The Flight from Hell

Sixteen hours in Newark.
A lot of it is recorded in the text alerts:
Translation: the AC is malfunctioning and the cabin is 100F
They have to cool it down.
(Kind of hard to depart in 10 minutes if everyone is still in the terminal)
Translation: all westbound flights are grounded because of weather.
We board. We wait on the tarmac, there's a long queue for the runway. There's a lurid sunset.
Plane is broken.
We return to a gate (that takes a while, we have to wait for one to clear).
At this point, the flight attendants meet their time limit and a new crew has to be located.
I think more weather issues are involved -- lightning and flight pattern closures.
And catering. They have to refresh the catering. This detail annoys everyone.
We reboard. We wait at the gate. And wait. The tow is broken and another is found.
We finally amble onto the tarmac.
The pilots meet their time limit.
We return to the gate.
They can't find anyone to drive the gateway.
Passengers start yelling.
The line at Customer Service to rebook is very long and since my seat was in the back of the plane, I am near the end of it. When the last agent leaves at 3:30am, there are maybe 25 of us without new boarding passes. Most leave in a mob to the lobby. Four of us like the look of being first in line when CS reopens at 5am, staying inside security, and having carpet to loll upon (most of Terminal C is linoleum).
Add to the mix a forecast of thunderstorms that will start around 1pm.

5:15 am: get a 1:00 direct flight, same seat. Hmmmm. Will I beat the weather?
Lurid sunrise. 5:24
Trying standby seems worth a shot, since I have nothing better to do.
The 6am to LAX is already boarding, nevermind.
I go to the 7am LAX gate -- first in line! -- and add my name to the list.

I am Standby #6, because of my lowly miles status.

I am the last passenger to board the flight, with a window seat, no less. Whew!
It is an uneventful journey (aside from the new terrible high tech window which remained in "blackout" mode until Arizona).
You can barely see the plane's wing. This is the view at 10am.
I pushed that button many many times, with no success.
The flight attendants had my side of the plane on "blackout" override.
So much for doing artwork of the landscape patterns.
Super annoyed.
SO glad to be home!

[added 7/23] 
I WILL say that the crews and all the agents (that I observed) were GREAT. One of the pilots kept us abreast of what was ACTUALLY transpiring vs the vague text alerts that we got. He was even willing to take the blame (and gave us his name, which I immediately forgot) if anyone wanted to spew angry words at United.
Also, I only heard three episodes of a passenger yelling (one guy twice). 

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Super Delicious Shrimp

This is a one-pan dish that we love!
Super Delicious Shrimp
serves 4 -- makes a great leftover!


  • 3/4 lb Shrimp, peeled and deveined (about 3 dozen medium)

  • 2tb olive oil
  • 1/2 medium onion, chopped
  • 2-3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 tsp saffron threads

  • 1 14oz can Rotel or other tomato/chile mix
  • 2 chipotle peppers (the canned in adobo sauce kind), chopped fine
  • 1/2c white wine


  1. Saute onions and garlic in olive oil in a skillet
  2. Add saffron
  3. Add Rotel, chipotles, wine -- let simmer for 5 minutes
  4. Add shrimp, simmer until shrimp is opaque/cooked

We like to serve it over rice.


The Adironack Experience

The Adirondack Experience is the new name for the Adirondack Museum at Blue Mountain Lake, NY.
I coerced my mom and Severo into joining me to meet up with Shelbee and her sons.
It took Shelbee a while to make her way south from Watertown (road construction) so we ambled around and took in some of the sights.
A little house on stumps.
Replication of an artist's studio cabin.
WARNING: TAXIDERMY FOLLOWS -- if stuffed animals upset you, stop now!

I'll give you some space...


OK, here goes:
Deer hoof coat rack in the cabin.
We found an exhibition dedicated to taxidermy in the gallery.
Deer hoof inkwell
Bird foot goblets
Flayed fish
Gambling squirrels
Boxing squirrels sans tails
Rabbits' Village School
Glass eyes
Did not take photos of the stuffed dogs and cats because, too sad (and creepy).

We finally rendezvoused with Shelbee, but Severo went missing in the process. (Bad cell reception, he didn't get my "Where are you?" texts). We frolicked in the main building a bit, but soon the boys got antsy and needed to run around outside, so we exited without seeing the entire thing. (I've been before, so not tragic).
Here's a funny moment:
Archie as a mad scientist
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