Thursday, July 24, 2008
OK… It is Wednesday late afternoon. The phone rings. It is an automated attendant from American Airlines. It says “Please hold for information regarding the cancellation of your flight!” – What the??? No!!! After an hour on the phone I find out that they had weather issues and the plane that we are supposed to be on on the morning will not be in San Diego in the morning. Nice…
They tell us that instead of going through New York we are now going to Boston then on to London. OK, no biggie right? Then they tell me that they want to put us in the back with the regular people. You know that I don’t like to sit with the regular people. Do you know that they use plastic utensils back there? No hot fudge sundaes and free spirits. They went to work to find some alternatives. They ended up routing us through Dallas. Hey! I have dodged hurricanes before, no sweat! If all goes well we will be on a nice long flight on a 777 from DFW to London. We get in an hour later but still have time to get to Dover and the ship.
Let us see what the morning will bring.
We got out of San Diego OK. This diversion worked out well because today there was nasty weather in Boston and New York. Dallas was awesome. We had to spend a couple of hours in the Admiral’s Club in Dallas. The Flight to London was fully-booked. We managed to keep our Business Class seats. The Business seats on a 777 are incredible. Your set of two seats are in a pod. You are completely isolated from the people in front or behind you. The seat can lay all the way flat like a bed. Dinner was very good and the service was flawless. I managed to sleep for a couple of hours and Mary doesn’t seem to have any trouble sleeping. The route is funny because from Dallas you head north over Ohio, Toronto, near Iceland and then into the British Isles. It doesn’t make sense until you look at a globe.
Oh, Mary is making me out myself because I always make fun of her. In Business they give you Bose noise-canceling headphones to use. They are very nice. I was unable to get mine to work. They have a real nice entertainment system. I finally plugged in my ear buds and they worked. OK, I must have a bad set then. Just as I was trying to get the Flight Attendants attention Mary said something like “Hey Dork, did you try turning them on?” You all know that this was just a test for Mary, right?
The sun is coming up and we are 1150 miles from Heathrow Airport.