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On shortish notice, and with the help of a rather cool last minute… - Musings of Unayok

2007 Jan 20

23:21 

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On shortish notice, and with the help of a rather cool last minute package, I found myself in Norfolk, VA last weekend to visit with draconi. While it was good to visit him, there was lots about the trip that I hope to forget soon.

I doubt I'll ever fly United again.

The outbound flight wasn't so bad, really. US Customs was a total breeze. Sometimes I think that there is actually a flag on my file that says "Mostly Harmless" or something. Arriving at Dulles was okay. That's about as far as the luck held.

The next flight (to Norfolk) went out from the same gate... on the same equipment. Different crew and flight number. And the crew was delayed due to the ice storms in Kansas and Oklahoma, etc. Which isn't really United's fault, I guess. But it was still a 45 minute delay.

I got to Norfolk, and contacted Ozzy. He was going to be a few hours later becoming available than he thought. Meh, I could work with that, just wanted to get my luggage and get to the hotel... oh... no luggage. It was still in Washington.

For those not paying attention: my luggage was on the plane. It had 45 extra minutes to make it from the plane, back onto the same plane and it still didn't make it. The United staff was... very... relaxed about the whole thing. "We'll get it to you eventually" was pretty much their attitude.

As it turned out, I got it approximately 24 hours after I arrived, and only about 16 hours before I was due to leave back for home. Stellar work, United!

I'm also glad I took some time to familiarize myself with the google maps of the area... because, even though I was at a major hotel in town, the cabbie had absolutely no idea how to get there. And didn't pay attention to the road signs indicating construction and closed exits either.

Still, the time in Norfolk with Ozzy was kinda cool. We've both been in funks lately, and it was a good opportunity to try to cheer us both up. In that respect, it was probably only slightly successful. The various logistic problems caused issues. Still, he's a good pup.

Random humorous moment: as is not uncommon no matter where I am, I got mistaken for a local, and got asked for directions not once, but three times.

The trip back was far too early in the morning to worry much about anything. It went... more or less smoothly. Except that Total Security Asshats managed to ruin my luggage getting a bloody zip strip off of it so they could investigate the... nothing terribly interesting... that was inside. Well, okay, it's not ruined, but might not be useable on my next trip.

Doctor's appointment after I got back; trying to track down the reasons for the fatigue I've been under the last few months. I've had a number of thoughts about it, including being related to the depressive episodes, or possibly allergies. None of them seems to match really well, though. Second round of blood tests; this round had some scary items on the requisition. Mostly to be thorough; there's no reason for me to think that I have any of the items on that one. Chest x-ray, too.

No FC for me, so... chatting with a few others Not At FC, and lounging in "comfort gear", drinking Scotch and playing Shattered Galaxy. Acceptable.

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From:sfmarty
Date:2007 Jan 21 - 22:28 (UTC)
I have discovered that fatigue is often caused by the medications I take. Also from lack of oxygen. I only have the use of two of my four lung lobes. Some new breathing stuff is helping with that. (pleased look)

I think I already told you that tho.

Sorry United Airlines drove you all around town. Pity...Or perhaps they were just trying to get a bit more money out of you???

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From:unayok
Date:2007 Jan 21 - 23:24 (UTC)
Yes, you mentioned it. I'm glad that you can find things to help.

Sometimes it feels odd to mention things like my fatigue when I know people who are in much worse situations. I am functional, if somewhat less so than normal.

I'm not taking any medications that should be causing fatigue (the only two prescription ones are Pentasa and occasionally Pantaloc). My regimen hasn't changed much in a few years. Well, hopefully we'll figure it out, and hopefully it isn't one of the scary things.

Not sure how United expected to get more money out me... they had to pay to get the luggage to me, and it's certainly not impressing me to fly with them again. :)

unay

From:sfmarty
Date:2007 Jan 21 - 23:29 (UTC)
I was attempting a funny when I said that about United.

The taxi driver was the one who drove you all over, I just changed the culprit.
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From:unayok
Date:2007 Jan 21 - 23:43 (UTC)
I guess I'm a bit humour-impaired today. :)
From:sfmarty
Date:2007 Jan 22 - 00:32 (UTC)
Ah well, so am I.

I am longing to get away. Had hoped for a train trip across Canada last summer, to end up in your town and then fly home. Dental troubles intervened. Had hoped to get to Arizona where Judy was having a clinic for the horses. Dental troubles...

I.Can.Not.Wait. for this damed procedure (implants, a/c no teeth left for bridges) to be over. Supposed to be next week. Nope, three more weeks.

Inset all sorts of cussing here.
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From:bovil
Date:2007 Jan 22 - 21:39 (UTC)
Was a good con. I would advise against missing the tenth anniversary next year. Something tells me we will be new horizons in overcommitted, but my spies tell me that it's got epic potential.