Monday, October 06, 2008

Another Monday, Another Meltdown

In my mind's eye, at least, Portland is "just up the road", a place that when the stars align I can fly to faster than I can drive to Santa Rosa. But not this Monday when my door-to-door travels took twice as long as last week's return from the Atlantic Coast.

It was clear that it was Monday when after reading about the latest Wall Street meltdown and checking the status of one of my own modest investments, that I arrived at the United counter, swiped my card to be told that my flight was canceled and that the next available direct flight would get me there at 10 a.m....on Tuesday! After seeing options routing me through LA, Las Vegas and St. Louis (seriously) in order to arrive the same day, I finally sighed and accepted the option of routing through Eugene. After five hours of recharging various portable devices while sitting on the floor of the chaotic SFO United terminal, having two additional hours at Eugene's spotless little airport had a calming, Zen-like impact. They were even playing Native American chants on the sound system.

Sadly, my meet up with Rich Bachelor and Aunty Christ won't happen this trip, which we're all bummed about since our packed schedules won't match up. But I did have a nice phone conversation with Rich this evening.

Wish me luck for the remaining three days of the trip.

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At 11:07 AM, Blogger mouse (aka kimy) said...

the eugene airport is just the cutest little place....too bad you were on such a time crunch...and eugene is just a stop on the way to portland it's great little town...of course I also think portland is a great bigger town. hope the rest of the trip goes smoothly.....

no more meltdowns!!

At 5:55 PM, Blogger Ladrón de Basura (a.k.a. Junk Thief) said...

Mouse - Actually I was in Eugene most of Tuesday and Wednesday morning. I know Eugene well and am now in Tigard which I used to make the mistake of pronouncing as if it were the feisty feline in Winnie the Pooh.

At 5:43 PM, Blogger mouse (aka kimy) said...

sweet... did you perchance at at a very wonderful and tasty thai place in eugene on tuesday night....the name escapes of my best buds from graduate school in CT 'retired' and moved to eugene several years ago.... what a wonderful community! oregon is such an interesting state....yet (as with most things) so full of contradictions.....I had hoped to have made a fall trip to the pnw but circumstances have postponed that trip until 2009

At 6:03 PM, Blogger Ladrón de Basura (a.k.a. Junk Thief) said...

Mouse - Despite the calamities of first day travel this was such a great trip, even if it was almost all work. Donors in Oregon are all so pleasant, progressive and caring -- ranging in ages from 27 to 88 and all so engaged, concerned about the future of the world, passing on favorite books for me to read and nice muffins for long drives.


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