Never in a million years did I think I would post a photo of a toilet, let alone an airline toilet. Let alone would it be the last post of another fantastic holiday. However it provided what was a wonderful comedy moment at the airport. While wait to board we were informed that there was an issue with the toilet in the first class section of the plane and that it would unavailable for the entirity of the 2 hour flight. The airline desk staff then announced that ‘if anyone needed a potty break they should use the airport toilet now or altnatively they could use the standard class toilet during the flight’. Firstly I loved the idea of first class passengers taking a ‘potty break’ and secondly, I’m now wondering what the first class toilet looks like and how much nicer it is from the standard class toilet given both are on a plane with not a lot of space available. I suspect it will be a long before I get to find out!
I landed in Tuscon without any problem and after getting to the airport enjoyed a meal with friends before calling it a night after the equivilant of staying up for 24 hours. I was only staying one night at the hotel so was somewhat surprised to have the maid knock on the door and attempt (I’d put the lock across) to clean the room at 8.30. Now I’ll admit that I didn’t put out the do not disturb sign on the outside handle, but as I was checking out I had assumed I didn’t need to as the room would be on the list to do after check out. I’ll know better for next time if I’m staying there, but am thankful I remember to put the lock across.
So I’m off to the USA again on holiday. It’s another ranch trip, though this one has a difference that I’ll mention in forthcoming posts. For a change though I was flying out on a week day. This had an added bonus that I had all three seats to myself. I wasn’t the only one either. This meant that for a change I could take some photos. It was cloudy for quite a bit of the journey and there’s a lot of ocean to fly over too. I’m not sure which town this is. I have tried to work it out but to no avail. If I do find out I’ll update later.
I’ve got a flight booked for next year (yes that’s very early to have one booked but it was an airmiles offer and I had to book early to ensure I got the deal. Today it got changed three times in the space of half an hour. I was quite surprised to check my email and see all these changes lined up next to each other, and a little concerned. In the end I was happy with the changes that were made given the cancellation of the flight I was booked on (the routes are now being shared between two airlines of the same alliance rather than just one). The funniest bit for me though was seeing that I had been moved from a cancelled flight onto another one, then from that one back to a cancelled flight (and finally onto flight that was actually running!
This morning started like any other morning. Woke up, had a coffee, did the usual stuff that one does in the morning that I will spare you the details of! I loaded the car up with what I normally take to work, locked the front door and got into the driver’s seat. It was at this point I was suddenly knocked out of my ‘every day routine mode’ as suspended right in front of me, at head height, no more than a foot away from my face was a spider. Thankfully I’m not worried about spiders, at least of this size so there was no sprinting out of the car and I had time to appreciate the wonderful web that it had built over night. The photo doesn’t really show it very well but you can see it better at the bottom half of the picture against the darker background. After a quick check with the spider that it didn’t have the required insurance to drive me to work, the spider left the car, the web was cleared away and I headed off to work, back into the normal daily routine.
I had one of those moments today. You know the ones. The ones where you hang your head and think ‘Oh no’. So I’m driving home from work and all of a sudden the car is making a really bad noise, and I mean really bad. From inside and from my experience, it sounds as if half the car is hanging off. I even take a few seconds to kneel in torrential rain and can see something massive hanging down, but it’s awful weather and I’m not going to kneel in a puddle for long. The garage across the road are kind and put the car on a ramp and much to my relief it wasn’t part of the car but a big part of a tree. Big enough to stretch the width of the car. Even the mechanic who put the car on the ramp admitted it sounded awful. I felt a bit foolish, but then given how it was stuck I doubt I’d have been able to get it out without a ramp. I can only assume I picked it up in one of the flooded areas of roadway at work.
I’ve decided that it is about time that I do what a large number of people do, and that’s to take advantage of the rules that various credit card companies have in relation to starter offers to earn air miles. To that effect I’ve ordered a new credit card which will give me a good boost to my air miles and help pay for further flights. I got the idea from another website called Head For Points, and I’d recommend anyone to use it. It provides information for lots of reward schemes, not just the BA one. The other reason is that the cards I normally use have just stopped being part of a scheme, so I was, as they say, in the market for it as well.
(I would like to point out that I am not endorsing this card, nor am I recommending it as a form of finance. I am not a financial broker and am simply stating what I have done. With all financial dealings I would recommend speaking to a professional).
(As a post script, this way of accumulating airmiles has changed significantly since it’s original posting).