Further delays

This has gone beyond a joke. Not sure if I should call it a day now… Go to sleep and try to make it in tomorrow morning. A number of flights from Newark have been cancelled and pretty much all others are delayed.

I should have made it to my final destination shortly after 2 pm. It is now 9:30 pm and the flight might leave Newark a midnight.

This is insane. And do you think people from Continental care?

Not a flying fiddle!

Delayed

I should have boarded my 3rd transatlantic flight with Continental this year about 5 hours ago. None have gone smoothly yet. The incidents have ranged from sitting a family with 3 young children all on different rows and the ground staff telling me that they didn’t care that it wasn’t their fault, to a delay that will be longer than 6 hours today. I’m flying back home in Friday, and I’m hoping for a better experience then. To be honest, I’m not holding my breath.

After the dreadful experience earlier in the year, you are right to ask… What the heck were you thinking? The answer is simple… Company policy.

The delay today has been caused by a faulty part. I’m not upset about the delay, in fact, I’m delighted that they caught the problem and are fixing it before we board the plane! My annoyance is with the way they are handling the incident.

Some of this is pure speculation. But here it goes.

The plane that will take us to the US arrived in Dublin yesterday evening at 7:40 or thereabouts. I arrived to the airport before 6 this morning to check in, at which point I was told I should be at US pre-clearance at 6:45. One can only assume that they thought everything was fine at that stage!

Boarding time was set for 8:15. At 8:10 they told us that due to refuelling and maintenance, boarding would be delayed 15 minutes. 5 hours later, we are still here!

At about 11:30 we were told that the engineer working on the plane had actually found the fault, and the part they needed was in Heathrow. The part was being sent here. Should arrive at 1:15 (about now). According to the message then, it should take about an hour to set up and test. We are waiting for an update at 2:00. And will hopefully leave at around 3. And my connection? Well, I’ll found out later.

By the way, we were told that the crew reported the fault yesterday! WHY DIDN’T THEY ORDER THE PART THEN!

Normally clearing immigration and customs in Dublin is a blessing since you arrive in the US as if you were on a Domestic flight making things faster. Not today, as it means that we are stuck waiting at the gate! Thankfully I have a phone with an Internet connection.

At least the Irish ground staff are a hundred times more polite than their Mexican or American counterparts!

I’ll see you on the other side.

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Atardecer

I just spent the last 40 minutes driving the backroads between Lucan and Clonee back and forth. The sun was very low in the horizon as I started my journey. On the way back, as dusk settled, I was alone with my thoughts driving through the fields my memory jumped back more than 30 years to a time when I used to go camping with my school to a country house close to the woods. I used to spend the afternoon waiting for the evening to arrive so we could sit around a huge bonfire to tell horror stories.

There is something peaceful about the time of the day when the sun goes away and the night settles in. Specially when you are surrounded by trees and can smell the wet grass after an afternoon shower on a cool spring evening.

I will take that feeling to bed this evening.

Good night.

Canasta

I used to play Canasta with my grandmother before she passed away. I have never been any good and she kept on beating me pretty badly. Still I really enjoyed playing with her.

Her house was usually very busy with many people coming and going all the time. On the rare occasions when I found myself alone with her, we would play cards, some times Canasta.

I hadn’t played in a long long time. I really don’t know the rules very well as I always relied on her for advice… And more importantly to tell me how much each card was worth!

Today I played Canasta again, on my iPad. And it reminded me of my “abuelita”. I felt like crying a little bit, but mostly I felt happy.

To Begin With…

I’ve had a mainly music related blog for quite some time: (Pensamiento Aleatorio). But today, while watching a movie before going to bed, I thought that I should have a blog where I could just post a thought or two whenever… So here we are.

I setup a new WordPress.com account, downloaded blogsy for my iPad and wrote this post.

Will it work?

Maybe, maybe not. But for now, I’m just going to go to bed.