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I had such a good trip to visit my relatives this weekend that it made up for all the drawbacks in getting there in the first place. Two flights aren't normally this complicated, but thunderstorms in Chicago delayed our Thursday night flight by three hours. We weren't rerouted because our connecting flight was delayed too - but by the time we arrived in Chicago, it was cancelled, and they could only rebook us from Chicago the following evening. I wasn't going to waste twenty-four hours in Chicago when that's not where I wanted to be this weekend. Instead, they rerouted us onto a two-hour-delayed flight to Dallas, where we arrived at 1:30 in the morning. We had four hours for sleep, resulting in what is probably the highest-per-hour rate I've ever paid for a hotel room. The flight in to our destination left early, and arrived on time, although without luggage, which they promised would be delivered later that day. It wasn't, and, after a second night with no change of clothing available, we were desperately glad to find it had arrived in the early morning on Saturday. Happily, the trip home was uneventful.

Arkansas has spring with a vengeance, after Toronto, where there are snowdrops finally in bloom. The daffodil crop was past its peak, but there were pear trees and so many other plants in glorious bloom. We ate so many good meals, duck, monkeybread, pies, muffins, strawberries, and one of the best sandwiches I've ever had, at a place called Charlotte's. I caught up with relatives I hadn't seen in a long time, and with their cats. I saw some beautiful landscaping jobs, some in progress, some complete. I saw frogs and I saw an otter (or maybe it was a mink - I'm not sure). The weather was beautiful, pleasantly mild, somewhat humid, and everywhere we went, we ran into friends. It was a good trip.


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Mar. 29th, 2004 07:31 am (UTC)
it souds to me like you were flying American, what with Dallas and Chicago connections and all. I figure Chicago to be a roll-of-the-dice when it comes to weather.

I'm glad you arrived, despite many many setbacks.
Mar. 29th, 2004 07:37 am (UTC)
Indeed I was flying American. I usually try to avoid flying through Chicago in the winter, but I figured it was post-winter enough to risk it this time, especially in the name of competitively-priced tickets. Alas, the thunderstorms had other things to say about the subject.

At least I had my toothbrush with me, so it wasn't all bad.
Mar. 29th, 2004 07:39 am (UTC)
I suppose. I try to avoid Chicago in the summertime, actually... although Dallas isn't any better (this is when I'm doing my cross-country thing). I usually check the weather in Chicago before I fly, then (if it's bad) demand to be rerouted at the airport.

What day are you leaving in April? I'll be arriving Wed night.
Mar. 29th, 2004 07:44 am (UTC)
I'm leaving Thursday. I need to book the tickets, but I wasn't planning on leaving until the afternoon, depending on what flights are available. We could do breakfast on Thursday or something like that, if you had the time. (Or Wednesday night, depending on when you're arriving then.)

I'll get the tickets this week and then I'll know my schedule for that day better.

We tried to get rerouted, but our second flight had been delayed enough that they thought we could still catch it when we got to Chicago, so we didn't protest enough.
Mar. 29th, 2004 07:46 am (UTC)
I'll be in Toronto by 6:30 pm, but I don't want to make you go out the night before you're meant to travel. How far are you from my hotel?

I've got meetings all morning on Thurs.

Let me know once you book your tickets.
Mar. 29th, 2004 07:55 am (UTC)
Going to campus is no big deal. Actually, now that I've looked at my calendar, I can assure you that I'll definitely be in a pub somewhere near campus at the time you arrive, since from 1-4 that afternoon is the PhD Latin exam, and there is inevitably a pub trip afterwards. (Eeek! Latin exam!) C. has a mobile and he generally comes along, so we can work something out - you never know when airline flights will be late, after all.

Your hotel is right by campus, and about 25 minutes by transit from home for me.
Mar. 29th, 2004 08:36 am (UTC)
Hmm. Forgetting your toothbrush is not nice. I speak from very recent experience...
Mar. 29th, 2004 09:00 am (UTC)
What is this "spring" of which you speak?
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