Sunday, March 2, 2008

I could have flown to Hawaii...

You know, you hear about those horrible flying incidents on the news and hope it never happens to you. Well today it did. Yesterday in Denver was a beautiful day in the 70's. This morning I woke up to a white blanket covering everything. The weather was nasty as I drove to the airport. (On a total serendipity my parent flew me out to Oklahoma to spend a few days with my brother Clint who had just gotten back from a two year tour in Korea. He is stateside for about two months of training before he goes to Iraq.) So even though the security line was horribly long, I got through and made it to my plane somewhat surprised that there was no delay because of the weather. So I board the plane and we pushed back from the gate on time. However, it took forever to get up to the runway and be de-iced. Then we sat so long waiting to take off that we had to be de-iced again. By this time it is already after the time I was already supposed to be in Oklahoma, but we finally take off. We are in the air and about halfway there when the pilot comes on the intercom saying that there is a mechanical malfunction and we have to turn around and go back to Denver!!! No way! So I call Cyle and my dad and tell them to turn around and go back home. At this point it seems clear that I am going to miss my dad's birthday dinner. Darn. Speaking of food, I am starving. I have now been on the plane for 3 hours. The malfunction was a quick fix (so they said) so they would not let us off to get any food. Keep in mind, this is one of those small prop. planes and they don't have any food on board. So it takes over an hour for them to fix the sensor problem. Then we get back out to be de-iced, for the third time mind you. We finally take off. I have been stuck on this cramped plane for over 5 hours. So I keep reading my book, The Scarlet Pimpernel, but my whole body is getting sore. After some not so fun turbulence, we land in Oklahoma City. The entire plane cheered. So I finally get off of the plane a mere 7 stinkin' hours after I got on. You have got to be kidding me?!?!?!?!?

Well, at least I finished my book for book club this month.

7 comments:

Kirsten said...

I hate traveling in the winter!!!! It's ridiculous that they don't have emergency stores of food for these situations. On a more positive note, it is so nice you got to get away and spend some good family time together-enjoy and come home safely!

The Cox Family said...

Wow- that is ridiculous! Good thing you had a good book and no KIDS to entertain that whole time!!!

Three Girls and a Boy said...

Oh, Carli, that sounds so miserable! All I can say is, I'm so glad you didn't have your kids with you. I feel sorry for those who did! Hope you had a good visit!

estanworth said...

You probably should have just driven, you might have made it there a lot faster!

Brandie Lyon said...

That really stinks! Aren't you glad you had no children with you. We are glad you arrived home safely.

mcojaadams said...

Speaking of Hawaii... David and I are going next week! We leave on the 13th and get home on the 17th. Pray for us!

Tirsa & Blaine said...

What an absolute nightmare.