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Lovely story Chin and another evocative image. I'm glad you were able with the jetty shot to receive such outstanding help from the local administrators.
I have a story to tell too but it is more horror story than adventure. Sue was scheduled to fly home yesterday on JetBlue airlines from Fort Lauderdale, an airport forty miles from her mothers home. The flight was scheduled to depart at 6:34 p.m. and Sue dutifully arrived two hours earlier, unaware that her flight had been pushed back twenty minutes. I signed up for email notification of flight times since I'd eventually be picking her up at the San Francisco airport. The emails kept coming in... 7:00 p.m, then 7:10, 7:20, 7:40, 8:30, 9:00, 9:30, 10:30, 11:00, 11:40, 12:00 then CANCELLED. The plane she was to fly on we learned was coming from New York where bad weather was delaying flights. When they announced cancellation the reason was pilot fatigue... I guess because the flight crew had been waiting as long as the passengers for their plane to arrive... Passenger fatigue, of course, NEVER enters the equation.
Yes, Sue was given a voucher for a stay at a Holiday Inn hotel and was directed to the bus stop where the shuttle would pick her up. Unfortunately, the clerk didn't tell her shuttles didn't run that late. It was another passenger who was waiting for a shuttle to a different hotel that gave her the bad news. So back inside the terminal where another clerk said, "No, the shuttle doesn't run this late." She was given a voucher for a taxi to the hotel.
Of course, the problem was there is no direct flight to San Francisco today with a seat available so she was offered a flight that would take her through BOSTON... ten and a half hours of flying AND an hour and a half sitting in another airport. She opted for a direct flight on Saturday but JetBlue said the second night at the hotel is on her.
This morning I got an email telling me she was driving back to Delray Beach to spend the day and night at her mother's home. Then she'll pay $55 tomorrow morning to return to the airport, HOPING her JetBlue flight will depart on time.
We've booked on that flight twice and both times experienced multi-hour delays. I checked an online resource and learned this particular flight has an on-time rate of 20%. Time to find a different airline because JetBlue sucks.