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bleh: more travel hell. [Jul. 29th, 2006|11:57 pm]
Brad Fitzpatrick
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[Current Location |Barcelona, Spain]

Made an attempt to rush to the airport from our temproary hotel and get on our original flight, then delayed, but failed. We were there, ready, waiting, but the lines were mislabeled, they made no announcement of closing check-in, didn't turn off monitors, etc. Back at the hotel again.

The amount of suck in the Barcelona airport and Sterling airline's website/phone service/airport presence is unexplainable. They're just unreachable and totally don't work. The check-in people were using sheets of paper and cross people's names off lists. Computers? What? And I'm supposed to go there to pay the $340 fee to change my flight (which they fucked up, but travel insurance doesn't cover strikes, convenientconvenient), but they don't have a computer and don't answer their phone, so I have to pay about $1k to book new flights to get to Stockholm (where, fortunately, I can move my return flight around at will, subject to availability).

Mad props to Artur, the dedicated travel agent. He's way more skilled than most people I've encountered, especially those in Barcelona. And the hotel concierge here.

After a bunch of attempts at multiple airports, train rides (including 2 day trainride from Barcelona to Stockholm), etc, the final plan is:

Saturday: (tonight) hotel in Barcelona
Sunday: don't leave the hotel property. no sight-seein. no taxis. no travel. read books by the pool (or in the room if too hot), work, do email, etc. Just no travel.
Monday: fly to Stockholm. Arrive 10:30 pm or so. Stay in hotel airport.
Tuesday: hang out in Stockholm. try to get on flight home, if it has space.
Wednesday: early: flight home.
Wednesday night: arrive in SFO:
Thursday really early (7am): pick up the Major, who we miss a ton.
Thursday: go to work. maybe groggy, but work. (original plans had 1 day buffer between travel and work, now removed)

In conclusion:

We just want to be home. We're sick of travelling and inefficiencies and just want to get home and have clean clothes and play with the Major. (and get ear surgery, apparently)

[User Picture]From: robbat2
2006-07-29 09:21 pm (UTC)
*inserts item into brad's schedule*
Thursday morning, before work, arrange to see doctor!
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[User Picture]From: brad
2006-07-29 09:31 pm (UTC)
I'll email doctor tomorrow and make an appt.
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[User Picture]From: graceadieu
2006-07-30 12:16 am (UTC)


Please do, before the darn thing gets infected and turns into a mastoid. :( What a helluva thing to happen to you on your honeymoon!
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[User Picture]From: mart
2006-07-30 12:35 am (UTC)

Your doctor has an email address? For some strange reason, that seems crazy to me. Maybe this is one disadvantage of government-run/funded heathcare.

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[User Picture]From: graceadieu
2006-07-30 05:18 am (UTC)


That is odd, I agree. I have doctors I have been going to for 35 years, who are personal friends of Larry's and mine, and we don't have email addresses for them. This must be a result of Brad being a techy super star. :)
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[User Picture]From: flashfire
2006-07-30 07:57 am (UTC)
At least with an e-mail you ought to be able to read what the doctor writes.
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[User Picture]From: blech
2006-07-30 09:35 am (UTC)
The GP practice I'm with has a web site, including online appointment booking. You had to go through a slightly tedious bit of paperwork to get a username, but it seems to work.

That's in London, UK, though, so I think it's orthogonal to country / government funding. Mind you, the NHS is being deluged with technology at the moment (there's meant to be a computer system so doctors/patients can make hospital choices; I think it's partially rolled out) so I'm not entirely surprised.
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[User Picture]From: dakus
2006-07-29 09:37 pm (UTC)
can't wait for the photoset on this one!
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[User Picture]From: ellenlouise
2006-07-29 09:38 pm (UTC)
You should probably never leave the United States again.
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[User Picture]From: stalk_her
2006-07-30 12:41 am (UTC)
i know! haha
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[User Picture]From: flashfire
2006-07-29 10:14 pm (UTC)
What a nightmare. I hope it doesn't tarnish the rest of the enjoyment that was had elsewhere.
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From: josuah
2006-07-30 12:57 am (UTC)
Good luck with everything. Really hope your ear can be fixed, however they fix things like that. I'd be real unhappy if my hearing was permanently damaged. Sorry your trip ended up on such a sour note.
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[User Picture]From: nick
2006-07-30 01:46 am (UTC)

Hey Artur! Whose got the 'marriage won't survive the honeymoon' square in the betting pool? :-P
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[User Picture]From: crucially
2006-07-30 05:07 am (UTC)
There is no betting pool!
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[User Picture]From: loganb
2006-07-30 04:07 am (UTC)
Are you at all worried about the whole flying-with-a-broken-ear thing? You may not be able to do anything about it, but flying with a ruptured eardrum seems like it could be very painful/damaging. :(
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[User Picture]From: recompiler
2006-07-30 04:54 am (UTC)
He's right. If I were you I'd stock up on some pain killers for the flight. I try to make it out to dominican republic to do some diving every winter. Flying back with a waterlogged ear is worse then sitting next to a screaming baby after 3 sleepless nights at DEFCON. Can't even imagine what a ruptured ear drum might feel like.
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[User Picture]From: crucially
2006-07-30 05:07 am (UTC)
If the eardrum is reputered, equalising pressure should not be needed!
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From: imtho
2006-07-30 06:35 am (UTC)

Damn, this sucks.

I've seen an extra strength concentration of bad shit happening in the last few days. I hope it stops.

Definitely the biggest was last night, when my roommate crashed his bike going down the street to buy cigarettes.

Was pretty much okay -- he just had to have his right index finger amputated.

Simple acts with big consequences are difficult for me to grasp.

Don't know you Brad, but good luck on a full recovery of your ear.
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[User Picture]From: atomic_seamonki
2006-07-30 07:00 pm (UTC)
The last time I was in Spain it sucked hellaciously then too, and that was in the 80's.

Conclusion: Spain should be closed.

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