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Friday, February 02, 2007 

Big Al's Airline Adventures

I went down to Long Beach, CA for a day last Sunday. I spent approximately 3 hours in the area before I boarded another plane to come back to the Bay Area. At the end of the day, I thought it was a little crazy how technology in transportation allows somebody to accomplish this. It may be crazy, but not necessarily new to Big Al. Over the last 4 years or so, I've been on many flights, and I thought I would give you some insight as to what I've done in my airline adventures.

American Airline Miles to Date (since Aug 2003):
258,976 miles

Highest American Airlines Status:
AAdvantage Platinum

Craziest flight day ever:
Leaving a vacation in Las Vegas, flying through LAX back to San Jose to repack my bags to fly back to LAX and then finally to London, England.

Single day day-trips:
Bay Area to Los Angeles region and back home (2003 & 2007)
San Jose to Seattle and back (2003)

Short Notice Trip #1:
Going to work on a Friday and getting notice to fly out to Seoul, South Korea the next morning for a week-long meeting.

Short Notice Trip #2:
Going to work on a Tuesday morning and getting on a red-eye flight to Atlanta, GA that night

Worst Delay:
SFO to Chicago but a 4 hour delay in MidAmerica Airport in Belleville, IL just to refuel to fly 20 miles to St. Louis Airport for another 8 hour delay. (August 2000)

Worst Place my Luggage has gone to:
San Jose, Costa Rica (SJO)

# of flights missed because of being stupid:
0

# of flight almost missed because of being stupid:
3
- Rome's Airport: going to gate 16 thinking I had seat 72 where instead I should have gone to Gate 72 and had seat 16. I almost missed my flight back to the US.
- San Jose Airport: getting to the airport really early and having breakfast and sitting down at the wrong gate. Luckily they called my name on the intercom.
- San Jose Airport: trying to check-in my bags and necessary computer equipment for a flight to Atlanta with less than 30 mins. My bags weren't guaranteed, but they made it there. I was late because I had to finish a basketball game.

The Business Trip that almost never ended:
I went to Irvine, CA for a supposed day trip in 2003. I ended up staying there from Monday to Thursday with no change of clothes. I did go back home Thursday night only to have to fly back Friday morning for a day trip. I eventually went back all week the next week but with clothes.

Worst experience at a foreign airport:
Coming in from Turino, IT into Orly Airport Paris, France and trying to make my connection at Charles De Gualle airport. According to the locals a bus was supposed to take me at platform 5, but it didn't show up. I ended up taking the subway which barely got me there.

Worse experience at a domestic airport:
Taking the hotel transport in Houston, TX to the airport. Houston has 2 airports and they took me to Houston Hobby (the larger of the 2) when I needed to get to Houston Bush. This was the only time in my life that I intended to get to the airport 2 hours early. Luckily I did because once I got to Bush I almost immediately had to board the flight.

Worst on plane experience:
Making the emergency landing. The flight was to go from Paris to Chicago, but fuel problems made us dump all of our fuel over the English Channel and land us in London.

Worst on plane experience (honorable mention):
The dude that was sitting next to me that was having seizures.

# of celebrities that I sat next to:
1 - Carlton Williamson, NFL All Pro and 3 time Super Bowl Champion of the 49ers

# of flights missed cuz of being stupid: 1

my friend and i discovered the $2 any shot w/ a beer deal for the first time....needless to say we missed a flight we had already checked in for cuz we were at the bar!! we almost missed the next flight they were able to put us on too! what can i say, we were young and stupid. we finally made it to sjc, and a very pissed off ted picked us up :)

Good words.

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