Sunday, April 18, 2004


Didn't realise that planes don't fly when it's raining. Or maybe it's just US Air...also known as the airline from hell. Last time I flew with them I seem to remember it took me something like 6 hours to get from Boston to which time I could have crossed the Atlantic. Think that was why I decided never to use them again...until the other day......bad move!

This week I was trying to get from Buffalo to New Jersey. For some reason there were no flights back on any airline so, instead of the flying to Newark, I had to go to La Guardia (known as the airport from hell)....on the airline from hell. It was raining...not that much I thought...but enough to extend my journey by over an hour. Turned up at the office and my boss looks and me and asks "what happened to you?" Err...I don't really know other than we landed an hour late....having taken off only 15 minutes late. To be honest I was asleep for much of the flight so I really don't know what happened. I also swore that I'd never fly in/out of LG anymore....I do wish I'd remember these things!!!!!! Doesn't seem to matter what the weather is but, unless there's blue sky and sunshine, nothing ever arrives in LG on time. What is it with them?

Journey home wasn't much better. Initially I'd been going down for a day. Then we extended it for an overnight stay. Then we debated whether I should stay down there for another day...which I probably would have done if it hadn't been for the fact that there were no flights out of any of the three airports on any airlline until the weekend. Why are people trying to escape NYC???? Actually, don't answer that....I can imagine why! So we stuck with the second plan. Limo turned up to drive me to airport from hell. And guess wot! There were three accidents on the way to the instead of a 40 minute journey, it took an hour and a half. Arrived there after I was meant to be boarding but....thanks to the airline from got it...the flight was late! I tell you, it was so good to be back in Buffalo...where the sun was almost shining (too late in the day) and it was dry. NYC is not nice when it's raining and it was doing some spectacularly good pouring of water last week....YUK!

Restarted my Spanish lessons yesterday. There were 4 of us in the class so we all got lots of attention. My Spanish name is Juanita. Wondered how he was gonna cope with the "J"...Hoanna is not really something I like...especially when it gets shortened! I didn't do too badly considering it's been a while since I've really had any classes. Talked about la media luna...esta en el cielo con las estrellas....and direct object pronouns (lo, la, los, las). Then we tried to work through an exercise where we had to respond to questions negatively and replace the object with a pronoun. That got very amusing. I learned European Spanish originally and this is Latin American so there are some interesting differences....such as Latinos don't use "vosotros"...the plural formal for "you". Meant to be easier as there are less verb endings to learn....hablo, hablas, habla, hablamos, hablais, hablan...becomes hablo, hablas, habla, hablamos, you only need to remember 5 instead of 6 but old habits die it's more symmetrical with the 6 in there....ho hum. We got in a real mess with one question that even he couldn't answer....oh yes, we always have problems with this one. Errr.....that didn't inspire me...but the rest of it was great (plus he fed us!).

Anyway, 3 hours later, I felt pretty good about it, especially as there was a woman there who's been studying with him for a while but strikes me as being pretty thick!!!!!! Won't be able to go next week, as I'll be out in Vancouver (another damn flight!). :-(

Now going back to finish the Matrix trilogy. I've decided that Reloaded is actually better than the first episode......


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