Thursday, April 27, 2006

Adam Ondi Ahman

Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Independence Missouri

The "Other" Temple

Sunday, April 23, 2006

Woman Pilot!

The Home of John Adams

I didn't have enough time for the tour since I had a plane to catch, but it was cool just to be there!

John Adams' Resting Place

Note the rainbow signifying gay rights on the church marquis.

Braintree, MA

The church where John Adams, one of my favorites, is buried is covered with gay marriage messages. Makes me literally sick.

Saturday, April 22, 2006

More mansions of Newport...

The Mansions of Newport, RI

Bellvue Avenue is world famous for its rows of huge mansions. This looks like the White House for crying out loud.

Rhode Island

Beautiful and patriotic... And COLD!

Rhode Island

Waterfront in Newport

Friday, April 21, 2006

Fun in Boston

Harvard University...

That is a 400 stair climb to look out over the scene of the site where the Revolutionary War started! I did it without stopping and now my back is paying for it.

Sunday, April 16, 2006

The Edge of the West

Lovely San Diego

Tuesday, April 04, 2006

Worst Travel Experience Ever!

I believe my letter (below) to American Airlines speaks for itself.

Dear American Airlines:

I am writing to express my extreme dissatisfaction with my most recent flying experience while attempting a return home to Washington, D.C. from Kansas City (flight 1557) on April 2-3, 2006.

Due to problems originating in Chicago due to weather, all air traffic in Kansas City was delayed at the gate for 2 hours. When we were finally allowed to board, the plane was grounded on the tarmac for 4 additional hours. While on the plane, the male flight attendant angrily shouted at the passengers in attempts to address growing frustration. This lead to several passengers suffering panic attacks, and an arrest threat against a frustrated passenger in first class.

When we finally landed in Chicago well after midnight, I was forced to stay overnight, at my own expense of $220, at a hotel outside of Chicago since it was too late to make any connections. But this was just the beginning of my trouble.

The earliest available connection into DC (IAD) left at 11:44am the following day (flight 4048). After waiting for this flight, watching its departure time come and go, we were informed the flight would be canceled due to mechanical problems.

Following this bad news, I was moved to yet another flight, this time going to DCA, which was due to depart at 1:13pm (flight 4203). By 3pm, the pilots had not yet arrived making this flight significantly late. At 3:30pm, this flight too was canceled due to mechanical problems.

After this, I was sent to St. Louis (flight 1397), so that I could catch a working flight to Washington, D.C. (Flight 5304), which itself was delayed two additional hours. By the time I arrived home at 10pm, my total travel time from Kansas City to D.C. stood at over 24 hours.

While I understand weather problems are beyond the control of American Airlines, bad service, multiple mechanical problems and late pilots are not. Indeed, because of these problems I have missed a full day of work, been forced to spend over $300 in lodging and other transportation costs, and have been away from my family longer than needed.

Recently, I purchased 8 separate round trip tickets on American Airlines because of my past positive experiences. I am now beginning to regret that decision. As a former Gold level AAdvantage member, I was looking forward to my future 8 flights which would again put me at AAdvantage gold status.

In an attempt to seek relief from this situation, I am asking that you please take steps to restore my faith and trust in your airline. Please contact me at the address below with your response.


Monday, April 03, 2006

24 Hours and Counting and Still not Home

Here we sit, again, in St. Louis of all places. This time weather in DC keeping me from achieving my quest to get home within 24 hours. Left KC 6 hours late yesterday, stayed overnight in Chicago, had 2 flights cancelled on me before being sent here.

The Kansas City Curse

This is the kind of crap that has turned a 4 hour flight into an 18 hour airport and hotel extravaganza. 4 hours on a runway in KC, a night in Chicago and now delayed and cancelled flights into DC. Wonderful.