Iâ€™m sitting in Seattle waiting for my delayed flight to leave. I had a 40 minute layover in Dallas, which was tight, but now my flight is delayed an hour because of weather in Chicago,but since Chicago is an American Airlines hub, the flight to Sao Palo from Dallas is delayed 50 minutes. Now, for those of you who have passed 3rd grade math, that leaves 30 minutes for me to rush from one plane to the next in Dallas. And for those of you who have flown through Dallas, youâ€™ll know that the international terminal is not the same as the domestic terminal, and I have to take a shuttle from one concourse to another. This could be a serious process. I recall one similar situation in which I ran nearly a full mile in the airport because the train was broken. Iâ€™ve also spent nearly 40 hours in the Dallas airport waiting for a flight that was delayed, cancelled, rescheduled, and delayed again. I specifically asked not to go through Chicago in winter, but I didnâ€™t realize Dallas was the only other option.
Also, American is now charging for both checked bags on all their flights, except going to Brazil. Thatâ€™s cool. Except theyâ€™re charging $100 for my bike, which was free on international flights a year ago. I think it stems from an American disgust for all things progressive that donâ€™t benefit the corporate economy (e.g. cycling for transportation, walking for transportation, non-internal-combustion-engine transportation, local farming, organic farming, non-petroleum based fertilizer farmingâ€¦ etc.), but maybe Iâ€™m projecting too far. And maybe Obama will fix everything. Iâ€™m a skeptic, but I will raise my glass to hope. If nothing else, if we all start believing that we can make a difference, them itâ€™s a lot more likely to happen.
That was a tangentâ€¦ Maybe my flight will be leaving soonâ€¦ I wish I could have spent this extra hour at homeâ€¦ Iâ€™m hungryâ€¦