. . . Or at least with no brain.
I checked the weather report for Denver last night and saw that there were going to be thunderstorms today. "So much for my flight being on time," thought I.
I checked this morning and the flight was on time, but half an hour later I got an automated call telling me it was delayed by half an hour. Went to the airport. Flight was delayed another half-hour. Then another hour. The 5:00 flight finally left at 7 p.m.
The flight itself was uneventful, except for some turbulence and the part where my airport-purchased chicken caesar sandwich spilled caesar salad dressing onto my copy of Best American Fantasy (and possibly all over the rest of my backpack too, I haven't checked yet).
So we landed in Denver around 10 p.m. local time.
But the gate we were going to was occupied.
So we sat on the tarmac for a full hour waiting for a gate to open up.
(Including 15 minutes spent 100 feet from the gate, waiting for the ground crew--who had mysteriously disappeared--to return.)
Finally got off the plane around 11, found baggage claim, and had to wait about 45 minutes for my bag to show up.
Then caught a taxi to the Curtis hotel, where I am now going to collapse. (And where I've started coughing again, after a mostly cough-free afternoon and evening.)
Two unrelated side notes:
- The hotel Internet connection is once again refusing to let me send email from the fiction@ address. I'm getting really sick of this. And this time autoresponses won't go out for four days if I don't figure out a way to get around it. I'll try asking Pair tech support tomorrow, or else I'll find a Starbucks or something that has an access point. (This is something that works fine from any normal Internet connection, but apparently hotel connections interact badly with Pair's system, or something.)
- It occurred to me tonight that most of the United hubs (or at least major-United-traffic airports) that I use are in really bad-weather places. Chicago, Denver, Boston; pretty much every time I fly through any of these places, there are weather delays. And I fly through one or more of those airports almost every time I fly United. So I should probably start adding about 3 hours of weather delays to my plans for every trip on United.