July 30

Back in the USA

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We made it back without a hitch. It’s only fair since I savaged Continental for its part in our fiasco getting to Europe to give them credit where credit is due. All the Continental flights – Edinburgh to Newark; Newark to LAX – left on time and arrived early. And all our baggage made the trip with us. We had a three hour plus layover in Newark, which we spent in the Continental President’s Club. I had always heard that the Newark President’s Club was the bomb, so I was looking forward to spending some time there. Let me tell you, it ain’t shucks up to the side of the Virgin lounge in LAX, not to mention the one at Heathrow. The Newark lounge is big, really big, but aside from size, it’s not much different from any other VIP lounge.
We’ve gone through the mountain of mail and messages that always lay in wait for anyone coming home from a long vacation. And we’ve finally decompressed from the trip and have shed our jet lag. And best of all, I have reliable internet service for the first time in several weeks. So, I’m back in the blogging saddle. It’s good to be home.


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  1. I’m very happy you’re home safe and sound!
    Your blog is one of the highlights of my day. (I know–I should get a life!)
    I have a ton of questions for you, but I’ll wait for a while till you get settled and caught up….
    Thanks SO much for taking the time to share with us all!!!!
    Hi Sueparl–
    Hey, if you’re reading this blog, you have a life.
    Thanks for the kind words.  I really appreciate the feedback.
    Cheers–
    MRE 

  2. Glad you both made it back in one piece and with uneventful flights, too!
    Did you happen to catch this?:
    http://www.cnn.com/2007/TRAVEL/07/23/passport.mess.ap/index.html?iref=newssearch
    And it looks like we weren’t the only ones to have experienced a mess at the passport office:
    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/low/uk_politics/486821.stm
    Hi Esther–
    Thanks for the articles on the passport mess.  I love the one about the federal official accepting the blame.  Said official said:

    I accept complete responsibility for this.

    Hmm.  Does that mean this person will reimburse all the people who spent thousands of dollars on non-refundable flights and vacation plans for their expense?  It’s easy to say I accept responsibility.  It’s another thing to really take responsibility and do something about the problems you’ve caused.
    Apologies without action is a big bunch of BS as far as I’m concerned.
    Cheers–
    MRE 

  3. I’m so glad you had a safe trip home. I enjoyed your vacation blog and photos very much.
    Hi Monty–
    Thanks for the kind words and the good wishes.  It’s good to be back.
    Cheers–

    MRE

  4. Air travel sucks these days. DH travels almost every week. Sunday he left the house at 8:30 am for a quick flight to Florida (we’re in Maine). He didn’t arrive in his hotel room until 2:00 am (that’s Monday morning!). USAirways.
    He was recently stuck in Washington Dulles. His flight out of Phoenix was delayed, so he missed his connection. This was on a Thursday at around 11:00 pm. They told him the next flight they could get him on was SUNDAY! And he’s the “Gold Elite” or whatever nonsense level USAirways has that means nothing. He ended up getting a flight to Laguardia and then renting a car and driving the rest of the way to Maine.
    And you have no recourse with the airlines!
    Sorry. Done ranting.
    Glad you’re back!
    Hi Kathy–
    No one knows better than I how badly air travel sucks these days.  A normal, on-time flight seems to be the exception.
    I hate to hear that your DH had a problem flying out of Maine because the next plane trip I have to make is to Maine.  I hope he’s used up all the bad airline ju ju so that I don’t get any of it.
    I’m glad to be back.
    Cheers–
    MRE 

  5. Hey, if you’re coming to Maine, you might be able to speak at a future Lunch & Learn after all!
    Just kidding! You might want to make a side trip to the Women to Women Center in Yarmouth, though, to find out why they’re bad-mouthing Protein Power and other low-carb plans.
    On a serious note, are you speaking somewhere in Maine? If it’s open to the public, I’d love to attend.
    Hi Kathy–
    We’re not speaking anywhere.  We’ve got to go to Portland for a meeting with some business associates.
    Maybe when Taubes’ book comes out the folks at Women to Women will change their tune. 
    Cheers–
    MRE 

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