19 January 2023

Curious minds want to know

If you come out of O’hare airport or approach the same, you are likely to notice a lot of signs helping you to the Kiss ‘N Fly parking lot. Seeing such a sign from the train that I boarded from the rental car center to the terminals, two questions immediately popped to my mind.

1. First, is this where you kiss the wrong spouse and subsequent events inspire you to fly? (or for that matter, why insist on the kissing part?)

2. Why Kiss and then Fly? This is where you wait for incoming passengers – to pick them up. When you drop them you take them straight to the departure area at the terminal. Should it not be “Fly and Kiss” or perhaps “Kiss and Drive” away? The chronological flow betrays the knowledge of grammatical sequencers.

What did you say? I need some serious help? 🙂

11 January 2023

Woke up to a big surprise

My flight is mid morning today. Woke up to the news that all flights across the country have been disallowed to take off due to FAA system glitches. My hotel room looks straight across to the SFO runway. The runaways are eerily empty. Usually, it is lined by a retinue of planes waiting to take off! Bracing for an interesting journey back home today. (or tomorrow? 🙂 )

10 January 2023

Have you ever had coffee like this?

My friend, Matt Moore, always takes me to unique coffee places every time I come to San Francisco. This time, he took me to Red Bay Coffee and we had a Charcoal Latte! The coffee is literally sprinkled with finely granulated charcoal powder!! I was fairly intrigued by what it would be like. The coffee was great to taste and I could feel the occasional grain of charcoal on my teeth.

That was a different experience!!

17 December 2022

Boy, was I late for the pickup !!

Natasha’s flight yesterday from JFK that was to take off at 12 noon eventually got in the air ten and a half hours late!! Apparently, after boarding all the passengers, they realized that they were one pilot short!!

In any case, throughout the ordeal, I was checking Flightaware to see what their latest info for the flight DL 482 was.

Accidentally, ran into something…

There was a flight DL 482A. I never knew that flight numbers could have letters in them. What is even more intriguing is that Flightaware kept the history and very helpfully informed me that the flight landed over twelve years back!!

5 December 2022

Hmmm… that was interesting

Our flight was delayed by about 30 minutes to get out of the gate. Apparently, there were not enough cleaning crew to clean the equipment. In any case, we pushed out of the gate amid heavy rains, lumbered our way to the end of the runway and with the engines springing to full life, started hurtling down the active runway.

It was then that I got this message from Delta that we will be delayed by 5 more hours (till 9:25PM).

A few seconds later, quickly climbing thru the air, I was still scratching my head – What was that all about?