Tuesday, October 09, 2007

Suspicions Confirmed

Well, it's officially - I am now certain that American Airlines is trying to give me a nervous breakdown before I change jobs. Yesterday I embarked on my second to the last trip. Arrived at the airport a bit early so I could check email, get a water, etc. There were two gate changes before I could even drag out my computer but at least these were in the same terminal - granted opposite ends, BOTH TIMES, but still the same terminal. The third gate change was not. So the exhausted group headed for the train, changed terminals, walked some more and finally arrived at what we hoped would be our final gate.

We just didn't realize exactly how long we were going to be there.

The plane was a little late, but only 10 minutes or so - no big deal. So they load us all up and we are ready to leave, but we don't leave. Finally, they decide to tell us that the front wheel is broken and they're fixing it. Well, GOOD! I'm thinking we need the front wheel, but was it really necessary to load us up and fix it while we were there?

2 hours later, they let us off the plane to go get food since this was SUPPOSED to be a short flight and there was no food on board. I headed to McDonalds and grabbed a burger. It was officially the time we should have landed in St. Louis. A sum total of 3.5 hours after boarding, the wheel was finally working (at least we hoped), the paperwork was finally completed (and according to the pilot, this took longer than fixing the wheel) and we were airborne.

Once again, I say and mean it whole-heartedly - THANK GOD FOR FIRST CLASS UPGRADES!

The good news is, I had Cheesecake Factory last night with a trainer friend, Todd, who just happened to be training at the same center I am this week. So I guess the day wasn't a total loss. After all, there's no discounting the Cheesecake Factory for fixing what ails you.

I swear, guys, once I come off the road, I'm going to have a whole new life. I might have to come up with other things to blog about. But in the meantime, I figure I've scared you all off of flying on a regular basis. :)


Tori Lennox said...

Oh, I was scared off from flying long before I "met" you. You've just verified all my suspicions. *g*

Wendy Roberts said...

Unfortunately (actually fortunately) I had a divine experience flying cross country to NYC in the summer. I've had lots of bad experiences before but this one almost made up for each and every one of them! I flew Cathay Pacific and I think they spoiled me for any other airline ever!

Jana DeLeon said...

tori - very smart of you to have figured it out before I did. :)

Wendy - just wait. One positive experience does not Nirvana make. :)

Anonymous said...

Do you mean "cheesecake" as in good looking person of the opposite sex, or do you mean "cheesecake" as in yummy high calorie food? I am only six days into my two week Dr. Atkins trial, where one can only have lean meat, eggs, lettuce, and 2 oz of hard cheese a day. Surely, you are not talking about food. Are you?

Jana DeLeon said...

anon - lol, I have to say I've never heard the cheesecake expression in referring to another person. The place I was at is a restaurant called The Cheesecake Factory. It has all gourmet food of almost any variety (and all excellent) and the best cheesecake you could hope for and at least 50 different types.

Anonymous said...

I'm older than you are. I think "cheesecake" referred to pin up photographs (posters) of attractive people, mostly women, in sexy poses. May date back to WWII.

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