More travel follies - Jay Maynard

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Wednesday, 21 May 2003


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0942 - More travel follies

I didn't have much trouble figuring out what to do with the rest of my time in San Diego, but getting home was a real adventure...

At a friend's suggestion, I had dinner Sunday night at the Harbor House in San Diego's Seaport Village. It's a very good seafood place, though a bit on the pricey side: dinner, a salad, and dessert was right at $45 with tip. Worth the trip, but not someplace I'll make a point of visiting every time I'm in SD.

At his and a few other folks' suggestions, I went to the San Diego Aerospace Museum on Monday morning. Very interesting place, with many old and not-so-old aircraft represented, although many (most?) of them are reproductions, in large part due to the loss of nearly their entire collection in a 1978 fire. It's quite well done, and very pleasant way to spend a couple of hours. I did spend the extra $5 for the Discovery Channel's motion-base simulator ride. It takes you through dogfights/chases in aircraft of four eras: WWI, WWII, the Korean War, and the late 70s/early 80s. Very nicely done, and recommended - unless you're prone to motion sickness.

That was the good part. The bad part was getting home on America West. I was on the same flight from SD to Minneapolis, but they assigned two different aircraft to the trip. This became a problem when the second aircraft was delayed, first coming into Phoenix, then longer when - once again!! - it was held on the ground for a mechanical problem. I was originally supposed to arrive at 10:53 PM. We actually arrived about 1 AM. By the time I'd gotten my luggage and got back to my car, it was 2 AM, and I decided that driving to Fairmont was a Bad Idea, so I got a hotel room in Minneapolis. I finally made it home about 1 PM Tuesday. Bleagh.

Needless to say, I'm somewhat less than confident in America West's ability to maintain their aircraft. They've been added to my short list of airlines I won't fly unless there's no other option.

current mood: [mood icon] tired

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