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25 Aug 02

i’m back like bacon

i’m ba-ack!

i’m not gonna write too much tonight (since it’s currently 3 am in the real time zone), but i’d like to express my disdain for the vancouver airport and air canada in general. i arrived at the airport today at about 12:30 pacific time, for a domestic flight scheduled to leave at 2:15 – plenty of time, right? it took an hour just to check my bags if you can imagine (4 air canada employees working the counter? good idea!). after checking my bags i was forced to pay a $10 “airport improvement fee” (although i scammed somebody who apparently doesn’t know how to work kiosk machines and ended up paying nothing), and let me tell you: that airport can use some improvements. then, when i thought i was almost ready to board, i encountered the security line. it was deceivingly long – it curled around a corner and back again, and since only 2 lines were functioning it took forever to get through. i was getting a bit nervous because the clock was ticking. by the time i got through it was 2:05 (the queue i chose had an x-ray machine break down, and subsequently several people standing around doing nothing while the x-ray monitor person disappeared), so i hurried through the terminal to my gate and boarded 5 minutes before takeoff – too close for my liking. as it turns out though, other people on my flight were caught in security as well, so they delayed takeoff by 20 minutes or so. i thought that was nice of them. unfortunately, when we started to leave, we found ourselves 11th in line to take off, which delayed us a further 40 minutes.

so, i arrived in toronto at about 10:40 or so, at the last gate in the terminal. after a really long walk to the baggage claim, i watched and watched and watched for my bag, and suddenly the conveyor belt stopped moving. i stood there for about 15 minutes waiting for it to start back up, and finally i noticed some people going off to another belt. sure enough, that’s where my bag ended up (thanks for telling us air canada).

i spent another 15 minutes or so waiting for the parking shuttle to take me to my car, and that was without incident…except when i asked the parking attendant which way the 401 highway was from there, and she told me to turn right. that onramp turned out to be closed, and it took me 20 minutes to find another one going in the correct direction (there sure are a lot of highways around the airport. go figure.)

oh, and for good measure, i saw 3 police cars on my way home (after midnight!) and ran into some pretty heavy fog around napanee (home of flavour of the month, avril lavigne). but, i made it home, and i’m gonna try to get some sleep in an attempt to readjust my system to eastern time again.

ps. i got my beulah shirt and cd in the mail today! woo!

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Pronunciation: 'ch&mp
Function: noun
Etymology: perhaps blend of chunk and lump
Date: 1883

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