Gut Rumbles

March 07, 2006

shoulda expected it

I made it back home to the Crackerbox just before midnight last night. That plane trip was a fitting end to this adventure--- the cherry on top of a sundae--- which has been a series of disappointments except for getting to where I was supposed to be when I was supposed to be there.

Which is more than Delta Airlines can say for my luggage.

I never did start feeling really well again after I got sick in Jaco. I was a lot better--- but I coulda said that if I died. No, my case was more like going from absolutely miserable to NOT miserable anymore, but I never did start feeling right. My belly still hurt and I became weak (probably from dehydration) in the legs. But at least I wasn't hurling and pooping non-stop anymore.

When I travel, I try to pack as lightly as I can. For this trip, I took one small duffle bag and a camera in a case. I checked the bag so that I could bring a couple of cigarette lighters, a pair of moustache sissors and a set of nail-clippers with me. That plan worked perfectly on my trip TO Costa Rica. Everything arrived intact.

I did the same thing coming home. This time, however, my bag never arrived. I almost missed my connecting flight in Atlanta, too, by the time I realized that my bag was NOT on the plane I rode. I didn't have time to hunt for it or to fill out a missing luggage report. I had to run through the terminal to catch my plane home, which was the last flight to Savannah until this morning, and not leaving from the gate marked on my ticket. Bejus! Another long run with a subway ride in the middle.

I think Delta held that plane for me, because I was the last person to board--- 30 minutes AFTER the scheduled departure time.

That's one reason why I NEVER store my car keys in my luggage. I carry stuff like that either in my pocket or in my camera case, so I always KNOW where they are. That's why I was able to drive home from the airport last night.

I contacted Delta this morning and issued an APB for my missing bag. I have no doubt that they'll find it eventually, because an airline never actually "loses" anybody's luggage. Luggage simply is "routed in error" on rare occasions. Mine may have gone on a jaunt to Chicago for all I know. It may be flying somewhere else right now. Delta will jaunt it back to me when they discover where it got re-routed. I got my own ASS home just fine.

My point is that you should NEVER put anything you absolutely NEED to have in your check-on baggage, especially if not having that item can put a screeching hault to YOUR jaunt. Taking my own advice paid off for me last night.

If I never see that bag again, I've lost nothing really important-- just a few items of clothing, my vitamins and the souvenirs I bought. I want 'em back, but it's not a matter of life or death. Hell, I'm kinda fond of that BAG, too.

So, I went to a beautiful place, wasted a lot of beautiful time being sick, and had a shitty trip back home. I went straight to bed and slept for 11 hours last night. My belly still ain't right, my legs still wobble but the trip wasn't a complete disaster, either. I won $100 back from the casino and I got laid before I came home. I just wish I had felt well enough to really enjoy myself.

Now, if I can just locate my bag, I'll be ready to go back again soon.


welcome, about that picture of your 'date...

Posted by: stratguy on March 7, 2006 01:22 PM

It's amazing that with aiport security being what its supposed to be, you can get delayed because a passenger checks a bag then doesn't board the plane; but somehow you get on the plane and your bag doesn't.

Posted by: bottlestop on March 7, 2006 01:34 PM

There are really only two kinds of luggage: carry on, and lost.

And the airlines wonder why more and more people are trying to cram all of their stuff into the overhead bins ...

Posted by: maggot on March 7, 2006 01:46 PM

Flew from Denver to Memphis. In Memphis, no bag. THREE WEEKS later, found the bag in Juarez....just the bag! Yep, they found the bag without a gotdamn thing in it!...NUTHIN'! I hope they caught somethin' incurable sniffing my skid-marks - and there were plenty of WAS the end of a tour after all. and Gus have the same opinion of Mexican bandits.

Posted by: James Hooker- Male Stripper on March 7, 2006 02:12 PM

Hey, Rob, you're ONE IN TEN THOUSAND.

That's the number of pieces of luggage lost per day by US airlines!!!!

Posted by: Maggie on March 7, 2006 03:12 PM

Didn't they do that the last time you went?

Posted by: Dave S. on March 7, 2006 03:29 PM

I've got it down to a science. I never check baggage. I've traveled for a month at a time on just a carry-on bag. There's very few places in the world that you can't get your laundry done or buy something that you need. In fact I try to leave home with at least a third of the bag empty to accomodate the crap I end up buying. The only time I like to shop is when I travel.
Anyway, glad you're home safe amigo and hope the bad belly passes soon.

Posted by: Libby on March 7, 2006 03:51 PM

I think Delta held that plane for me, because I was the last person to board--- 30 minutes AFTER the scheduled departure time.

They do that for the last plane out. They once held a commuter for Chris and me as we were flying down from Fairbanks to spend a rescheduled Christmas with her folks in Chattanooga.

Though I'm surprised TSA lets them do that anymore. Smacks too much of decent customer service, and it could be regarded as a security risk somehow. They may not be able to think of a way, but that wouldn't stop 'em.

Posted by: McGehee on March 7, 2006 04:10 PM

Come to think of it, we had to go back to the Chattanooga airport next morning to collect our luggage on that same trip I just mentioned. If we'd taken our time we might not have outrun our suitcases.

Posted by: McGehee on March 7, 2006 04:12 PM

The worst part of traveling is the TRAVEL. Good suggestion about the car keys ... but I lock mine inside the car and use the digital touchpad on the driver's door to access when I get home ...

Posted by: Max Doubt on March 7, 2006 05:44 PM

FedEx. Send your luggage to the hotel and then FedEx it back. Works like a charm. I can't remember the last time I checked a bag.

Posted by: lambo on March 7, 2006 06:32 PM

i second the ol' fedex route

ship all your shit without sending up any red flags, and get more soveniers thru that you might have (in my case, read; booze)

Posted by: heath on March 7, 2006 07:35 PM

According to my cousin the airline pilot, no luggage is lost, it is bumped off the flight so the bird can carry enough fuel for the next leg and still meet weight and balance limits.

Think about that the next time a XXXL lardass sits next to you: two or three people won't get their bags at the other end!!!!

Posted by: RickT on March 7, 2006 09:57 PM

"because an airline never actually "loses" anybody's luggag" I beg to differ... Ever heard of 'Unclaimed Baggage" in Scottsboro, AL?

I live about 45 min from there and they get a LOT of baggage.

Posted by: Gmac on March 7, 2006 11:24 PM

I used to shop their often whenliving in Birmingham. I did not know they had an on-line outlet now...Hmmm... :)

Posted by: Steph on March 8, 2006 03:11 AM

If you are still "not right" after a week or so you probably picked up a nice little "rider". I suggest a course of Fisigyn(sp) (generic name is Protozole) . Do a three day set and all is killed.

Posted by: emdfl on March 8, 2006 08:48 AM

Forget the bags. Let's see the ticas.

Posted by: robert on March 8, 2006 10:39 AM

Glad you made it back, and muchas congarats on staying sober.

Posted by: disconnect on March 8, 2006 01:36 PM
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