December 23, 2007
Hello from Denver International Airport
Yes! Another airport with free wi-fi! The other one that I know of being Richmond, Virginia. This is a new development for Denver, I believe - and it's not as classy as Richmond, where it was free, easy, and a very fast connection. Here at DIA, it's "sponsored" (meaning one has to view a 30-second ad at the beginning and agree with a user contract), there's a thick band at the top of the web window taken up by extra stuff, and it loads at the pace of a snail carrying a boulder on its back. But hey! It's here and it's free. So I am thankful. Plus in so many other ways I love the Denver airport. Spacious, open, good food choices (Pour la France and Mexican stuff, for example), and entertaining moving walkways right by the boarding gates :-).
Well, flights one and two of three today went very well! Thank you, God, for saying yes to our requests that fog not delay our nine-hour flight from London Heathrow to Chicago, and for the continued on-time success in the form of our two-hour flight from O'Hare here to Denver.
Now the third flight, to Aspen, has been delayed a few times (about 90 minutes now I think), so we'll see what happens. But in any case, we are the huge bulk of the way to our destination. We made it across the Atlantic Ocean, across the Great Lakes, across the plains, and if necessary, we could drive the last 4 hours (but we'd rather take the 20 minute flight). It would be a large challenge tonight, as it is already 3:45am tomorrow body time at this point. So I'm rooting hard for our flight to happen.
Yesterday my parents' flight from Washington to Denver was successful, but their flight to Aspen was cancelled, along with all the others but one (maybe 11 or so). They were shuttled there in a van for 4 hours, with one Italian and 3 Germans. They took it all in stride, from what I can tell.
Also yesterday, David's mother's flight from San Francisco was cancelled (due to the same day-long snowstorm which means wonderful things for our ski holiday). But she was able to get a rescheduled flight in today, which was fruitful. So we have three grandparents awaiting us at the house up in the snowy Rockies. Fabulous. Can't wait to get there (*yawn*).
Kids have been great. I got to watch three entire, uninterrupted movies on the long leg - because there were some acceptable movies (to us) for the kids to watch, too, now that they are getting so old (Ratatouille, The Ultimate Gift, Bourne Ultimatum).
Well, my mind is shutting down now. We left our house 19 hours ago...and have been in a taxi, on two planes, on a monorail and various subway-type trains, and a myriad of moving walkways. A bed is sounding really good. 4:10am now - no wait, locally it's only 9:10pm. That's still close to bedtime!
*UPDATE TWO MINUTES LATER*
Our flight was just cancelled. Sigh. They are talking about "arranging ground transportation in the morning." I guess it's a hotel near DIA for tonight...I wonder whether we will be able to get our luggage tonight. Hopefully in time for Christmas at least!
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