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Alb-msp-mem In Y &F - Plans Change!

Mon Dec 31, 2012 12:51 am

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I woke up on Saturday(12/22) with a sore throat verging on Laryngitis and a 6:20 flight. I had the flu a couple of days last week, and almost canceled the flight. I made through the airport screening line in about an hour and got on The Embraer 175, but not before getting my carry on gate checked (Normally not a problem with a 175, but I figured OK, I'll get it back at the gate.
For the drink service, I ordered a hot tea. it took a while, as the cart didn't have hot water, and it had to come from first class:

Of course, my seatmate was a Chatty Cathy. just what I needed.
The View was pretty much like this all the way:

coming over Lake Michigan:

Coming in over Minneapolis:

And then when I got off at MSP, my Bag was no where to be found! we were at the 'D' gates , and they had no provision for gate check bags. would I like to check it all the through? I polite declined and headed for the baggage claim office outside security, and then spent another hour and half in a security line.
I was going to roam around, but knew I needed to find my plane to Memphis. I did find this fellow:

and got some more tea from Caribou:

before finding my A319 to Memphis:

A Big Boy giving Santa a helping hand:

Quincy, IL:

Missouri River:

Yep, that looks like Memphis:

and then things got interesting. Like when the rental car place gave me the keys to a Hyundai Genesis (a $40,000 car) instead of a Chrysler 200. But that's another story:
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RE: Alb-msp-mem In Y &F - Plans Change!

Mon Dec 31, 2012 12:55 am

The trip was normal until Christmas evening. It started to snow, which was the first time it had snowed in Memphis on Christmas ever since records had been kept. It was still going Wednesday morning:

Mother had bought a top at the TJMaxx at summer center without trying it on, so we exchanged it:

And then shortly before lunch, Delta gave me a robocall: The flight from Atlanta to Albany had been cancelled, and they had rebooked me through Detroit leaving two hours later. Not much to worry about, so we went down and had lunch:

and then I got another Robocall: The flight from Detroit to Albany had been cancelled as well, and I was now booked to go back tomorrow via MSP. In seats 1C and 1a, as in First Class. A nice little present. The only hitch was the rental car company made me go back to the airport to extend the rental since I had booked it through hotwire.
When I got back I took a little walk through Overton Park:

This is the entrace to the Levitt Shell. It does like a guitar from this angle:
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RE: Alb-msp-mem In Y &F - Plans Change!

Mon Dec 31, 2012 1:01 am

As I said, The last time I heard from Delta, my seat assignment was 1C and 1A. I made it past security and was soon gazing on the horde of CRJ's that constitutes Delta's hub operation:

Did United break your guitar, Son? Never worry, the gift shop will sell you a new one:

A plane from the "real" Delta: a MD-88:

and a CRJ 900 from Pinnacle:

Plus the usual Fedex traffic:

And yes, I did have 1C:

After much pampering, (as in real glass, would like another refill? Let me take your coat, and have some more candy),

 we arrived in MSP with much snow:

No Recital today:

More snoopy:

and I did have seat 1a:

We took off about a half hour late. I was going to take a picture of the full meal that they served me, but I dropped my camera. Thankfully, some one else here had the a meal pretty much identical to minefrom HNL and posted it here, so you should get the idea
. We got to Albany about 11, and it was shortly before midnight before I left the economy parking (had to shovel out the car).
Not bad. Granted I would have liked to made it home on my original day, but this was a nice way to make up for it.
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RE: Alb-msp-mem In Y &F - Plans Change!

Mon Dec 31, 2012 2:38 am

Quoting Thread starter):
Of course, my seatmate was a Chatty Cathy. just what I needed.

And He/She really needed to sit next to an ill seatmate so they could be sick for Christmas!

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