OK, for those of you who are left ... I Fu**ing hate flying. Seriously. What the Fu** is wrong with the airline industry? I am ashamed to work for the aerospace industry and contribute in any way shape or form to the perpetuation of this insanity.
Here is my dilemma; I live in Illinois and Handsome Chris lives in Oklahoma. It is a 12 hour drive one way, so 24 hours round trip. It is a 2 hour flight one way, combined with the drive to O'Hare, the parking, the check in, the security, the waiting, it is approximately a 6 hour endeavor one way.
The round trip cost of driving is $200. The round trip cost of flying (with gas, parking and plan ticket) is $300 - BUT I cut my travel time in half. I seems like a smart move to fly so that I can have more time in Oklahoma. Unless something goes wrong.
Today, things did indeed go wrong.
As I was driving to O'Hare, I received a flight status alert courtesy of my smart phone and United Airlines. A one and a half hour delay. Okay, fine. I would take advantage of the extra time to stop for supper in the 'burbs instead of eating at the airport.
After eating I get back on the road to reach the airport in time. It is 5pm~ish on a Friday in Chicago, I plan on parking in the very remote lot F (only $7 per day!) which means I have to take the shuttle bus to the airport. Security plus the labyrinth of O'Hare still await me.
As I am parking, I receive another flight delay status. Then, after I am at the assigned gate, I receive yet another flight delay status - and a gate change.
Fu** you United. I didn't arrive to Oklahoma until 11pm. I could have driven there and arrived at 10pm. For less money and less hassle.
Oh, and the kicker? My return flight was also delayed, so I missed all my Monday morning meetings with Boeing. Yes, I do indeed see the irony.
Next time, I will drive the 24 hours round trip even if it means I will only be in Oklahoma for 36 hours.
Bah to this Friday.