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Weathered in

All my mother wanted for her 75th birthday was to have the whole family together.

It didn’t happen.

My parents live in rural southern Illinois, about 2 to 2 1/2 hours from St. Louis, MO. And if you saw any national weather reports over the last couple of days, you probably noticed that St. Louis had two entire days of freezing rain. Supposedly, the airport was operating pretty well. In fact, American Airlines — the major airline servicing that airport — cancelled the flight Dave and I were to have taken on Thursday, then cancelled our second flight, scheduled for Friday. We could have flown in late in the evening today (Saturday), but assuming the flight arrived on time, we would have gotten in around midnight. And everyone was scheduled to leave early on Sunday. It made the entire trip rather pointless.

 At least my brother, sister-in-law, and niece made it there.

We knew we were in trouble when we flipped on the Weather Channel and saw Jim Cantore standing at 10th and Market Streets in St. Louis. Dave and I looked at each other and said “we’re doomed.” Then I called Mom. We talked about the horrible weather a bit, then I told her that Jim Cantore was stationed at 10th and Market. “We’re doomed,” she said. “It’s not going to happen.”

Jim Cantore = Angel of Death for Travel Plans

There’s more on this little episode below in the first comment.

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February 23, 2008 - Posted by | random thoughts, travel, weather | , , , , , , ,

2 Comments »

  1. I have to give credit to Expedia and American Airlines. They were probably under seige with people changing flights due to a large portion of the country experiencing bad weather. I expected to be on hold for a long time and encounter frazzled clerks trying to get me off the line as quickly as possible. But Jeremy at Expedia was helpful and calm, and Gail at American Airlines was angelic. She even snagged me a full refund (we’ll see when it shows up, but in theory I am getting a full refund). This was quite different from my experience last fall with certain unnamed competitors. I try to fly the airlines that haven’t pissed me off in a while, and right now American has extra bonus points for good service.

    Anyway, we got a bit of freezing rain here in the Washington DC suburbs, so Dave and I did something we never do — nothing. We’re not what you’d call high-energy people, but we’re always doing something. I once told my doctor that I was like “the Energizer turtle” — leisurely (aka slow) but non-stop.

    Yesterday, however, we just hung out. I didn’t do a minute of work, and I always work a bit if I have computer access. As anyone who reads this site might have gathered, I read a lot, but that’s all I did (plus packing Mom’s birthday presents to mail and cooking three meals). The cats were furious because we were off-schedule and not behaving the way they think we should — in other words, the way we normally do. What was Dave doing here on a Friday? Why was I sitting on their sofa so much? Why, why, why?

    Because Jim Cantore was in St. Louis, that’s why.

    Comment by esheley | February 23, 2008 | Reply

  2. Hi! Mom really liked the “energizer turtle.” That is funny! It is sad that you didn’t get to go to your mom’s 75th birthday, drat that Jim Cantore!

    Comment by Rusty | February 24, 2008 | Reply


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