Tuesday, January 02, 2007

Home at last

Nell and I got home from our enjoyable/perpetually frustrating christmas sojourn to Colorado yesterday at about 8:00 pm. Frustrating because of the weather. We were originally going to fly, but our flight was cancelled due to blizzard in Colorado mere minutes before we boarded the flight. So we waited in line at the airport for a good while to reschedule our flight, and we eventually did so. Unfortunately, Denver International Airport was still closed when our second flight was scheduled to depart. Again we tried to reschedule, only to learn that there were no available seats to Colorado until after Christmas.

And so we drove. Long drive, but at least we got there before the big day. Fun with family, lots of presents, etc., and then came time to leave. In comes blizzard #2. Interstate 70 was closed from Denver to mid-Kansas. And so we waited, and checked the net and called the road condition hotline. And the road remained closed. Ironically, the airport was open and functioning fine. The airports were closed when we wanted to fly there, and the roads were closed when we wanted to drive home.

It could have been worse, of course. Unlike many people, we didn't have to spend any nights at the airport, nor did we ever have to sleep in the car. And we did eventually get home, safe and sound. Looking back, the result of the delays was more time with our families, so we have no real complaints.

A side note: books on tape (or on CD actually) totally rule! Nell and I passed the time on our return trip listening to "In Cold Blood" by Truman Capote. Absolutely fantastic. I read the book in high school, but listening to it was awesome. If you have a long period of time you need to pass, spend the bucks and get a book on tape (or CD).


Blogger Ally said...

I agree about books on CD, although I never would have thought I'd enjoy them. FYI, public libraries have pretty decent selections of books on tape/CD, and in the South at least, you can rent them from Cracker Barrels and then return them to any other location.

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