30 January 2019

I am checking off Antarctica from my bucket list

So this is how minus 51 deg F (minus 46 deg C) feels like. Put on innumerable layers and stepped out of the hotel to take a five minute walk. Lasted for one and a half minutes. Just the frame of my glasses became so cold that its contact with the skull gave me a headache.

Some day later in life, I will probably look back to this day and realize that this was the coldest temperature I ever stepped out into in my life.

An unique face to face meeting with Mother Nature.

19 December 2018

Quo Vadis?

My Facebook feed is lighting up with my fellow road warriors’ posts of “Last business trip of the year” with a map that clearly shows the plane pointing to their home.

Not wishing to be left behind, I made one for myself too. Now I realize that I might have a problem – my plane is neither taking me to my office (Chicago) nor home (Atlanta). And I am clearly not on vacation.

It is 6 in the morning. Somebody needs to remind me where did I come from and where am I going.

1 November 2018

Now I know…

Early morning, I was checking in to my American Airlines flight to Austin at one of those kiosks and groggily pressing thru the options on the touch screen, when I got jolted out of my half asleep stupor by what I saw.

The screen that would let me check in my bag said that first two bags were free for me (I had only one) but the third one would cost $150 !!!

$150! That is nearly the price for a round trip domestic flight!! They really, really do not want you to bring in a third bag, I mused.

Later, I was wondering about something… ever since the regime of pay-for-checked-in-bag came, I assume the cargo load must have gone down. But the planes are still the same. So, what do they do with the extra space? (You will be surprised how such non-consequential questions can keep me worried 🙂 ).

In any case, finally I settled down in my airplane seat and opened up the USA Today newspaper on my iPad. And right on the first page was this news….

I think I got my answer!!

https://www.usatoday.com/story/travel/flights/2018/10/31/american-airlines-baggage-handler-trapped-cargo-hold-kansas-city-chicago-flight-piedmont-airlines/1833903002/