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Where we stand. 
27th-Dec-2010 04:20 pm
Fizzgig! - velvetsteel
Okay. Let me sum up.

* Our original flight was MCO-BOS on Sunday evening.

* OMFGblizzard. We called and got the flight changed to Tuesday, flying out of WPB, so we could go home with my parents and maybe get to see our South Florida friends. Tuesday was the earliest they could get us out, they said.

* They e-mailed Adam an itinerary for a Monday flight. Adam called for clarification - but apparently our prior call was the last one they felt like answering. Delta's phones go straight to a recorded message about not answering their phone due to inclement weather, and then disconnect. Right after they cancelled 500 flights, and would go on to cancel at least 300 more, leaving thousands of people with no way to rebook.

* We continued to try to contact Delta for two days. Never any reply. We finally reach live people on Twitter, but all they'll say is that our Monday flight is totally on. Despite there being a blizzard warning in effect til 6pm. We are not optimistic.

* We wake up early this morning and drive an hour-plus to WPB. We are told that the second leg of the flight, ATL-BOS, is a no-go. By a very fucking condescending Delta pigfucker. "Haven't you been watching the news?" "THE NEWS THAT SAID LOGAN WOULD OPEN AT NOON? YES WE HAVE." Pigfucker has no response to "why are you not answering the phone?" and "why are you not updating the website with this info?"

* Pigfucker hunts us down when we're in the eternal line for customer service. Says we can go to ATL, but will be stranded there for days. No offense to my ATL friends, but we opt to stay here where we don't have to pay for a hotel or food. Earliest we can get out is THURSDAY. No, they will not pay for my meds. No, they will not switch the flight to FLL without charging extra. At least he is less condescending the second time.

* We go to Cracker Barrel for lunch. The monkeyboy host has never heard the word "gluten", and laughs in my face. I have words for him. The waitress, although she doesn't know what's GF, at least understands the question and knows who will know the answer, and I manage with grilled chicken tenders, corn, mashed potatoes-no-gravy, and "no biscuits, no corn muffins, no bread on the plate". For my GF peeps: yes, they use wheat filler in their burgers, and have gluten in the green beans even. This is your only safe choice, besides trout-no-sauce, but at least it was tasty.

* I get a stuffed possum from the Cracker Barrel store BECAUSE I HAVE BEEN VERY GOOD. His name is George Joseph Vermeer Abercrombie, but he prefers to just be called Just Abercrombie. Just Abercrombie is an artist, but has not been taken seriously by the Establishment, because he is a possum. Speciesist bastards.

* We go to CVS. The clerk is a total moron who needs to have co-workers translate her speech from Idiot to English. "We could transfer the Lunesta but that means you can never transfer it back because that's another state." Co-worker: "No, you just have to get your doctor to call in a new prescription when you get back." These are different things. Also, she cannot understand "I only need four pills", and insists that the insurance won't cover anything because I got them filled too recently. She does not understand the phrases "extenuating circumstances" and "medical emergency". She's also too stupid to think of calling the insurance company and ask for an exemption. Her supervisor is slightly less stupid and understands that that is a thing they can do, "but they won't approve it." Me: "Try. Them."

* We go to a health food store that is 90% booze and candy. OH FLORIDA. Sufficient GF food is obtained, at great price.

* We come home. Adam calls the insurance company, to be told that yes, CVS called, yes, the insurance company approved it - but what they called in was complete refills. So I get to pay a big chunk of money because dumbass does not understand "four pills". Note that I have gotten extensions of this nature before, so I know for a fact that CVS can do it. She's just too stupid. It must be very difficult and painful to have to go through life being so very, very stupid.


So that's where we stand right now. We're here through Thursday night. In the house of reality TV played at top volume, racist Christmas specials - racist everything. (My sister: "The clothes there, like no offense but they're kinda black." Me, knowing what she means and being willfully oblivious: "I'm wearing a black shirt right now. I thought you liked this one." My sister: "That's not what I meant." Me: "Well I'm sure I don't know what you mean.")

I'm pretty much on my last nerve. I will be trying to make the best of this. We'll likely see kires, and hopefully enderfem if she gets to feeling better. Maybe maxymyllyn. Sadly, felisdemens is still in CA. OH FELIS WHY DOTH THE UNIVERSE CONSPIRE?????

Major thanks to slipjig for continuing to feed the cats, and to taura_g in advance for picking us up if we ever get home. Now I snack.
27th-Dec-2010 09:35 pm (UTC) - Good luck!
They began landing planes in Boston about 1pm... 2 runways...
Most of the airlines pulled everything off the east coast... but they are turning them around as fast as they can land them.

Hopefully they can get you home soon!

27th-Dec-2010 10:04 pm (UTC)
I kill Delta with my brain. Also CVS. And the monkeyboy. Gr.
27th-Dec-2010 10:28 pm (UTC)
Unfortunately, being stupid is an easy thing:

Look at the happy little moron
He doesn't give a damn
I wish I were a moron
My god, perhaps I am!

My fingers have consistently tried to type "moran." This is a sign I have been in East Tennessee too long.

Hang in there! Breathe. Mash potatoes or something else cathartic.
27th-Dec-2010 10:28 pm (UTC)
Oh honey. *hugs* I'm so sorry.
27th-Dec-2010 10:33 pm (UTC)
27th-Dec-2010 10:35 pm (UTC)
I'm glad you have your pills, and too many is better than too few, when your travel plans are still, well, "up in the air" is a misnomer, isn't it?

I hope you can enjoy the rest of the adventure, even if it isn't the one you signed up for.
27th-Dec-2010 10:37 pm (UTC) - RE: the idiots at CVS and Cracker Barrel
Remember, stupidity is its own punishment.

I hope you and yours get home safely, and don't have to inflict too much damage on the stupid people around you.

Edited at 2010-12-27 10:37 pm (UTC)
27th-Dec-2010 10:39 pm (UTC)
Good LORD.

Next year, if the family wants to see you THAT MUCH, they can arse themselves to come to Boston and stay in a hotel, so that you can eat food that DOESN'T KILL YOU and not run short of MEDICALLY NECESSARY SUPPLIES and generally not be beset by TEH STUPID, and if the weather goes screwy, let THEM be the ones inconvenienced.
27th-Dec-2010 10:42 pm (UTC)
Oh geez, I am so sorry.
Good mojo for you.
27th-Dec-2010 10:52 pm (UTC)
Every time you talk about gluten-free food, I read it as girlfriend food. Which seems adorable. WHY WON'T THESE PLACES SELL GIRLFRIEND FOOD!?
27th-Dec-2010 11:20 pm (UTC)
So it's not just me, good to know.
28th-Dec-2010 12:59 am (UTC)
@'song: I honestly don't understand how some people make it through life being so chronically stupid and mean. I'm not talking a bad day, or one of the other, but both, all the time. It does not compute.

You didn't think 2010 would end without trying to dick with you on its way out, did you? It's been that kinda year. Hold your breath, get home safely, and resolve never to put yourself in the care of people who have shown they Won't Get It.

@amokk: ICON LUST!
28th-Dec-2010 02:36 am (UTC)
I <3 Eeyore. This was taken by my wife, of my Eeyore at my computer desk years ago.
28th-Dec-2010 02:14 am (UTC)
Hey, you could have stayed here! We don't have a *lot* of extra space but we wouldn't have charged you and we could have come up with some GF food. (And we have wireless and Netflix and a Wii....all guaranteed to be reality-TV free :)
28th-Dec-2010 12:43 pm (UTC)
I hadn't ever heard of a racist Christmas special...what are they?
28th-Dec-2010 08:14 pm (UTC)
Ugh! Stinks that you had trouble at Cracker Barrel, it's one of my go-to places for GF food while traveling. I usually get the country ham w/ corn and turnip green. And at least the one we go to in NC is knowlegable enough to tell me they cooked my food on a clean grill with clean utensils. FWIW: I keep this page bookmarked to check out when I know where I'll be going.

I hope the rest of your trip is uneventful and that you are home soon!
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