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23 August 2007 @ 02:40 pm
Weren't You Supposed to be on a Plane?  
Why, yes, thank you for asking.

Only some bozo who happens to be very close to me (in fact, as close as it is physically possible to be and yet in certain philosophical senses is not exactly so much "close" as "serially temporal" with me) managed to misread the itinerary not once, not twice, not three times, but easily 5 times over the course of the last month.

There's stupid and there's complete and utter ID10T failure.

So - instead of boarding a plane at 13:25 in Atlanta, we called to check the flight only to find the plane had taken to the skies at 10:05 am - about the time I was clearing out the storage unit preliminary to closing down Bedlam House warehousing in Atlanta. It seems 13:25 was the clock time of arrival tomorrow in Japan.

Through the efforts of ladyat (who admirably did not make any physical attempt on my life nor even threaten me) on the cellphone with Delta and the excellent service from the Delta agent, we are booked on the exact same flight (that would be the one actually departing at 10:05. AM. In the morning. Not in the afternoon) leaving tomorrow (Friday), still upgraded to Business Class, with no change fee levied. Of course, it helps that my ticket was full-fare coach to begin with and that I have been an elite level frequent flier with Delta for many, many years.

It means we'll be canceling the first night's hotel in Fujiyoshida, trying to extend our booking for the 26th backwards to the 25th, climbing Fuji-san after the fire festival, and losing a day touring out of Tokyo prior to Worldcon.

All in all, a cost of about $250 in cancellation fees and more expensive hotels. Minor damage all things considered, and we are happy for it to be so.

The material world is no more than illusion, and life is but a dream. Sh-boom.
Current Mood: stressedstressed
BlueEyedTigress (a.k.a. Blade): The Hill and Bag Endblueeyedtigress on August 23rd, 2007 08:13 pm (UTC)
Wow. Good for ladyat! You got off light, all things considered!

So, when will you be on Fuji-san now? It's just that I want to raise a glass to you both from Scotland. Or possibly England, at that point.
Bill Suttonbedlamhouse on August 23rd, 2007 08:24 pm (UTC)
Our expectation would be to start up the mountain at about 10 am Monday, August 27, Japan time. Which would be about 9 pm Sunday US EDT. Which would be about 2 am Sunday UK Summer time.
BlueEyedTigress (a.k.a. Blade): quizzical red catblueeyedtigress on August 23rd, 2007 10:01 pm (UTC)
Now wait arf a mo', laddie ... that doesn't add up. There's five hours' difference between GMT and EDT. I think you mean 2am MONDAY in the UK ...? ;]
Bill Suttonbedlamhouse on August 23rd, 2007 10:54 pm (UTC)
Umm ... yeah ... I just spelled Monday wrong ... (*whistling nonchalantly*) ... guess that explains a lot, doesn't it ...
Robautographedcat on August 23rd, 2007 08:24 pm (UTC)
If it makes you feel any better, I did the same thing booking my trip to San Francisco for Labour Day. I was planning to take no time off from work, so I booked what I *thought* was a 7:25pm flight, which would give me plenty of time to skip lunch, leave early to the airport after work and arrive on the West Coast around 10:30pm local time.

Nope. Actually booked a flight landing at 7:25pm WC time, and is leaving at 5:40pm, so i'm having to take a half-day after all.

At least I figured this out *before* the day of the flight. I'd have been *pissed*.
BlueEyedTigress (a.k.a. Blade): Gang Way!blueeyedtigress on August 23rd, 2007 10:04 pm (UTC)
Oooh, yeah! I did that with my flight back from InterSection in 19whateveritwas. Travelling with two other people, all three tickets bought at the same time and meant to be identical .... and mine had the return flight a day early. Which I noticed the day before my flight. 8/
David M Steindrzarron on August 23rd, 2007 08:28 pm (UTC)
Man... Diana and I did that when going to the Winnipeg WorldCon, back in the printed ticket days. The printed itinerary said one departure time, but the tickets said something else. Okay, I should have checked both. So we arrived at the gate for departure in time to watch our plane taxi away.

NW was red faced and sucked up nicely. We ended up with a four hour layover in Minn Minn and had lunch on the airlines at "Plant Hollywood" at the "Mall of America". And in hindsite, given how the convention went, the trip to the Mall was one of THE highlights.
Gwenthe_gwenzilliad on August 23rd, 2007 09:23 pm (UTC)
Oh, stress hugs to you and ladyat as well!

Did I tell you about our flight to America last February? J and A and G and I were so prepared! I booked a car way ahead, we were up at the crack of dawn that morning, and we had a great driver on our way to Gatwick. It was the most stress-free travel experience we've ever had.

Until we got to the airport. Where we were informed that there were no flights to San Francisco from Gatwick. They all go from Heathrow.

Three people had itineraries in their email boxes. Not one of them read HEATHROW in big capital letters on the e-tickets. It was only thanks to a heroic taxi driver and a *lot* of luck on the motorway that we made our flight. It was still the least stressful flight ever. ;-)

I hope you have a great time in Japan.
Alanpatoadam on August 23rd, 2007 11:25 pm (UTC)
Glad you made it!
Cat Sitting Stillcatsittingstill on August 23rd, 2007 11:11 pm (UTC)
My sympathies about the mixup. I'm glad it was straightened out with as little damage as possible.

Here's hoping this is the last thing to go wrong for the Japan trip! (crosses fingers)
Alanpatoadam on August 23rd, 2007 11:32 pm (UTC)
I never made your exact mistake, but there was the time I asked a friend to pick me up at the airport, and I gave him my departure time rather than my arrival time. When the plane was a few minutes late, I casually thanked my friend for waiting, not realizing that he had waited for *hours*.

"If everything is an illusion and nothing exists, I definitely overpaid for my carpet." -- Woody Allen
carolfcarolf on August 23rd, 2007 11:32 pm (UTC)
She loves you. Very much. Obviously. (Though, I'll admit that neither would I waste energy on anger at my current (wiser) age. Nor would I rub his face in it. But I'd sure enough keep track of the karma to use the next time
*I'm* the one who fouls up.

Equally glad it was resolved so (relatively) painlessly. Still wishing you a wonderful time. Still awaiting the songs.

Still jealous.
Maia Cmaiac on August 23rd, 2007 11:38 pm (UTC)
Dang. It's a shame you're losing a day in Japan.

Kudos to ladyat for getting you a new flight! Hmm. Flowers? Jewelry? Chocolate? All of them?
Bill Suttonbedlamhouse on August 24th, 2007 12:22 am (UTC)
I took her and the son, daughter-in-law, and grandson out for ...

... sushi.

It's what she really, really wanted.

Personally, I'm expecting even ladyat The Sushi Monster to be a little tired of it by the time we get home. But I'm not taking any bets on it.
khaosworks on August 27th, 2007 02:40 am (UTC)
If it makes you feel any better, I was a day late for GAFilk this year because I forgot to renew my passport. PEBKAC — it happens. Glad you got it sorted, though, and hopefully by the time you read this you'll be in just an hour's time zone away from me. Have fun!