to get on that flight. She sent me back to C2. As a I went back from C30 to C2 there were plenty of gates with people with computers not doing anything, but I had to go to back to C2 with a long line that wasn’t moving. The line hadn’t moved in the 20 minutes it took me to go to the Allentown gate. I then went to another gate, and the guy gave me another boarding  pass for an 8:45 AM Sunday flight, the next day. I asked him if I could get a hotel l room and he said that he was not authorized to give that to me, but I might be able to get it at C2. So I went back to C2. The line had not moved. So I  decided to go to dinner. I ate supper – and spent $20 on a mediocre meal. I then went back to C2 gate. The line had moved. There was only about 5 people to go. So I waited for them to go – while I was waiting, a guy from the same flight I was on told me that he had gotten the same 8:45 AM flight to Philadelphia and a hotel room. As I was waiting, the lady at the C2 gate waved me down – so I went over to her. She told me that I did have enough time to catch my flight, but that I could get a hotel room for $58. I told her that was totally unacceptable because I did not have enough time to catch my flight. She sent me back to C2, which she said was her supervisor. I went back to C2, explained my situation, and he did give me a free hotel room at the Hilton Garden Inn. By the time I got to the Hilton it was 9:30 PM. They were very nice, but they were surprised that I did not have vouchers for meals as well as a free hotel room. When I explained that I was on a Delta flight, they understood. The hotel room was very nice, and I got to watch Al Pacino play Jack Kervorkian on a HBO special movie. It was very good, but not as nice as being home with my wife, Gretchen.

I did finally get home at around noon on Sunday.

I have been twittering quite a bit – and then I have all my twitters forwarded to my facebook account where they get commented on by my most loyal friends. The problem with this system is that I am limited  by 140 characters, and a lot of my thoughts are more than 140 characters long!

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God Bless,




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2 responses to “I’m Back!

  1. jan Bgart

    glad you are safely home. last year pamela & miel got stuck in philadelphia! maybe our families are destined to connect on goofed up flight connections. grrr…

    well, i am sorry i did not know about your situation. we would’ve happily put you up or at the least had dinner or come by for a visit. nonethless…glad you are home to your fab fam!

    much love,


  2. Jan,

    I would have loved to see you in Detroit! But it did all work out, so I am glad I am home with my beautiful wife and my creative son!


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