I am in Raleigh this week …

In case anybody cares. It’s been a little more than a month since I was last here — trip to Europe and then bicycle crash have kept me away from the mothership.

Southwest — the Greyhound of the skies — boned me by boarding me onto a flight from Providence to Baltimore that was predestined to miss its connection to Raleigh. I found myself wandering the halls of BWI looking for a hotel room but none were to be found. Southwest’s response to my predicament was a shrug and a little green slip with an 800 number on it. I called the 800 number and the person said, “Nope. No rooms around Baltimore.” So I kept at it, made friends with Matt at the Holiday Inn Express in nearby Arundel, buttered him up using the Jim Forbes technique of being nice to those most under siege, and finally snagged a last minute cancellation. In bed at 1 am and back up at 5 for the shuttle ride back to the airport. I paid $30 an hour for the mattress time and the shower.
Business travel utterly, absolutely, positively sucks. Wheeled luggage, headset borgs, USA Today, the aftershave stench of hazelnut flavored coffee … I feel horrible, as if I rushed back to work too soon, find that brain medications like Fioricet do not mix well with spreadsheets … whine, whine, whine.

Author: David Churbuck

Cape Codder with an itch to write

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  1. Fioricet … miserable, sickening stuff … took them once for migraines … took too many actually and crashed my car …

    “You can turn your back on a person, but never turn your back on a drug, especially when its waving a razor sharp hunting knife in your eye.”

  2. Fioricet is miserable stuff. I feel seasick all the time and STILL have migraines. Migraines are new to me. I’ve had headaches, but man oh man, these redefine headaches.

    Now I know why trepanning was so popular before pharmaceuticals.

  3. Fioricet is actually midway through the migraine protocol. Trust me, as a migraine sufferer, the drug of choice is still Imitrex. Nonaddictive, only works on migraines… love the stuff.

    To be fair to SouthWest, I have had only two bad incidents with them in over 65+ trips. In both cases, they compensated me a room and got my luggage to me within 12 hours.

    Jet Blue doesn’t fly out of my neighboring airport, but I have flown on them in the past; quite enjoyable. The DirecTV on the flight was a welcome entertainment choice.

    I would like to see laptop plugs and data ports on flights; free WiFi would be nice too, but probably not forthcoming.

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