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Life in the "Great White North"

TracyLynneTTracyLynne Posts: 599
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:26 AM in Lighten and Brighten
Well, it is never easy to get anywhere in the winter, and this Christmas has set a record, I'm sure!!

Our middle son was headed for Australia; he left home just after midnight on Saturday, December 20th. After spending 1 1/2 days living in the airport (because of terrible storms in Eastern Canada, flights weren't leaving to pick up passengers in Western Canada!), we finally said Merry Christmas and booked him into a hotel for a night where he could get some sleep.....without 3500 other travelers who were trying to find floor space in the airport! [( He had a good night's sleep, then headed back to the airport bright and early in the morning to catch what he thought would be his "new" flight. That was not to be....so he spent another 18 hours in the airport and voila!! A flight made it in and he made it as far as San Francisco (the next day the other airport closed completely, so timing was good!) They missed their connections, of course, so the airline was kind enough to put them up in a hotel until the following day. Back to the airport, luggage was found, and he was lucky enough to tour S.F. for the day before his flight actually left for Australia!!! As of early yesterday morning, he made it there, along with his luggage, so it was a very happy ending after a frustrating wait due to snow, snow and MORE snow!!

Our eldest son left his home for the first leg of his flight, and I warned him that I was pretty sure he would NOT be able to fly into our airport, which is a small regional airport without the up-to-date technology of international airports. He was told by the airlines that flights WERE going to get in.....when they got off the first flight, though, they were handed a card with a 1-800 number on it and told "sorry, your flight is cancelled. Call customer service and see if they can do anything for you." Not "we'll put you on a bus" or anything else on Christmas Eve.....and customer service did nothing to help. So he, his girlfriend and 100 other people headed to the bus depot, and they were lucky to get onto a bus a few hours later which brought them five hours closer to us. On Christmas Eve, my hubby climbed in the car at 7:30 p.m. to drive 3 1/2 hours to where the kids' bus was going. By 2:30 a.m., Christmas Day, the rest of us were together and everyone made it safe and sound!!

I guess what we really need to do is consider celebrating Christmas in July...though where WE live, we could easily have a snowstorm or two even then!!

Hope the rest of you got your families home safe and sound and without TOO many disruptions! :applause:



  • Glad to hear that you had a very happy and safe outcome!

  • Our eldest son and his girlfriend didn't fly out today, either, as we had ANOTHER blizzard here!! We just can't seem to win! BUT...we did get to spend another day together, so I'm not complaining about that!! >:D<

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  • What about the Spaghetti?????
  • Yes, we took them out for a big spaghetti feed at our local Italian restaurant! It's like a big gymnasium with tables...not exactly "intimate dining", but the food is awesome, and all you can eat! You'd love it, "C"; which I could send some over your way, but it may have changed color some by the time you received it.... :D

    They headed home today with friends (they have a 12 hour drive ahead of them) and guess what? The sun is shining....they could have flown out today! Never fails....

  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 13,527
    come on now, you know us North East New Englanders are totally prepared for snow and blizzards.
    Heck, when 2" of snow falls, panic strikes, schools are closed, state workers are told to stay home, etc
    So, we react basically about the same way you guys do, only
    difference is, with us its measure in inches, for you its measured in feet!!
    I still cant forget one of the doctors my wife works with, he was born/raised in Montreal, and he laughs at us down here.
    To him, nothing is severe until the snow gets up almost past your tires
    Ron DiLauro Veritas-Health Forums Manager
    I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences 
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  • Where do you live Tracy? My daughter and fiancee live in Portland OR, and their flight on Dec. 21 was cancelled (together with several hundred more) because the airport was closed due to heavy snowing. I was so bummed, we really were looking forward to spending Christmas with them. Now they will try to fly out on Jan. 8, but since more snow is expected there, I sure hope they will m ake it this time.

    All the best for the new year!

  • No fair, now I am craving Spaghetti and it's time to eat breakfast. Hmm ... oatmeal or spaghetti ... dang that's a tough one! =))
  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 13,527
    Spaghetti and Cereal.... Just a question if we serve Wine or Milk!
    Ron DiLauro Veritas-Health Forums Manager
    I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences 
  • We live in southeastern B.C, and had the same weather as you around the same time! It's crazy everywhere this year.... /:)
  • I had the leftovers for breakfast the next day!! When you come to visit, I'll take you there, "C"!! We always order an extra platter just before we leave so there is LOTS to take home!!
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