Dispatches from Andyland "Your reality, sir, is lies and balderdash and I'm delighted to say that I have no grasp of it whatsoever!" — The Adventures of Baron Munchausen

February 16, 2007

And I always thought the movie Trains, Planes, and Automobiles was fiction

Filed under: Uncategorized — Andrew @ 12:20 am

As I’ve told most of my friends, family, and co-workers by now, my vacation didn’t quite go as planned. I actually planned that I was going to go on a vacation. The vacation was supposed to start with an airplane trip to Orlando, and since we couldn’t do that, the rest sort of fell apart.

I think Michelle started making plans last November for a trip to Disneyworld. By the time we were ready to leave she had a two or three page itinerary typed up for which park we were going to be in when, each day had at least one restaurant reservation, etc.

Our flight was scheduled yesterday 10:00AM. A cab came to pick us up around 6:30, and although we were concerned about the weather as we left, according to JetBlue’s web site, planes were still departing and arriving on time. We got to the airport with plenty of time, had a relatively easy time through security. We then got to the boarding gate and waited.

and waited.

During the wait there were times that it seemed things would work out. Like when we’re being told that our plane had taken off from New York. There were times of disapointment, for example when the people on the plane currently at our gate were let off the plane to roam the airport. (from hearing other reports of JetBlue, I’m guessing they were relatively lucky for that.) Through it all, I don’t think we even began to think we wouldn’t make it to Florida at all. A delayed flight. A canceled flight and getting on a new flight. Something was going to work out.

When they finally canceled the flight in in the late afternoon, immediately checked to see when the next flight we could schedule, and the earliest flights we could get tickets for were Saturday. Checking back soon after that, those were taken and the earliest available flights were Sunday. It sort of makes sense. Way back as we booked the tickets, Wednesday was a little cheaper than Thursday and Friday. As you get closer and closer to vacation, the higher demand for seats. By the time our flight was canceled, those tickets gone. We tried to check with the hotel to see if we arrived Sunday we could have a room until Saturday, but of course they were just as busy as the airlines, and they had no extra space for Wednesday through Saturday. We were stuck with absolutely no way to get to Florida until about half our vacation was over.

All in all, it could have been worse. Waiting at the airplane’s gate is much better than being stuck in the airplane itself while waiting. We got the hotel stay and park refunded, and I’m sure we will get our tickets refunded once JetBlue will answer the phone. (right now, their telephone message gives no way of talking to a person.)

Instead of going straight home, we decided to Sheraton in Braintree. It was amazing how much fun they found the stay at the hotel. (and indoor pool, a pay-per-view movie in the room, etc.) I almost feel that the Disney trip was a waste if a stay in a local hotel could keep them happy. We are working to reschedule the trip though. Right now we looking at another two to three months from now. (probably about as much time as we took planning this trip.)

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