Woke up early (actually, didn't go to sleep the night before) and made sure I was ready to go for my 10:15 flight. So we decide to check ahead to see if the flight is on time. Bad move. United says the flight is delayed by 30 minutes, so I figure we have a few extra minutes to show up to the airport. OK, so I get to the airport at about 9:15 for my 10:15 Flight, which is now scheduled to leave at 10:45. My flight leaves from O'Hare terminal 2. So, I get dropped off at Terminal 2 and look around (hopelessly) for the United Check-In. After not finding it, I ask a guy, who laughs (seriously) and tells me that there is no United desk or check-in at Terminal 2 - You have to check in your bags at Terminal 1, and then walk back to terminal 2 to get to your flight. WTF? Of course it doesn't have this kind of information on the ticket. Of course. So I proceed to lug almost 100 pounds of baggage down the sidewalk, through a construction area, to Terminal 1 - Pulling all sorts of muscles in the process. And anyone who's been to O'Hare will tell you that this place is friggin' huge. Anyway, so I finally find United's check-in desks. I check the departure board quickly to make sure my flight has not been further delayed, but the board still says 10:45 (It's almost 9:30 now). So I go to check in, and the computer tells me I can't check in now. I get someone's attention, who types on a computer for awhile and tells me that I've missed my check-in. I explain that the flight is delayed by 30 minutes and she calls someone to ask if I can get my bags on the plane since it's been delayed. Then she types some more stuff in the computer and says that the flight is now suddenly on time. THEY UN-DELAYED MY FLIGHT??? I turn around, and sure enough, the board now says my flight is ON TIME! In the time that I was tlaking to the clerk, the flight is somehow un-delayed. She has no explanation for this, but it is now 9:32 AM and I have missed the 45minute check-in deadline for my flight by 2 FUCKING MINUTES. She offers me a stand-by ticket for a 2:30 flight which is oversold AND has other people waiting in stand-by. There is another flight at 4:30, and another one at 7:30. Hopefully, I can get on one of those, she says. P.S. It's her last day! Isn't that special? To make matters worse, once I get through security (after getting the full "Special" search) I look back at the board and THE FLIGHT IS NOW DELAYED AGAIN!!! WHAT THE FUCK IS GOING ON??!?! Now scheduled to leave at 10:45, I make a mad dash for the gate in hopes that I can convince them to let me on the plane. As I get near the gate, the next board says 10:25. When I finally get to the gate, it is ON-TIME AGAIN, The people have already boarded and I'm shit out of luck. Trying to be nice I guess, the lady at the gate offers me a boarding pass for the 7:50 flight to Austin, in case I can't get on the other ones. She wonders out loud why the first lady didn't offer me a ticket on the 7:50 flight. Good fucking question. ARGH!!!
So yeah, long story short, I am waiting to maybe (probably not) get on a 2:30 flight, and my baggage will be on that flight even if I'm not. If not, I get a shot at a 4:something flight, and if I miss that, I get to fly out at 7:50 , which puts me back in austin sometime between 11PM and MIDNIGHT ON NEW YEARS FUCKING EVE. If I miss new years because of these jackasses, I'm going to be seriously pissed. I'm doing fine now, but I didn't sleep last night (since i had to get up at 7am anyway) and I'm gonna be pretty fucking irritable if I don't get to austin until 11. If I do, I'm hauling ass in a taxi up to the party, luggage and all. I seriously hope this doesnt happen, because I will be barely awake by this point. OK, so that's my rant. If I'm lucky, I'll find a place to get a connection here. I spent about an hour walking around the various terminals with NetStumbler trying to find an access point. I finally got a very weak t-mobile signal sitting by the window in a big glass hallway. With any luck I can get a connection long enough to post this.
Well if I miss it, Happy New Years Everyone! <3 Justin
P.S. Heather said she would come pick me up even if it's late, and I just want to say that Heather officially kicks ass. Not that you all didn't know that already.