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Part 3 of a Travel Series You Didn’t Know Was a Series

Dear Kid,

This is Part 3 of my Traveling From Las Vegas Saga. If you want to review, you can see Part 1 and Part 2 (which I published out of order, but that’s life in the fast lane).

Ridiculous that it takes three blogs to capture the full story, but—believe me—it seemed much longer IRL.

After having been denied travel ability on Saturday (and nevertheless having a grand old evening Saturday night), we ventured off again on Sunday to Mccarran Airport.

This time we left SUPER early so that we wouldn’t be at all bothered by long waits in line.

There were therefore—of course—no lines.

This did not distress us at all.

We got coffee, went to the gate, and waited for our flight.

All of which went without the slightest possible hitch. In fact, we landed at Reagan National Airport early for our connection to Cincinnati.

And as soon as we deplaned, we learned that our connection had been cancelled.

Just so we’re clear, let me set the stage.

It was 9:00ish in the evening. It was flippin’ cold. The airport people were tired and cranky and had been putting up with distressed travelers all day.

And none of us had had dinner.

The airline peoples’ first suggestion was that we hang around for 27 hours to get a flight to Cincinnati. We countered with a polite rendition of “let’s keep looking for other options, shall we?”

The airline people countered with suggesting we hang around long enough to develop teleportation.

Fortunately, we split into 2 groups (there were five of us traveling together at that point) and the fantastic (and reasonably cheerful) Keisha was helping us. She did not suggest teleportation, which was points in her favor.

After much keyboard tapping (and a long monologue by me), Keisha was able to get us on a flight to Indianapolis.

The monologue (which was hilarious) was in response to the way her coworker Malcolm had been treated earlier that day by a Distress Traveler. Malcolm seemed to be of the opinion that it wasn’t his fault that the weather had messed up travel. Being the kind of Mom I am, I cleared that right up for him, explaining that of course it was his fault and he should stop playing with ice-delivering technology. Yeah, in print it’s not that funny, but IRL it was and I managed to improve everyone’s mood.

After Keisha had us rebooked, she had to reroute our luggage. Spoiler alert: the luggage rerouting worked better for some of us than for others of us.

Then we had the great joy of walking down icy steps to the shuttle bus which sat on the tarmac (doors open) waiting for other passengers to show up. None did, but we almost froze to death.

Then the shuttle bus drove us 6 feet to the next terminal. Where there was no food. To be accurate, there was plenty of food but by that time it was Shut Down for The Day Time and so there was no food to be had.

We flew to Indy. Making great time, I might add. One passenger suggested that the pilot had a hot date he needed to get to. I was not able to verify that.

We went directly to baggage claim to claim our bags. As I said, some of us had more luck with that than others. So those of us who needed to filled out claim forms.

We rented a car and began driving to Cincinnati.

Did I mention that people hadn’t been fed? This was a group that travels better when nourished on a regular basis.

So we stopped at Waffle House.

Waffle House Hash Browns

Waffle House Hash Browns

I don’t think I’ve been to a Waffle House in the last 15 years. Did you know they have a whole variety of ways to serve hash browns? You can have them smothered (with onions), covered (with cheese), capped (mushrooms), chunked (ham), diced (grilled tomatoes), peppered (jalapenos not on a steek), topped (chili), or country (sausage gravy). I was impressed and overwhelmed.

Eventually we made it to the Cincinnati Northern Kentucky airport where we dropped the rental, reclaimed parked cars, had a moment of panic when we thought we might not be able to leave the parking garage because there were no attendants, and drove home.

I arrived home (and promptly woke the puppy for a quick reunion) at 4am.

Note: Just in case you weren’t 100% clear, this was not the original travel plan.

Note: And just to be doubly clear, I am delighted to be home.

Love you kiddo,

Love, Mom

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Technology, Diamonds, Flying Cars, and a Surprise Ending

Flying car? Yes Please DearKidLoveMom.comDear Kid,

George Jetson (the protagonist in a TV cartoon waaay before your time) lived in 2062 in a time of robots and flying cars and futuristic clothing. (And anyone reading this who ever watched the show now has the theme song running through their head. Meet George Jetson!) Since the cartoon debuted in 1962, a hundred years in the future was pretty far away and all sorts of things were deemed possible that we now know really exist only in Star Wars.

But WAIT! Turns out a company called Terrafugia has created a flying car which is part sedan, part private jet and will begin selling them in 2015. Be still my techno-driven heart. One version of this is small enough to fit into a garage and since it takes off vertically, no runway is necessary. I’m afraid the price tag (and the insurance tag) are a little out of my reach. And by “a little” I mean baahahahahahhhaaaaaa. Which is too bad because this baby is super cool. Check out the video.

In other techno-news it seems that scientists thought that maybe perhaps possibly perchance they had discovered a planet that was mostly made up of diamonds. The planet is called “Girl’s Best Friend.” Just kidding, although that is probably a better name than “55 Cancri e” because all the other planets will pounce and pronounce “cancri” as “can cry” and even a diamond-studded planet doesn’t like to be made fun of. Even if it is considered a “super-Earth” due to its size and has the good sense to be orbiting a sun-like star.

George Jetson and Family in Flying Car DearKidLoveMom.comA bunch of party-pooping scientists have now decided that maybe it’s not made out of diamonds at all, or maybe not as many, or well we’re not sure. I have decided that scientists can decide pretty much anything when no one can actually go to 55 Cancri e to see if there is a Tiffany’s on every corner.

In more upbeat techno-news, Angry Birds Go! is launching December 11 just in time to be sure college students have a really good reason for not studying for exams. The app is free, I mean, will cost a gazillion dollars so you might as well stick with studying.

If you’ve done as little business traveling recently as I have, you may have missed the Big Airline Upgrade News. Some airlines on some planes now have power outlets and/or USB ports Right At Your Seat. Well, probably not your seat because most of the outlets are on carriers we don’t generally fly (like Canada Air) and on routes we don’t usually take (the really long flights) in seating areas we don’t usually pay for (like first class). But it’s cool to know they are adding in-flight charging for computers in addition to in-flight charging for meals.

Finally, in Other Things That Technology Lets Us Do Today That We Couldn’t Before, I was going to ask if you’d participated in the Get Swabbed event for registering bone marrow donors. Guess I don’t need to ask, do I? For grandparents or anyone else who wants to kvell (who says moms don’t know all?—at least moms have friends who point out their kid’s photo in a Highly Public Place—thank you, Julie!).

Proud of you, kid.

Love, Mom

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