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It's good to be home again.

I won't say it wasn't a swell trip. We saw friends, had a good time at Boskone and the New York City Comicon, did business, enjoyed a great dinner with my family...

Getting the norovirus in the middle of our travels did kind of suck, however, and then on our way home, Parris had her luggage robbed. Someone opened a locked suitcase and stole her ipod and a whole bunch of new peripherals that she'd just bought at the Apple Store in NYC. They also stole the two locks. (Both brand new "TSA approved" locks, I might add. So far as I can see, locking your luggage with a TSA approved lock is completely useless, since everyone and his brother has the keys. And of course you're no longer allowed to use locks that might actually keep thieves out of your luggage. It's all to make us more "secure," hoo hah).

She's getting the usual run-around as regards to filing a claim for the stolen items. TSA blames the airline, the airline blames TSA, and no one takes any responsibility. Continental Airlines has been especially useless. TSA and the police have actually been treating Parris with courtesy and doing what they can to help her, but from Continental she's gotten nothing but phone trees, disconnects, brush-offs from disinterested "customer service" people, and repeated refrains of "it's not our responsibility" -- though indications are that it is the Continental baggage handlers who are the culprits here.

We also had trouble with Continental on the way east, but that was in connection with our carry-on luggage. We were seated in row 19 out of Houston to Boston, yet by the time we were allowed to board ALL the overhead space on the plane had been filled by the passengers seated in rows 20 and back, so an especially obnoxious flight attendant insisted that I check my carry on (not even a wheelie, but a nylon shoulder bag), and threatened to call "security" and have me removed from the plane when I refused to give it to her (the bag contains valuables and personal items that cannot be checked). I told her the bag would fit under the seat, but she refused to believe me, choosing to go by her own three-second "eyeball" inspection of the bag rather than listen to my assurances. That damn bag is TWENTY YEARS OLD and has fit under many airline seats over the decades. I have crossed oceans with the bag under the seat in front of me, I was trying to tell her... but she didn't want to listen, she just wanted to threaten me with the FAA. Fortunately an older and wiser flight attendant intervened before this young obnoxious one could throw me off the plane, and actually helped, opening an overhead bin, turning one of those monstrous carry-on "rollers" sideways, and making room for my shoulder bag. If not for her, I might have been dragged off my flight.

Anyway, Continental Airlines has moved right to the bottom of our list as "airline we are least likely ever to fly again." They won't let you carry on your valuables, and if you check your stuff, they steal it.

But enough venting. We DID have fun on the trip as well, when we weren't throwing up or being robbed. Boskone is still a great con, although the new hotel is a definite step down, and we had a good time at the New York City Comicon, where I did signings for Tor, Bantam, and DBPro/Marvel, got to meet the entire amazing Dabel clan, and did all sorts of business.

Even so... it IS good to be home.


Mar. 6th, 2007 03:51 am (UTC)
Re: This is karma
Being there for the first one just confirms that he's an old man. I implore him to find proof that it was called Comicon. As I said before, it's the internet. You can find anything.

Me saying they deserve to be ill for it is clearly a joke. I'm a Christian, I don't believe in karma. But in all honesty, I think it's a very good thing that he canceled the pizza gimmick, because I really want to see Ice and Fire be finished. George stuffing his face with junk food is just gonna bring him closer to that heart attack. It was probably God's intervention.
Mar. 6th, 2007 05:08 am (UTC)
Re: This is karma
How Christian of you.

Mar. 6th, 2007 05:27 am (UTC)
put down the shovel, and step away from the hole.

Mar. 6th, 2007 12:40 pm (UTC)
Re: fella
Mind you, the deeper the hole, the less chance they'll find the body later.

Sorry to hear about all the travel difficulties, but glad you're finally home safe and sound. I only wish you weren't having to expend energy raving at airline agents who obviously couldn't care less.
Mar. 6th, 2007 12:49 pm (UTC)
Re: fella
Keep an eye on that shovel. I have uses for it.
Mar. 10th, 2007 05:29 am (UTC)
Re: This is karma
Oh, yeah. You're such a Christian that you call a man an ignorant cunt.

Troll. Check

Sexist. Check.

Rude. Check.

Possessed of an assinine need to harrass a man over something as inconsequential as the term 'comicon'. Check.

You're no more a Christian than I'm Queen Elizabeth.


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