8/2/2006

Going to California

Filed under: — Kate @ 7:20 am EST

As you might have guessed from the leg blogging post, I was in California over the weekend; more specifically, in Santa Monica. But alas, I was there for work, and it was a short trip, so unfortunately I didn’t get to see much.

The trip got off to a shaky start, beginning with my flight from Philadelphia. The plane actually boarded on time, but we got rerouted due to thunderstorms and had to wait while we took on more fuel.

Well, we made it to the runway, but when we were finally the second plane in line for takeoff, a storm rolled in and pounded the airport, grounding all flights for 20 minutes or so.

After the weather cleared, they announced that the storm had affected flight control, but they would have it fixed right away. A few minutes later, they informed us that we were reverting back to the original flight plan, which had us taking off in a different direction. That meant that we had to go to the back of the runway queue and start over.

So we taxied to our new position, and waited. And waited. And waited. Until they told us that during the storm, a flock of geese had landed on the runway, and we would have to wait until they were cleared out. (At that point, everyone on the plane just burst out laughing.)

We finally took off two and a half hours late, and people were getting pretty hungry. Too bad they ran out of food. And ice. Oh, and did I mention the screaming babies? Because there were three of them.

I eventually landed at LAX and made my way down to ground transportation in search of a cab, grumbling to myself about the hotel not having a shuttle. I almost didn’t notice the man in the suit standing there holding a sign with my name on it. That’s right, to my shock and wonderment, there was a car waiting there for me. ME!! And at that point, the trip started to improve.

More on this later (possibly with pictures if you’re lucky). Right now I’ve got to go earn my living.

7 Responses to “Going to California”

  1. daveT Says:

    kate is a celebrity! name on a card, trip to LA, hmmm i get to go on trips down the hall to the sample stability chamber…

  2. Kate Says:

    Oh trust me, this was WAY out of the norm for me.

  3. Sherri W. Says:

    If it’s any consolation, my parents got delayed by thunderstorms when they were travelling Friday the 21st. Turns out their delays made them miss a connection to Stockholm, and the got to Sweden one full day behind schedule (also having exchanged thier frequent flyer miles first class seats for two back in steerage…..)

    So, it could always be worse…. ;)

  4. Kate Says:

    Sherri W. - Ugh, that is horrible! Your poor parents! I hope they were able to enjoy their trip once they finally got there.

    As for my flight, more than anything, I just think it was all very funny. (Though some of the other passengers weren’t quite so amused.)

  5. Stan Says:

    At least you’re employed. *grumblegrumble*

  6. Lushy Says:

    Biznatch…NOW you visit California… :-)

  7. Kate Says:

    At least you’re employed.
    You will be soon!

    Biznatch…NOW you visit California…
    Yeah, I know.