Flight Log DL1131: Y.C.M.T.S.U.


My journey from NYC to the West continues.  A five hour flight is now rolling into 2 days and I’m still on the ground in New York. If you missed yesterday’s excitement, the posts can be found here: Just another manic Monday and here: Star Log: Flight DL2282. The Epilogue.

And, the journey continues:

  • 10:00 am. Back in car this morning. This time to LaGuardia Airport. Gorgeous day. One would have no idea of the pandemonium caused by Mother Nature yesterday. (Feeling Good!)
  • 10:50 am. Made good time. Head for Kiosk to get boarding pass. Message blinking telling me to see agent. (Nope. Not going to ruin my day today. Just a minor technicality)
  • 11:25 am. Still with ticket agent. She’s struggling to issue a boarding pass for second leg of the trip. After 20 minutes of working it, she looks up sheepishly, grins, and says: “Why don’t you just have it issued at the gate in Detroit?” I stare at her. She can read me. “He looks like he’s on the edge. He’s smiling but he’s teetering. And any Man with the confidence to be wearing that grey streaky mustache, isn’t likely to be sold ‘The-get-your-boarding-pass-in-Detroit-B.S.-Story’ I’m selling.” Yet, The Man walks away shaking his head and mumbling. Agent breathes deeply…having avoided a sure fire confrontation with some crazy Slav looking mustachio.
  • 11:35 am. I’m through security without incident with a vice grip on my driver’s license, watch and wallet. No bloody mishaps today.
  • 12:00 pm. First call for boarding.
  • 12:05 pm. Announcement blares on intercom. “All passengers, crew and employees must immediately evacuate the building. All passengers, crew, and employees must evacuate the building!” The reason: hit this link.
  • 12:45 pm. Thousands rush back into the terminal and file through security check-in (again).
  • 1:30 pm. Boarded flight. Plane 1/2 empty. Announcement explaining the delay: waiting for two ticketed passengers (tools?) to make it back through security after the evacuation. (This is NY people. This was a sputtering flare. Get on the damn aircraft.)
  • 1:45 pm. We push back from gate
  • 2:00 pm. Captain: “We have a problem with our Nose gear. We need to get a tow back to the gate to have our maintenance crew check it out. I’m sorry folks but we can’t fly without this fix.” (Nose gear is malfunctioning! Really? WTF. NFW. You need Nose Gear right? I then grab my nose and wonder if I need my nose hair clipped.)
  • 2:15 pm. Waiting for tow. (2 flights out West from Detroit. I’ve missed my scheduled connection. Closing in on “timing out” of Plan B.)
  • 2:30 pm. Jet engines powered down.  And we sit. (You’re testing me People. You’re testing me.)

Note to Self: DK, they’re thinkin’ you’ve moved to fiction writing because you can’t make this sh*t up. (*Y.C.M.T.S.U.)

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  1. Thank you for reminding me how lucky I am that I do not have to travel often. There’s always tomorrow’s storm…..


  2. You haven’t figured out that this trip is just not meant to be. You have earned a glass of wine -maybe even two


  3. Ur image is priceless lol it fits perfectly in with ur story! On the bright side of what happened at least u got a story out of it and it made me laugh lol not at u, but at how life throws us lemons lol cheer up!!!!


  4. Are you sure this trip is necessary. Sounds like it wasn’t meant to be.


  5. Michael Zahaby says:

    Go home dude. Stop the pain


  6. David: I have some very fine Scotch (single malt) waiting when you finally make it to London and we can share stories! Buckle up.


  7. and i will drive you west from detroit. and we will arrive before your planned flight will. bring the music and the beverages.


  8. David, David, David….I was thinking as I read, ‘This can’t be happening…you just can’t make this s*#%!up,” all the while wondering what your acronym stood for. Burst out laughing when I got to the bottom of the post. I’m with Mimi, pal, I think this journey is jinxed. Can’t you pick out a nice conference in Miami or something?! 😉


  9. I did try, really hard, not to laugh … but what else can you do? Of course I was laughing with you! Clearly you are not meant to take the trip, as I think this more than qualifies as a hint. Double chocolate time?


  10. crazy would have turned into totally insane, frothing at the mouth, restraints needed!


  11. Edward Onofrio says:

    Omg. Guess you won’t meet the rm candidate today. Travel safe. Drink waiting for you

    Sent from my iPhone



  12. Lets just hope this is all worth your trouble. I know I would have packed it in after the bomb scare!


  13. David, are you looking for trouble, or does it just find you?


  14. I am waiting on the edge of my seat to see how this adventure ends. You may not be pouring the wine yet, but I think I might … a sympathy drink.


  15. Oh my! I thought Ground Hog Day was only a movie 🙂


  16. This flight was quite an ordeal.
    I can definitely see this as part of a comedy skit.


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