Sunday, January 9, 2011

Ice Ice Baby

I was so excited for my first day of classes tomorrow. But they have been cancelled due to severe winter weather here in Mississippi. Severe weather, you say? But isn't the south supposed to be warm and pleasant? Wasn't this week supposed to be the week we got settled in to our new environment?

Well, after a wonderful day yesterday (congratulations Dan and Annika!), we had a day full of traveling woes. Our flight was totally packed, so some carryon rollers had to be gate checked, so we said goodbye to my bag until we reached Jackson (...remember this). We flew from Milwaukee to Atlanta with no problem, but had a 3 hour layover until our flight to Jackson. We waited and waited, and our flight ended up being about 30min late due to some crew members who were running late off their previous flight. We get onboard, and up up up we went into the winter storm system that is sweeping the south. It was the bumpiest flight I've ever been on. Actually, it was quite similar to Disneyworld's Tower of Terror. We landed in Jackson safely, but were not able to leave the plane. The crew was unable to attach the jetway to the plane because we were pulled up too far. And the plane couldn't go into reverse, so we had to wait for some poor cold crew members to tow the plan back a few feet so the jetway would reach. Also, someone "tripped" on the main power cord so all the lights and power in the plane shut off for a few minutes - how strange!! Finally, after about 30 min, we were able to leave. Remember my checked carryon bag? We went to the baggage claim and waited for it, but it never showed up. Finally, after all other bags were claimed, we went to the lost luggage office. And lo and behold, my bag was sitting outside the office, no one watching it, it was just sitting there...so we grabbed it and headed toward the shuttle which would take us to the parking lot. Remember the winter storm I mentioned? We didn't know what to expect, since we are from WI after all, and these southerners don't know what "winter" really means. But upon arriving to the parking lot, we found our car looking like this:








Thank goodness for a quick defrost and our heavy duty Wisconsin ice scraper! As we were pulling out of the lot, the machine wouldn't read our credit card, probably due to the cold and wetness, so we had to drive to the security office to pay in person. Gah!

Finally, 2 hours later than expected, we reached the home where we had been staying before we flew back to WI. Our puppies were happy to see us, and I was happy to see them. We can finally RELAX.

We are now all snuggled together watching Star Trek V and trying to stay warm. Since I have no class tomorrow, we will be cleaning our new apartment and unpacking and trying to continue adjusting to this strange new world called "the south."

2 comments:

  1. Have to laugh - at least until tomorrow, you have more snow than we do! At least you and Matt know how to deal with it (unlike the rest of the population down there).

    Sorry your first day of classes was called off - hard to start out a day behind!

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  2. Have to laugh - at least until tomorrow, you have more snow than we do! At least you and Matt know how to deal with it (unlike the rest of the population down there).

    Sorry your first day of classes was called off - hard to start out a day behind!

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