Friday, May 30, 2008

Its a Bloody long way

Well, Australia is a "Bloody Long Way"  Just like all the signs say.   I have returned home to Casa de Tronster and realized I have not updated in a couple of weeks.  The nerve of the webmaster huh.  Well, here is an update.

My return from Australia could have gone a little smoother.  For one thing, it is a 13 hour flight from Melbourne to LAX. The airlines would not let me carry the carry on items I had carried when coming to Australia, so I had to check an additional bag.  Great, I had to purchase a TSA approved lock in Melburne's airport.  There goes the last $20 Aussie dollars I had.  So I get on the flight. I was thinking I had a short turn around in LA, so I hurried through the Passport control and customs situation as quickly as I could.  Got my luggage off the carousel and had to re-check to the airlines.  No problem.  Two pieces, quickly through and I am off.  The good news was I was in the same terminal I would need to be to get on my next flight to Dulles in Washington DC.  Well, I pull out my boarding pass, and to my astonishment, I had 6 hours until boarding.  6 HOURS!! Now what?  Well, I go to Americans Ticket counter to see about an earlier flight that I could catch.  I was informed there is no earlier flights, but there is one 4 hours after the one I was going to take.  Well, that sucks, I will just wait.  So I find a place to charge my Iphone and start calling friends back in DC.  Board my flight at the appointed time, in my appointed time slot.  To my horror, I am stuck in the middle of a family of 5.  Mom. dad, and 3 kids, all under 6 years old.  I am thinking, Here comes a 5 hour flight listening to screaming young kids.  Awesome!!  Turns out, they were well behaved and I even enjoyed playing Peek a boo with one of them for the last 20 minutes of the flight.
As I am waiting in DC for my luggage, I see my first piece come down.  I grab it and wait for piece number two.  And I wait. And I wait.  45 minutes, nothing.  I go to the Luggage claim service to begin my Lost luggage claim.  She askes me to check the other carousel, it might have came up on the other one. (Evidently there were a few flights that landed close to one another and some of the bags were mixed up)  So I check it out and return to the office and explained that I am still missing my luggage.  We begin the process and one of the handlers walks up and informs me that my luggage arrived on an earlier flight.  Great news, I have all my bags and now I can go home and attempt to get some sleep.

But wait.......

If my bags arrived on an earlier flight, why couldn't my butt be on the flight?  We will never know the depth of the conspiracy to delay a return of the Tronster.

Saturday, May 17, 2008

Hello from Down Under

Well, I am here in Australia living it up.  Not exactly living it up, but working.  I have been here a few days, and although the Aussies speak a form of the English language, it is tough to understand sometimes.  Also, it is very expensive here.  I bought a couple of bottled teas from the 7 11 on the corner.  $3.60 each.  For all you BUTT suckers it is $13 for a pack of smokes.  There is joke between my colleagues and I that is you leave the hotel it will cost you $20.  It is close to the truth.

Today is my getting out and about day, and I plan on visiting the local attractions.  I am excited about the opportunity, however, it will probably rain all day.  Never fear, the hotel will provide me with an umbrella.  

Things are different here.  For one thing, this part of Australia likes AFL football.  Its not soccer or Rugby, but similar.  The games are very exciting and fast paced, but the rules are a little hard to follow.  I did watch a match the other night, and found it entertaining.  Which is good, considering the hotel offers 5 sports channels, not much else.

Take care and come back for more exciting adventures

Friday, May 09, 2008

Update for my readers

Sometimes we do what we want, the rest of the time we do what we have
to. On occasian we can do both. For instance, I have to go to
Australia, somewhere I have always wanted to go. Lucky me. I will
soon be updating from the road once again. I am not looking forward to
the long flight in cattle class of American Airlines, but sometimes
you just have to take one for the team. This will be my sixth
continent visited. Not sure how I will get to number seven, but it is
now a goal in life.
In other news, it would appear that my TomTom software update program
works on my Mac. That is excellant news for me. The 29 min file
transfer is a little boring, but we will see if the new map has my
street programed.

Have a great day!

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