THIS PHOTO WAS TAKEN JUST PRIOR TO OUR LITTLE BUMPER CAR ACCIDENT
This past weekend Kevin and I went up to Bellingham, WA to visit his dad and his dad’s wife. We had been watching the weather so we knew it was going to be cold with a possibility of rain or snow on Sunday, the day we were coming home. Saturday was great, we spent the day touring around Bellingham and the surrounding towns. We had a wonderful lunch at a waterside restaurant where I had a Northwest Seafood Stew with clams, mussels, scallops, salmon, oysters and spicy sausage. Along with that was some great crusty rolls and butter. Yum is all I can say about that. Both Friday and Saturday nights we spent at the house visiting and reminiscing and looking at old family photos, one of my favorite things to do.
On Sunday, the plans were to have a nice lunch and then Barry and Dorothy would drop us off at the airport. Well, it had begun to snow sometime Sunday morning. By the time it was time to go to lunch the streets were covered with a layer of snow. Not very deep but it was white…see the photo. What we didn’t realize though was that underneath that snow there was a layer of ice. Everything started out fine. Dorothy has an all wheel drive Subaru that handles nicely in the inclement conditions. Well, it was difficult to see where the actual road was and at one point the right side tires left the regular road and in her attempt to get back on the road she over compensated and we began to fishtail back and forth from one side of the road to the other. There were bumper barriers and it was like we were in a bumper car ride…almost surreal though. I…having watched the movie “Airplane” several times assumed the “Crash Position” which consisted of me burying my head in Kevin’s side and arm. If we were going to crash or roll I had no desire to watch it happen! Well after zigging and zagging back and forth about four times the car finally came to a rest. We were blessed that the only car that was coming towards us was far enough away and saw what was happening so they stopped and we didn’t hit them too! It was amazing that the only damage to the car was a bit of a smunch on the front right corner of the bumper/fender and the front license plate was a bit smashed in. It could have been a lot worse! We decided right then that rather than go to lunch and then go to the airport, we should just head for the airport as the conditions were only getting worse.
Once at the airport and with hugs and goodbyes done Kevin and I proceeded to the Alaska Airlines check-in counter and got on the standby list for the earlier flight since we were there so early. Well this flight was completely full, so we spent a few hours in the Bellingham airport. It’s very small but it has a very decent snack bar and I had a wonderful bowl of New England Clam chowder. It was great, the clams were large and yummy!
Finally around 3:30 it was time for us to board our flight. So we went through the security check and then boarded the plane. Once the plane had been completely boarded the powers that be said that there had been a security breach and that all passengers were going to have to get all of their stuff and deplane and go back through the security check and then re-board. While we were waiting in line to get checked through security again the sheriff walked by us with a suspect in tow. I do have to say he did look very questionable. I’m still not sure what it was all about but by the time that we finally took off for Seattle Kevin and I were seriously concerned that we would not make our connecting flight in Seattle.
We arrived in Seattle and ran to the terminal transfer tram and just made it before the doors closed. Once we got off the tram we ran to our gate and barely made it as they were in the “Final Boarding” stage. Huffing and puffing and sweating we crammed our carry-ons into any available overhead space that we could find…no where near where we were sitting and made it to our seats. We got all buckled in and just started to relax when the flight attendant got on the loud speaker and informed the passengers that the Captain had been called off the plane due to a family emergency just prior to the doors being shut. Therefore, they had called in a new Captain who would be arriving in about an hour or an hour and a half. If we liked, we could deplane but stay near so that when the new Captain arrived we could all get back on our flight. So we opted to deplane, which meant taking all of our carry-ons back off as we had not eaten dinner and by now realized that we would be getting into San Diego kind of late. So…Burger King was where we ate since it was right at our gate.
Once the new Captain arrived in the airport they made the announcement that we were all to reboard the plane. So, everyone that had deboarded got back on the plane and we were again ready to leave. I noticed that I was hearing a lot of banging in the plane in the area that was right under our feet. I mentioned to Kevin that it sounded like they were going through all of the luggage in the cargo hold. Bang, bang, bang!!! Over and over. After a few minutes of this once again the flight attendant got on the loud speaker. “Ladies and Gentlemen, we have been informed that there is a malfunction in one of the cargo doors and it can’t be fixed. We are going to have to have you all gather all of your belongings and deplane. Please go to the gate next door and we will be boarding a new plane there once it arrives in about 20 minutes.” Yep. So…about 20 minutes later another plane arrives, empties, they clean it real fast and then we finally get back on that plane and low and behold this one actually took off with us on it! With all the on again off again of the different planes we only arrived about two hours later than we were supposed to.
But…it didn’t end there…when we arrived home we noticed that the whole neighborhood seemed to be very dark and the stop lights and street lights weren’t working. Turns out that power was out to 21,000 households and SDG&E still has no idea why it happened. Ours came back on around 45 minutes after we arrived home. But there was still power out this afternoon to other people in the area. Still waiting to see if they ever figured it out.
All in all a very non-boring weekend.