Well, instead of being less than an hour away from touching down in Charlotte, I am sitting here in Lambert International Airport waiting another two hours or so to get off the ground.
I wish that I could say it was because the plane was late, but rather it was the passenger this time. First time I have missed a plane, I must say!
The drive to the airport was horrible. Thanks to this winter storm’s deluging St. Louis with snow, what is normally a less-than-an-hour drive for me took about THREE hours — and three hours through some of the worst road conditions I have ever driven through, at that. I normally like to arrive two hours before my flight (I don’t mind waiting), but this morning I had given myself an extra hour, but even three hours wasn’t enough (missed it by that much…). Consequently, I was able to step up to the ticket counter at nearly the very moment my plane was given permission to leave it’s gate.
Actually, even now as I type this (on my phone), the airport fellow in the gate next to mine is announcing that conditions are so bad that a flight in from Chicago had to abort its landing due to runway conditions and that the people who had just boarded the plane from his gate now had to get back off for further delay. Apparently for some of them this is the third time today they have been through this routine. Pretty bad stuff! Many cancelled and delayed flights today.
I’m not really the type to be nervous about stuff like this. (Of course, if my plane crashes later today, you can put that on my headstone: “He wasn’t the type to be nervous about stuff like this.”) I figure that if it gets too bad they will just cancel.
OK, my thumbs are starting to hurt. Back to my laptop and my scripts. Or, I might take advantage of this time to exaine the interior surfaces of my eyelids and run a diagnostic check on my snore generator. I’ll have to think about which task would be more productive. 🙂