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Home safe and sound, but not uneventfully 
15th-May-2007 10:59 pm
Travel: airplane silhouette
Well, plumtreeblossom and I made it home, despite two delays and a quite serious sprint with our carry-on bags to a different terminal in Philadelphia to discover that our connecting flight had left and we had to go back to the original terminal to get on the next flight.

Our checked luggage has not made it home, and had not made it to Logan several hours after we landed. (plumtreeblossom needed to go to an event at theatreatfirst, so she grabbed a cab while I tried to find our luggage.) It may yet show up, but I am *ahem* displeased.

Suffice it to say that I will endeavour to avoid US Airways in future if possible.

In the past, I’ve mostly flown American, and they’ve had good coördination between ground and air about connections, and they’ve handled the case where a plane with a large number of people making a specific connection was delayed very well. Also, in the one case where I couldn’t find my luggage (which wasn’t their fault — another passenger with similar baggage had walked off with it), they gave me a meal voucher so I could get some food while I was waiting for them to try to track it down.

There are some good things I can say about how US Airways handled our troubles on the way home: A flight attendant whom we asked for connection information reseated us in aisle seats near the front of the aircraft so we could get off very quickly (which didn’t actually let us make our original connecting flight, but was probably instrumental in our managing to get on the flight we did make, so we were an hour and a half late rather than two or three hours late), and the person in baggage services we filed our tracking request with was very sympathetic and polite. Oh, and another person working in the baggage area gave us useful advice.

Anyway, our time in Vegas was great! It was excellent to see sionnagh and for her to meet plumtreeblossom, we had a couple really excellent and shockingly inexpensive meals among many very good and quite reasonably priced meals (reminder to self: eat at the Caravan Café at Sahara again next time), we had lots and lots of fun, and subtracting the money we spent on the casino floor from the money we won on the casino floor, plumtreeblossom and I both came out a bit ahead, which means the casino paid us $15 or so to sit and entertain ourselves for a couple hours and drink free strawberry daiquiris. (We spent most of that couple hours at video poker machines that advertised a better than 100% return; I think they’re loss-leader machines. But they brought us free drinks there all the same.)

We also got to see the Star Trek Experience at the Hilton and a really impressive aerial silks performer at Circus Circus as well as nifty aerial work as part of the Bite show at the Stratosphere. And we rode the monorail to the other end of the Strip and saw the impressive exterior of the MGM Grand and sat and had a very pleasant time on the patio of a bar in New York, New York and, um, I’m sure there’s lots of other stuff I’m forgetting. Like the toothbrush story; I’m definitely forgetting that.

Oh, and I won singing stuffed chickens for plumtreeblossom and sionnagh and myself at Skee-ball at Circus Circus. (That’s another reason I hope our luggage is found.) sionnagh’s is named Tandoori, plumtreeblossom’s is named Pot Pie, and mine is named Cordon Bleu.

Pictures may follow in a few days. (Fortunately, I pulled the memory card from the camera on the theory I might look at pictures on the plane. Unfortunately, the camera itself is in my checked luggage.)

All in all, it was a fabulous trip and we had a wonderful time!

[EDIT: We saw the smoke from this forest fire in New Jersey from the air. It was impressive.]
Comments 
16th-May-2007 10:27 am (UTC)
Fingers crossed for your luggage! Cross-airport dashes are never fun. It is in my experience that when you have an eight hour layover, the next plane is at the gate next to the one you come in on, and when you have a ten minute layover, it's at the last gate of the terminal three down from the one you're on :P
16th-May-2007 11:21 am (UTC)
Thanks!
16th-May-2007 10:47 am (UTC)
I love you, sweetie. Thank you so much for your above-and-beyond efforts to get our luggage back last night. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that we do get our bags back eventually.

(This morning I found out that I did get cast in the play, so at least the rush to get back for auditions wasn't in vain.)
16th-May-2007 11:17 am (UTC)
(This morning I found out that I did get cast in the play, so at least the rush to get back for auditions wasn't in vain.)
Yay! So happy to hear that! Love you!
16th-May-2007 11:10 am (UTC)
US Air lost my luggage a couple years ago on a return trip from Canada. I had stupidly put my car keys in my checked baggage too, so that made for all kinds of fun complications. After I had given up all hope it was delivered to the door about two days later.

Vegas is great! Bevin and I stayed at Circus Circus when we went. I could have stayed in the hotel the entire weekend and still had a great time. Did you go to the Mirage? That was Bevin's favorite. They had crab legs and Newcastle on the buffet! when we win the lottery we'll book a room there.
16th-May-2007 11:20 am (UTC)
Oy! Did you at least have a spare set of keys somewhere?
Did you go to the Mirage?
No, we didn’t end up stopping in there.
Bevin and I stayed at Circus Circus when we went.
That’s where docorion and sionnagh and I stayed last time we went, and I think plumtreeblossom and I will stay there next time we go, on account of much more stuff to do than just gamble.
16th-May-2007 01:27 pm (UTC)
I had to ride my bike up to the dealership and have another key made. Fortunately Vern was the one who had driven to airport, so I didn't have to deal with getting my car home from there. That would have been far more difficult.

Mirage has an enormous aquarium behind the front desk that has lots of weird sea creatures in it, and if I'm not mistaken ht ehotel also has a dolphin habitat and a volcano in it.
16th-May-2007 01:57 pm (UTC)
Coming back from Scotland on Useless Air, my luggage arrived about 8 hours behind me - at 2:30am. Fear not (not much, anyway).
16th-May-2007 03:05 pm (UTC)
I'm sorry to hear about the connection and luggage adventures; that's no way to end a great vacation! I hope your luggage turns up soon.

But I'm glad to hear that otherwise, you had a good time.

Skee Ball, huh? I suck at skee ball, but I love playing it anyway. Maybe someday we can go play together at some place around here.

*hug* Welcome Home!
17th-May-2007 02:21 am (UTC)
Skee Ball, huh? I suck at skee ball, but I love playing it anyway. Maybe someday we can go play together at some place around here.
That would be fun! The only place around here that I know of that has Skee-ball is Canobie Lake Park, but I definitely want to get there sometime this summer.
*hug* Welcome Home!
Thanks!
16th-May-2007 04:06 pm (UTC)
I hope your luggage arrives soon. In most cases it's recovered within 3 days. Once I was returning from a vacation and after a day, I started calculating how much money I could get from them if they lost my bag. But 3 days later they found it.

Something funny: For whatever reason, I found this site where they reported on the airline lost luggage statistics in various months. There's this very intriguing entry in some months, detailing lost pets. I had this sudden thought of pets disappearing into the luggage vortex, showing up in Japan when they're supposed to be in New Mexico, etc.

Reality's far more mundane - turns out all the lost pet incidences all involve the pet escaping from the cage and then getting lost. (But then just think, dear Fluffy escaping on the tarmac and running wild among the airplanes....)
16th-May-2007 07:21 pm (UTC)
There was a cat living in the parking garage at the airport I work at for over a year. I have to wonder if someone hadn't lost him.
17th-May-2007 02:18 am (UTC)
Thanks! Our luggage has been found.
Something funny: For whatever reason, I found this site where they reported on the airline lost luggage statistics in various months.
I’d be amused to see that, if you still have the URL.
(But then just think, dear Fluffy escaping on the tarmac and running wild among the airplanes....)
Or Ssssidney ssscaring the ssstaff!
16th-May-2007 07:04 pm (UTC)
that's too bad about the bags. I hope you guys get 'em back soon. would the vacation still be worth it if they were lost for good? depending on what you had in them, that might even end up working out better. i bet you get free plane tickets or something. :-)
17th-May-2007 02:12 am (UTC)
Yes, it would still have been worth it if they had been lost for good, but fortunately they weren’t; they were delivered this morning.
i bet you get free plane tickets or something. :-)
Not from US Air, I’m sure. They might have given us a voucher for a free sandwich on a future flight, maybe, or extra pretzels. :-)
17th-May-2007 02:59 pm (UTC)
ha ha ha. 1 extra pretzel per lost bag. :-)

glad to hear you got 'em back though
16th-May-2007 07:20 pm (UTC)
We probably just missed each other. Eor and I were on our way back from South Dakota, also on U.S. Airways, and also had stupid trouble with delays, missing the flight we'd been scheduled for, etc. Ended up sitting in Philly from before 10AM to after 2PM.
17th-May-2007 02:19 am (UTC)
Yup. I think we were originally scheduled to land in Philly around 2:45 (but ended up landing around 3:30).
16th-May-2007 11:24 pm (UTC)
I'm glad you both had a wonderful time, and hope your things turn up soon.

Not the first time you've had this particular luggage experience, as I recall. Do you remember Bob's Limousine service doing the 120 miles round trip from Peoria to deliver baggage that lingered?

17th-May-2007 02:15 am (UTC)
Thank you! Yes, our things turned up soon.
Do you remember Bob's Limousine service doing the 120 miles round trip from Peoria to deliver baggage that lingered?
Now that you mention it, yes!

sionnagh and I also had our luggage take a detour to Cape Town when we flew to Durban. And a couple trips ago when I had an overnight layover in Los Angeles on my way to visit her in Hawai‘i, my bag disappeared. That wasn’t the airline’s fault, though; somebody else on that flight had an identical bag and he took mine. I fortunately got it back before my flight out the next morning.
17th-May-2007 08:21 am (UTC)
singing stuffed chickens? i have to know more! (there's a good reason for that, really.) :)
17th-May-2007 12:51 pm (UTC)
They are stuffed chicken puppets, white with yellow beaks and feet and very soft and fluffy. The hand opening is in the back; it’s just barely too small for my hand (I can get my hand in, but it’s some work). They are about six or eight inches tall. They have a velcro closure in the butt so you can get to the battery compartment. There’s a little electronic sound box in the beak, and presumably a button of some sort, such that each time you close the mouth it makes a tone; the tone cycles through the notes in several songs, so that as you repeatedly open and close the beak, the chicken plays (clucks?) the notes in the songs. The songs are “Bingo”, “Ring around the rosie”, and one or two others along those lines. I couldn’t find any on Froogle or orientaltrading.com, unfortunately.

They were the lowest prize available in the Skee-Ball game, for 230 points, if I’m remembering correctly.
Now I want to know what your good reason is!
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