Tuesday, July 17, 2007

I Knows Geografeez Rilly Good

My super organized colleague, Megan, called me at 8:00 a.m. on Sunday,

"I can't find any 10:20 flights to Philadelphia this morning. Can you tell me the number of our flight again? I'm sure I just have it wrong."

"Sure," I said. "I got a confirmation e-mail last night."

[I open the e-mail.]

"Let's see... HOLY MARSCAPONING JEEBUS WEARING HAIRSPRAY."
Reagan National Airport?

Not in Philadelphia.

((((((Oh, the moron.))))))

I promised to "fix" it and call her back in ten minutes.

On the phone with the nice customer service representative I learned, all direct AND connecting flights to Philly? Sold out.

I routed us to Newark, called my Father, woke him from his Sunday morning slumber, CRIED LIKE A BABY and begged him to come get us in Newark and drive us to Philadelphia.

He did it, but I think he might have experienced his own "oh, the joys" of parenting moment.

So yeah.

Have a really important meeting you need handled in another city?

I'm your gal.


61 comments:

karrie said...

Where in the world is Jessica and her Megan?

:)

Too funny! You know where Chicago is, right?

~JJ! said...

Ok. Thanks for the heads up.

Good luck getting home. Need a ride? tee hee....

Annie said...

Ooops!

One Wacky Mom said...

Gees, isn't that funny you are near me? At least that's what I remember a minute ago. And I can't remember much anymore. I thought I left a message for you yesterday and maybe I did, maybe I didn't. My memory is shot. It's age....old farts lose it.

Anyhoo, I gave you an award, if you want to pick it up great, if not..not big deal...but anyway...
you can check it out here:

http://wackymom.blogspot.com/2007/07/awards-awards-and-more-awards.html

And least Dad will help you out...and the drive from Newark to Phili isn't too bad...(if memory serves me right that's where you were headed last time I checked!)

QT said...

OMG - I would have freaked out, at least you were able to fix it. Were you trying to be a know-it-all and just use the airport codes to book the flight without double checking the city? Cuz maybe I've done that...

Have you double checked your tix to ORD?

Patience said...

Dads are wonderful aren't they!!

WILLIAM said...

You could have called me.

paige said...

Niiiiice.

Even so, at the end of the day this tells me that in times of crisis you are way resourceful.

Queen Heather said...

Cripes. I suppose we could always reflect upon how it isn't the destination but the journey there that is important???

kara said...

oops...

3carnations said...

Umm...maybe you impressed your colleague with your ability to get interstate road transportation at such a reasonable rate?

Aliki2006 said...

Oh no!!!

I hope it all got worked out smoothly.

Fairly Odd Mother said...

Details. . .details. . .

Does your dad have a blog? I'd love to read his entry from this day!

slouching mom said...

Heh.

I love karrie's comment.

Omaha Mama said...

The great part about it is when you can realize that at any age you can still count on good ol' dad (or mom). Even when you've goofed.

cronznet said...

You should ask my folks about the trip I planned for them to Italy wherein they were not booked from Paris into Florence...worked out but they were justifiably cranky.
I hope you and dad enjoyed the time together!

NotSoSage said...

Glad to know those moments never end.

I hope you've double-checked your BlogHer itinerary.

BOSSY said...

What a story! That's almost as bad as booking a room in the wrong hotel! Thank god THAT didn't happen...

Jennifer said...

Uh, well, I'm sure it was really nice to have a chance to chat with your Dad? And probably a pretty drive, too?

Hee.


(p.s. That is so something I would do!)

Lotta said...

Funny how we still need our parents!

mamatulip said...

You handled it much better than I would have!

radical mama said...

WHAT?! You mean parenthood doesn't end at 18? I am SOOO getting a second identity.

TastesLikeCrazy said...

Doh!
Bet that was just a tad bit stressful.
Thank goodness for dads. :)

Absolutely Bananas said...

Ha ha love it. Reminds me of the time I bought my tickets to BlogHer returning on Thursday night, which would get me a day in Chicago and NONE of the conference. That's what comes of drinking martinis while booking airfare.

Jenifer said...

Hey you fixed it and quickly! That accounts for something...

Jenn said...

What's the point of travel without excitement and the thrill of the unknown?

Mimi said...

Oh geez. That's funny. Whoops. At least now we know parents never become obsolete, right?

aimee / greeblemonkey said...

That's better than the time I waited and waited and waited in the Frontier line on to have the nice Frontier lady tell me - "OOPS! you are in a United flight!"

I made it with about 1 minute to spare. And lots of running.

Mrs. Chicken said...

Too, too funny (at least for me, not for you!)!

Your got a good daddy.

JoeinVegas said...

You could have always flown into Atlanta or Chicago, lots of flights to those cities, and only a 'short' drive then.

kgirl said...

yes, i've always thought that jeebus tamed those luscious locks with hairspray.

Magpie said...

LOL! Glad your father could help out there.

ewe are here said...

Go dad!

Seattle Mamacita said...

good one Jess!

CamiKaos said...

you're daddy is rockin.

Above Average Joe said...

Bad enough you make your dad pick you up. But Newark? That's just mean.

Fidget said...

um... oops? it's a good think youre cute so you can get away with it

BlondeMomBlog (Jamie) said...

Oh my. You are my kind of uber organized business travel expert!

Leeanthro said...

My husband and I went to Vegas and he handled all the reservations. He booked the hotel for the 10th through 16th and the flights for the 10th and 16th.

See a problem there? We arrived at the airport on the 17th and tried curbside check-in and they said our flight was the previous day.

My husband just dropped his head and paid the $50 per person to take a different flight.

He learned a few lessons that day, one of which is to let his wife make all the reservations.

Bon said...

sometimes the brain, she just goes on vacation and doesn't bring you along.

good thing there's dad. :)

Melina said...

My friend did that, she was coming to visit me in Ft. Lauderdale, FL and found this really great price and sends me her itinerary and I call her up and say, "you do realize you are flying into West Palm Beach right?"

She was like, "What no."

She didn't realize that when she was looking up flights it gave her airports around Ft. Lauderdale too, well WPB is about 45 min to one hour drive, no biggie we got her and had a nice trip.

See you're not alone.

furiousBall said...

oh man, that's like my whole nightmare i had when i was in grade school about ripping my pants and my balls flopping out...did i just say that out loud?

Mama en Fuego said...

Reminds me of the time I booked my return flight from Vegas for the following week and didn't realize it until the day I was leaving. Yeah, $100 plus later I was on the right flight and feeling like the worlds biggest moron.

Marine Wife said...

Holy crap!

Hope you got your dad more than a tie for Father's Day!

urban-urchin said...

I've done that before. Gone to an entirely different airport only to discover WHOOPS! Missed my flight! Thankfully the gate agents took pity on us.

Glad you're home safe..

Queen Karana said...

Oh Jessica... I'm sorry to be laughing at your expense, but that was the funniest post I've read in a long time.

Hope you made it there OK.

notfearingchange said...

cute...we all have those moments.

Lisa Fine/Kelly Kelly said...

You are hilarious. Who could be mad at you? Too funny. Hope you made it safely.


Lisa

Queen of the Mayhem said...

I feel your pain! Nothing is worse than realizing you messed up, when it comes to work!

I once planned a field trip for 180 students. These 180 students had about 100 parents who took off of work to attend said trip with them. When I called the chartered bus company to find out why the buses were late, I realized I booked them for the WRONG DATE!!!!

You want to talk about crying like a baby! But, instead of doing to a family member....I sobbed to the owner of the bus company..who took pity on me and rounded up some buses. YEAH.......that's professional!!!!!!!!!

carmachu said...

Oh my goodness. I swear you deserve a dumbass award for that one....

Good thing your father likes you...

momomax said...

ay chi wowa.

Cathy said...

Oh. My. God.

Still laughing! And bless your dad.

flutter said...

D'oh!

jen said...

ah yes. but i will safely bet it almost never happens to you and so you, if anyone, deserves a free pass on this one.

andi said...

I have nightmares about this kind of thing happening all the time. Now that you've confirmed it can happen in real-life, I'm certain I'll make a similar mistake at some point (oh, crap).

painted maypole said...

That you have a father willing to drive from Philly to Newark to pick you up.. priceless.

Stepping Over the Junk said...

right on. That is funny. Reminds me of when my boss got stuck in NYC at the end of a business trip, due to weather. Train was full. Flights cancelled back to Boston. I got him the last remaining hotel room in the city...they rented by the house, had bullet proof glass in front of the front desk, streetwalkers in the hallways, sketchy looking men probably packing knives, and coin operated beds. I was mortified when he called me to tell me what a rough night he'd had.

Kyla said...

I'm cracking up at your dad having an Oh the Joys moment. Classic.

Damselfly said...

"HOLY MARSCAPONING JEEBUS WEARING HAIRSPRAY" is going to be my new exclamation.

Terri B. said...

Parenting ... it never ends ;o)
What a nice dad you have!

wayabetty said...

OOPS!! That's something I would have done! Thank goodness for parents! I'm sure you'd do the same thing for your children too.