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Like A Dog To Its Own Vomit

Saturday 23 January 2010

We found ourselves in a familiar situation last night, waiting for the 8PM flight from SFO to MFR.

Yes, I know I said I was done with United and SFO. But in the off-season various airlines have cheap weekend-stay flights to fill up planes. The flights at these rates only depart (usually) on Friday or Saturday and one must return on Monday or Tuesday. United, being the only carrier with direct flights from anywhere in the Bay Area to Medford, is the only one of interest (Alaska/Horizon, are you listening?) for getting to Ashland.

Of course, this was also the week of The Big Drench on most of the Wet Coast, so I watched the status of the flights from SFO to MFR every day. United was canceling flights a day ahead of their scheduled departure, but always the morning flights. The 8PM flight was going out, although it was delayed a couple of times.

It says something that we considered ourselves lucky that the flight was only an hour and a half delayed, and thrilled when the delay was cut twenty minutes. Have we become complacent, or just dulled into submission? Maybe our avarice for Ashland has so overwhelmed us that rational behavior is derailed. But what are our choices in winter–drive and brave the Siskiyou Pass? Fly from San Jose through Portland or Seattle?

So if there’s a cheap flight to Ashland in the winter, we’ll be the ones gnashing our teeth near gate 77. sigh.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. cynthia permalink
    Sunday 24 January 2010 11:58 AM

    we’re just glad you’re willing to brave the delays and the weather and come and visit us. maybe its time for you or Martha to get your pilot’s license and ditch the bus service with wings for good. wouldn’t that be something?

  2. Sunday 24 January 2010 5:42 PM

    I’ve had my pilot’s license since 1989, but an aircraft that can brave the winter skies is beyond my means. But I’m happy to take donations and give credit where due.

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