Friday, March 27

Doing the airport shuffle

Well the good news is I am on my way! Talk about making it hard to get to Australia! And to top is all off a HUGE storm was brewing in San Antonio today just as I was about to leave on my rebooked journey, so I asked Jo to take me to the airport early (I didn't want her driving in hail) which meant that I could beg my way onto an even earlier flight in the hopes it would get out before the storm. I was partially successful in that I got on the earlier flight, but not so lucky with the storm, which was basically in top of us as we were leaving San Antonio. Pilot told us it was going to be bumpy, and I was surprisingly relaxed (I am not a super good flyer...) Well, about 2 mins out of San Antonio and still climbing THE PLANE WAS HIT BY LIGHTNING!! Wham bam thank you storm! Long story short of course it was fine, and I didn't even freak out much. It was bright and very loud but I kept thinking Faraday cages and static dispersal and comforting things like that. I did, however, order a whiskey...straight up.

Now I am in LAX, bags checked and boarding pass to Melbourne in my freezing little hands. Yay for free wireless so I'm playing wow to pass the 5 or so hours I need to kill here. Still better to be waiting here than in some other airport watching the departure time getting later and later. All going well I'll arrive in Tassie a few hours before the wedding, so time to shower and have a coffee. Dress code is glamorous but at this point I'm shooting for awake and standing!

6 comments:

Big A said...

No! No! I don't want to hear about lightning strikes. I'm flying on Sunday.

But so glad that you are on your way.

Jac said...

It was fine really, like the pilot said, their built to handle it. I'd take the lightning over the bumps anyday.

Laura said...

Glad to hear today's travel is going better than yesterday's. I hope that trend continues.

I was in a plane that got hit by lightning, on my way from Barcelona to Madrid. There was a gigantic *BOOM* and I thought ETA had bombed us and I was waiting for the depressurizing to start when the pilot got on the intercom and explained what had actually happened. Other than the boom, and what that did to my heart rate, it was a surprisingly mild incident.

BandC said...

OMG! What a brave cookie you are to have stayed calm! Kinda interesting experience though :) Here's to a very non-eventful flight to Oz. Enjoy some movies and the wedding once you land.

booradley said...
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booradley said...

I know what a Faraday cage is! And I didn't even have to Google it! Fizzy xo