How to miss a flight (attempting to visit Ben in Launceston)

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How to miss a flight (attempting to visit Ben in Launceston)

Postby zavk » Fri Oct 23, 2009 10:53 pm

Dear friends

Instead of having breakfast in/around Cataract Gorge in Launceston I'm here in a cafe in an inner Melbourne suburb. All because I missed my flight. Was hoping meet up with Ben this afternoon but looks like I'll have to do it later in the evening.

Why did I miss my flight? Story to follow after breakfast.....
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Re: How to miss a flight (attempting to visit Ben in Launceston)

Postby retrofuturist » Fri Oct 23, 2009 10:55 pm

Oh no, young Ed!

Don't let papanca ruin your breakfast!

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Re: How to miss a flight (attempting to visit Ben in Launceston)

Postby Ben » Fri Oct 23, 2009 10:57 pm

Ah yes, and it serves me well not to have my mobile (cell) phone on my person!
Sorry about that dear zavk!
At least, it gives us a bit more time to tidy the house before the guests arrive.
My mother-in-law is visiting from Melbourne as well today, so it should be an interesting day!
Weather is beautiful. Blue sky, slight breeze, expected top: 21 deg C.
Lookng forward to your arrival, Zavk.

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Re: How to miss a flight (attempting to visit Ben in Launceston)

Postby cooran » Fri Oct 23, 2009 11:25 pm

Oh Ed! :console:

Never mind - Ben is worth waiting for! And Ben - Ed is worth waiting for also! :hug:

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Re: How to miss a flight (attempting to visit Ben in Launceston)

Postby zavk » Sat Oct 24, 2009 12:04 am

Hmmmm... it looks like I'll be on the same 2.10pm flight as your mother-in-law, Ben.

So, how did I miss my flight?

    - Was feeling smug that because a part of my trip is work related I didn't have to pay for the 3-day parking at the Melbourne airport, airfare, accommodation, and car hire in Launceston.

    - Was feeling even more smug that I managed to weave into this trip a short weekend getaway with my partner

    - Thought that I didn't have to arrive at the airport early because I had already checked in online the night before--had the option to print my boarding pass too but couldn't do it because my printer was out of toner but I thought that I could easily print it at the self-service kiosk at the ariport

    - Left the house 5 minutes later than I had planned, but thought that it would be alright since the last time I drove to the airport it only took me half an hour; I had an hour to spare.

    - Had to take a detour because a section of a major freeway was closed off for roadworks

    - Couldn't travel quickly on the freeway because some lanes were closed off

    - While trying to negotiate the traffic missed the turn off to the city bypass that was the quickest route to the airport

    - Had to take a longer route to the airport

    - When arriving at the car park, turned into a gantry which wasn't working

    - Circled around two floors of the car park before finding a spot

    - Even though I had already checked in I couldn't enter the boarding area because I didn't have my boarding pass (see above)

    - Tried to print boarding pass at the self-service kiosk but it had stopped accepting requests for my flight which was departing in 10 minutes.

And that was how I missed my flight. Sigh.
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Re: How to miss a flight (attempting to visit Ben in Launceston)

Postby Ben » Sat Oct 24, 2009 12:15 am

Oh dear!
And it does look like you're on the same flight as my mother-in-law!!
If you can, just try and relax and go with the flow. You'll get here.
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Re: How to miss a flight (attempting to visit Ben in Launceston)

Postby zavk » Sat Oct 24, 2009 12:23 am

Hi Ben

Yes, I'm no longer upset.

I did get very anxious up till the point at the airport when I knew for sure that I wasn't going to make my flight. If I were more accomplished in the Dhamma, I would have seen the futility of being anxious even before that. But in any case, I did feel a sense of release when I finally accepted my plight. The whole incident became quite bemusing after that. :smile:
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Re: How to miss a flight (attempting to visit Ben in Launceston)

Postby Individual » Sat Oct 24, 2009 12:25 am

zavk wrote:Thought that I didn't have to arrive at the airport early

I think this accounts for 99% of all missed flights, because every time it happens, I've always heard that same reason.
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Re: How to miss a flight (attempting to visit Ben in Launceston)

Postby zavk » Sat Oct 24, 2009 12:30 am

Individual wrote:
zavk wrote:Thought that I didn't have to arrive at the airport early

I think this accounts for 99% of all missed flights, because every time it happens, I've always heard that same reason.


Hahaha yes.... I think this pretty much accounts for most sticky situations that people get themselves into.

Or as the Steven Seagal flick Under Siege 2 (yes, I have seen the film) puts it so eloquently:

Assumption is the mother of all *bleep*

(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wg4trPZFUwc)
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Re: How to miss a flight (attempting to visit Ben in Launceston)

Postby Ben » Sat Oct 24, 2009 12:39 am

Ok, I'm going to meditate for awhile.
Please feel free to call or send an sms if you need to.
Cheers

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Re: How to miss a flight (attempting to visit Ben in Launceston)

Postby Individual » Sat Oct 24, 2009 2:26 am

Zavk, it's good to see you make light of the situation. I hope you aren't too hard on yourself and you enjoy your time with Ben, soon!
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Re: How to miss a flight (attempting to visit Ben in Launceston)

Postby christopher::: » Sat Oct 24, 2009 5:58 am

LOL, this is why my friend Larry usually tries to get to airports at least a day ahead, setting up tent and cots over by the waiting area...

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Re: How to miss a flight (attempting to visit Ben in Launceston)

Postby cooran » Sat Oct 24, 2009 8:15 am

Hello Ed and Ben,

Image


Are we there yet?

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Re: How to miss a flight (attempting to visit Ben in Launceston)

Postby Ben » Sat Oct 24, 2009 8:20 am

Hi Chris

I expect Ed and his partner to be just finishing desert at the restaurant and he'll be over shortly after that.
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Re: How to miss a flight (attempting to visit Ben in Launceston)

Postby zavk » Sat Oct 24, 2009 11:47 am

Hi friends

Launceston is beautiful. And Ben has a beautiful family. It was great meeting them. A bit of drama this morning but nothing that, honestly, wasn't self-inflicted. But I'm here now and I plan to have as nice a time as I can.

:)
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Re: How to miss a flight (attempting to visit Ben in Launceston)

Postby Ben » Sat Oct 24, 2009 8:26 pm

Thanks Ed
It was great to meet you and your partner last night!
Have a great day today exploring Launnie!
My wife's off to adult (horse) riders' club and I'll be swimming laps and hanging out with my boys.
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Re: How to miss a flight (attempting to visit Ben in Launceston)

Postby christopher::: » Sat Oct 24, 2009 9:41 pm

Glad to hear everything turned out well and you all got together!

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Postby zavk » Tue Oct 27, 2009 4:54 am

Here's a photo of the two of us:
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