Have a cheesesteak for me!
Have you ever noticed that the surest way to know it's not a cheesesteak is if they use the word "Philly" in the title/description?
Hey, I thought you said you got to the airport without much trouble! (Well, OK, a 180 in an abandoned highway isn't *much* trouble, but still ...)
I am amused beyond measure by the forgotten underwear. Mostly because it's the sort of thing I'd do...
Exactly; not much trouble. No panic, no difficulty extracting the car, just a couple moments of "okay, this is interesting, and a little scary, but I can handle this."
Silly adventures ALWAYS make one late for lunch.
Have a good trip now that you're safely there!
(I've done the spin-on-ice thing, but not in recent decades. Gets the adrenaline going, doesn't it?)
Enjoy your trip!
It does indeed, but, surprisingly, not as much as it would have in the past. Knowing I had the chains, and knowing what to do, *really* helped.
2008-12-23 01:43 pm (UTC)
You have no idea how you saved my life with this post.
All airlines charge for checked baggage? What a load of hooie! Bastards! That's ridiculous! ARGH!
And you reminded me that I always bring an empty water bottle through security so that I can fill it on the other side.
Can I still bring food on the plane?
I'm glad you made it safely despite the hassles. And underwear are overrated.
ETA _ Oh yeah - and those of us who live with snow should have told you:
Chains on ALL FOUR TIRES or not at all.
ETA the second: Gregg says I am wrong - he says drive tires only. Maybe it's studded snow tires that are all four or not at all.
Edited at 2008-12-23 01:47 pm (UTC)
re: chains, yes, drive tires only is what I'd been taught. But a car handles very differently. It seemed to me that the chains were better at moving me than stopping me, so that in a lot of places where my instinct was to slow down, it was better to push forward, maybe even a bit harder. And, of course, there is the whole fishtailing thing.
In this case, though, what happened was I realized I was on a path towards the wrong exit ramp, so I had to angle back towards the main highway. Well, the exit ramp was packed down, and the main highway was packed down, but in between was a drift of about 6" of snow. I hit that at an angle, and the front wheels just locked, but the rear wheels were still moving at an angle, which spun the car.
One other thing to consider bringing in to the airport: a small cup. If the sinks or water fountains aren't able to fill your water bottle, you can transfer water from cup to bottle to get your bottle filled.
And, yes, you can carry food on the plane.
All of the "traditional" (or whatever it is one calls them) airlines charge for checked luggage -- that's United, US Airways, American, Continental, and so on. US Airways is currently the only one charging for beverages, as far as I know, but who knows how long that will last.
The airlines that serve a small number of airports (such as Virgin America, Frontier, Alaska, Jet Blue, Southwest, and so on) seem generally not to be charging for luggage, and otherwise to be providing actual customer service.
Unfortunately, my visiting-of-family travel involves going to a little airport that none of the smaller airlines serve.
I guess you'll be going to the Trader Joe's in Jenkintown, not the one at 21st and Market.
You know how to find us if you want to.