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    **** travelling. . . .

    Ok, I'm fed up. This is NOT my night! Several things went totally wrong. . .

    I was supposed to be in Richmond tomorrow morning to do an interview for a contract with a new client, but I guess it wasn't meant to be.

    So, I get out to the airport this afternoon. First problem - I'd heard that they were letting "small quantities" of gels and liquids in carryons (I don't check for one day trips), so I packed toothpaste, deodorant, hair gel, etc. - stuff that, duing the "ban" period, I'd been buying once I arrived at my destination. I get up to security, and I'm running a bit late. Then, they explain what the regulations REALLY are. And this TOTALLY pissed me off - Yes, you can have small quantities of this junk, but guess what? Only if it's in a gallon sized ziplock bag.

    Yes, you read that correctly. You can bring deodorant and toothpaste on an airplane in your carryon, but ONLY IF IT'S IN A DAMN ZIPLOCK BAG!!!!! If it's loose in your carryon, it's taboo. WHAT THE EFFFFING MOTHER EFF is that all about. . . . .

    So, I have to throw out all my junk. They explain that I can run to the convenience store at the other end of the airport and buy a ziplock bag, but I don't have time (or so I think). . . So I toss it in the trash.

    So that was the first thing.

    Thing number two: I get to the gate, and . . . drumroll. . . . . . . the flight is delayed. So I woulda had plenty of time to get that ziplock.

    Anyways, that leads conveniently to thing number three: Drumroll please. . . . . the flight gets cancelled. Okay, this is starting to get REAL frustrating. So anyways, I get on a later flight, connected through JFK. This flight is 3 hours later, so I sit around and stare for three hours (I actually find this pretty relaxing).

    Anyways, the new flight comes up and thing number three happens: It's delayed. An hour.

    An hour passes, and thing number four happens: It gets delayed TWO EFFING MORE hours. Grrrrrrr! At this point, I'm gonna miss my connection in JFK so I approach the agent again. It turns out that NYC is basically totally grounded tonight due to bad storms. So um . . . yeah, you guessed it: thing number five. There's NO way for me to get to Richmond. This flight I was supposed to get was the LAST one available.

    So whatever. I go back home, after sitting at the airport for 4 or 5 hours. I get home, and flip open my laptop to do some work that I woulda done from my hotel to prepare for the interview, which I'll now have to do via conference call, which is nowhere as nice as in person.

    Guess what? Thing six. My laptop can't get an internet connection (I have cable broadband service.) I check things out, and it turns out that the rainstorms have taken Road Runner's network out in this area.

    So, I get my butt back in the car and drive to the office, where I am now. But we're not done yet. Oh no, not quite yet. Thing seven: I flip my laptop back open, and promptly there's a weird noise. Simultaneously, the screen shuts off.

    Yes, that's right. The LCD screen on my laptop died. Dead. Kaput. Pushing up the daisies. It's unfortunate, but luckily I can grab another machine from my lab environment. Still, it's not MY machine, and I have to spend an hour configuring it before I can do anything.

    So, I'm stuck in my office, preparing for an interview that I'll have to do via phone, after spending 5 hours in an airport, and having my laptop die. If anything else happens tonight, I'm crawling under a rock and turning out the lights.

    I needs a hug!
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    Ugh - go home and go to bed. Tomorrow will be better!

    Days like that I sometimes raise my hands and say "SERENITY NOW!!"

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    Why do you hate America?

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    On the bright side, you can lock your office door and do the interview naked!
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    Dam that sucks. Hope the interview goes well tho. I hear you on the airport waiting. I had to fly to Philadelphia from New Orleans, my flight was at 8am and i came at 7, it was delayed so next flight was at 3pm so had to wait 8 hours in the airport.
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    How long does the train take?

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    You Know!? For Kids! jsharr's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by Johnny_Monkey
    How long does the train take?
    If it leaves Chicago travelling at 25 mph towards Train B which left Detroit at 5 AM going twice as fast for the first two hours?
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    The Site Administrator: Currently at home recovering from a couple of strokes,please contact my assistnt admins for forum issues Tom Stormcrowe's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by Johnny_Monkey
    How long does the train take?
    JM, you've obviously never ridden on Amtrak! It can truly suck!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tom Stormcrowe
    JM, you've obviously never ridden on Amtrak! It can truly suck!

    I've caught the train from NYC to Boston, Mass.

    It was slow but we got there ok.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Johnny_Monkey
    I've caught the train from NYC to Boston, Mass.

    It was slow but we got there ok.
    You were lucky!!! Glad to hear you are ok!

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    The Site Administrator: Currently at home recovering from a couple of strokes,please contact my assistnt admins for forum issues Tom Stormcrowe's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by Johnny_Monkey
    I've caught the train from NYC to Boston, Mass.

    It was slow but we got there ok.
    OK, then you have ridden Amtrak! I had the joy of a trip from Kansas to Indiana and it was the worst travel of my life! The train was late and I nearly missed my connection in Chicago. The reasonm we were late is because the train had to wait for a late freight train to clear before it could leave Dodge City, Ks. Even worse, the train station in Dodge City was an unmanned station and had no shelter. I had to wait for the train in the rain and sit outside. Thet could at least build a shelter! They had a huge train station, by the way, but it's a museum that never opens!
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    Thats why I'm going to drive across the country rather than fly the next time I go to Kali.
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    Tom,

    Believe me, Amtrak is often much much worse than that. I went to Kali on Amtrak 6 times. Once we were stuck in the same station for 24 hours for no reason at all. Another time my dad was on the train and it killed a couple cyclists. It got delayed, so they got bussed from chicago. The bus caught on fire.
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