Wednesday, December 1, 2010

We're home

After a wonderful visit with my family in Cambria, California, we headed back to Monterey the day after Thanksgiving. We were mere blocks from the Naval Postgraduate School's historic hotel where we had a reservation when the phone rang. It was NPS stating that there was a water main break and we couldn't stay there. We ended up at the Army Lodge at the Presidio of Monterey. Decent room but not as nice as the Navy.

The next morning we got up and had a wonderful breakfast in Monterey. We drove on up to San Jose and got to the airport very early. We checked in and settled in for a wait.

Our flight from San Jose to Phoenix was uneventful. We got to the gate in Phoenix, much busier airport than in San Jose, in plenty of time. US Airways began boarding. We were in Zone 3. All of a sudden, the jetway door closed and no one was allowed to get on the plane. They had already boarded first class and people traveling with small children. Finally they announced that there were "crew issues" and they hoped to have them resolved soon. John went to the counter after awhile and was told that the First Officer wouldn't fly with the Captain. We then saw the Captain storm off and a new one showed up. Boarding resumed and we took off.

About a half hour into the flight, the Flight Attendant announced that there was a medical emergency in First Class and if there was a doctor, nurse or EMT on the flight to please come to First Class. A nurse and a doctor showed up. The nurse went back to her seat and the doctor walked up and down the aisle with his stethescope. I guess they decided that the poor woman wasn't too sick to make it to DFW so the flight continued. We were held up while the EMTs at DFW took her off the plane on a stretcher, but that was fine. We were home.

While trying to unpack my suitcase at 1 am, I discovered that the nice people at TSA had searched my suitcase... a perfect ending to a day of drama!

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