The Trip to Arizona

Okay, since I’m still working on my photos and formulating my blog posts, I’ll talk about the trip out to Arizona. The trip out there always sucks. I really hate flying and dealing with rental car places. But it is so worth it once we’re there. So this is a rant, but the rest of my AZ posts will get better!

We had just boarded the plane around 4:15 PM EST and snapped into our seatbelts when a woman in the seat behind us started making a fuss. She asked one of the flight attendants if there was going to be any turbulence. The fool told her “yes, for the entire trip.” She freaked. out. so. bad. The flight attendant tried to calm her down. She took a valium. She took another valium. Her husband and daughter tried to calm her down. I thought everything was going to be okay, except the plane sat there for too long. All of a sudden she got up and said “I can’t do this!! I need to get off!” Now mind you, the plane was set to leave, but she went up to the front anyway. They got the pilot out. They tried to tell her it was going to be okay. She wouldn’t have any of it. They actually opened up the plane again and let her off and her husband and daughter were left to go to AZ by themselves. In her drug induced state, I wondered how she got home. Hmm, I wonder how many airlines would put up with this woman’s crap. Southwest airlines did though.

The funny thing is it was only turbulent for about 20 minutes and it was mild. It’s like being on a bumpy road, that’s it. Personally even though I was getting pissed she was holding us up, I was glad she got off so we didn’t have to deal with a screaming meamie the whole time.

Next, the car rental. I hate this. AZ has different insurance requirements than the rest of the world. Every year I call my insurance agent and they assure me I am fully insured for everything, but when I get to the car rental, the be-och says I am not covered in case the car breaks down or something and that I would be responsible for paying for any unrentable time it is being fixed. And then I use my debit/credit card which, in my state, is recognized as a credit card wherever I shop. She tells me that it is not a credit card and since it is a debit card she do a credit check because it is unsecured. I flipped out. A freakin’ credit check for $400? Mind you, I’ve got great credit, so I am really pissed off. I told the be-och that a regular credit card isn’t a secure credit card. She tries to give me a list a rules for debit cards which I threw back at her and told her to save the environment by not throwing extra paper with stupid rules at me. Mind you, this was after a 5.5 hr plane trip, waiting for luggage, riding to the car rental place, so it is, ummm, 12:00 PM EST. I’m pretty be-ochy at this point myself. I declined paying for her extra freakin’ insurance and took my chances on their stupid vehicle. Needless to say, I will be using another rental car company next year.

We had to find the motel (we stayed somewhere different this year) and then Whole Foods before it closes (I am sooo not used to grocery stores that close) for breakfast food, mmmmm. Now it’s 1:30 AM EST and I’m am really getting tired. By the time we got back and settled it was 3 AM EST. Or 12 AM AZ time.

I have no photos from the airplane because we fly at around 39K miles and all I basically see is the cloudy blanket that covers the earth. But I’ll leave you with this photo of some bark that I really like from a tree taken in Boyce Thompson Arboretum:

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6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. laurie
    Mar 31, 2007 @ 19:39:17

    Arizona…I wish. We’ve had snow and rain and wind for the last week. It’s supposed to warm up, I sure hope so. I love the tree picture, by the way. Some of my favorite photos are of trees.

    Good to see you back!

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  2. Mary
    Mar 31, 2007 @ 21:01:34

    I AM GLAD SHE WAS ESCORTED OFF THE PLANE. I WOULD HAVE PUNCHED HER IN THE FACE WITHIN AN HOUR.

    Glad to have ranting Pam back :o)

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  3. Laura
    Mar 31, 2007 @ 22:48:17

    Stories like this make me glad to be a homebody.

    Look forward to hearing about the good parts of your trip!

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  4. susangetsnative
    Apr 01, 2007 @ 00:03:03

    I’m with Mary. Get the raving lunatic off the plane before we all jump on her!
    I can’t wait to hear and see what you brought back in your camera!

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  5. Lynne from Hasty Brook
    Apr 01, 2007 @ 10:14:56

    We’re almost ships that passed in the night!! We leave for Arizona early Tuesday morning. Can’t wait!! I told Art about your car rental trouble so he’s going to look into our insurance before we go.

    GLAD YOU’RE BACK!!

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  6. mon@rch
    Apr 01, 2007 @ 19:57:41

    You are kidding! O my goodness! Sorry you didn’t get any good shots from the air plane but glad you sent along the one picture of the bark! LOL, this would only happen to you! 🙂

    Reply

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