Sunday, December 6, 2009

Travel woes

[Note: I wrote most of this last night, but was unable to post it. The free wifi connection within the room is tenuous, kind of like my grip on reality.]

Villa del Palmar

A view from the balcony.

When checking in this morning, it turned out that the flight from Cleveland to Houston had been canceled. (Original plans were South Bend to Cleveland, Cleveland to Houston, then Houston to Cabo.) After some fiddling the guy got us on a flight to Cincinnati, and then we'd make the other connections. He called down to the gate to get them to hold the plane, we rushed down and went through security (I even got a pat down...I guess I look dangerous), and when we got to the gate, they had already closed the door to the plane, and we were shit out of luck.

Keep in mind that I had stayed up all night, so I was getting a tad on the cranky side by this point, and the little prick at the gate didn't help. We found out that he's new, and he's obviously got a lot to learn about customer service. He could have said something like, "I'm really sorry, folks, but once we've closed the doors, we can't reopen them." Instead, it was "The doors are closed, and I've got to board this other flight." I believe my response was "Are you freakin' kidding me?!" At least I managed to keep from dropping an F-bomb on him. Aren't you proud of me?

So it was back to the check-in counter, where the route was completely switched. South Bend to Minneapolis, Minneapolis to Phoenix, and Phoenix to Cabo. A couple of hours were lost in the morning, so by the time the plane took off, I pretty much crashed, and same on the flight to Phoenix. I'm getting so that I really hate to fly, and it's not because I'm afraid of it. It doesn't bother me at all. I just hate the hassles, being stuck in an airport, all the security, blah di blah blah. Air travel is supposed to be fast and convenient, and it's getting to be neither.

Kiddie beer By the time we got to Cabo, went through customs, had our luggage checked again, waited for the shuttle to the resort, and finally got there, the sun had mostly set and there wasn't much to be seen. It's been a long day. Oh, and since this is a timeshare, they're really doing a hard sell. It grows tiresome, and if they weren't so nice, I'd just say fuck off, there's no way! But I don't. Again...aren't you proud of me?

They had the fridge stocked with a few “honor bar” items, including the little Kiddie Coronas on the right. We got some Sol—kind of like Corona, pretty good—and that’s mine on the left. The baby Coronas are so cuuuuute! Don’t you want to just pinch its little cheek, kiss its little freckled nose, and twist its little cap off? Awww! Isn’t it nice that drinking can be a family affair? Of course, Baby’s would have to go in a sippy cup.

The good news is that I'm connected, the bad news is that it's kind of slow and funky, and Facebook is erratic. So my connection may be hit and miss. I’m hoping I’ll be able to upload this.

Breaking news! In the light of day, it seems that we have an ocean view off of the balcony, and it’s of this famous arch here that everyone wants to see. Pictures to follow—it’s beautiful! Plan on walking around a bit, maybe finding a place where they’re showing a Colts game. Hey, it’s my addiction, so no snide comments, okay?

Oh, that reminds me. In the Cabo airport yesterday, as we were walking by the small bar area, a huge cheer erupted from a good-sized group of guys watching the bar TV. They were watching soccer (I know, I know…most of the world calls it football), and it was kind of neat to see them so enthused about their favorite sport. I think they’re probably crazier about it than we are in the States, and that’s kind of neat, too.

Oh, and the other thing was that when we were getting all of our arrangements made to get to the resort one guy welcomed me to Mexico, shook my hand, held his arm up to mine and said, “You need to work on getting some of the Mexican color, Senora!” I laughed and said, “I know I’ve got some work to do!” Golly, am I that pale? Apparently so!


  1. We will have to remedy that color thing over the next six days :o)

  2. Glad you made it (mostly) in one piece.

    You mentioned the soccer fans at the airport. I have worked in restaurants here in NYC for 15 years ... and, for the most part, the kitchen staffs where I've worked have been Hispanic.

    OMG - those guys are CRAZY about "soccer". Seriously, if there is an important match going on, they go nuts!!

    I've even had guys sneak up to my office to ask me to look up scores online. OF COURSE, I'm always MORE than willing to help out a cute Papi...

    Have fun!! And don't buy their timeshare!!!


  3. Glad you finally got settled after the rocky start. I hope you enjoy the vacation. And, even though you are not interested in buying, let them think you are in the market for a timeshare. Your service will be excellent and you'll get extra perks! They;ll show you the best of everything! :)

  4. Glad that you are safely there after all that hassle. The first picture did great as a night shot. Helen

  5. Not a single F-bomb?
    I am so effin' proud right now that I might have to pop the top off a Daddy Corona!

  6. Have a wonderful time. Sounds like you deserve it. SNOWING HERE AND COLD>

  7. I am impressed that the sailor-mouthed princess was so well behaved - I chalk it up to being too tired to exert the energy... :-)

    Have a great time.

  8. Too bad about all the hassle getting there but now you're in the sunshine with la cerveza in hand so enjoy yourself! We stayed at a time share in Mazatlan. My friend and I went on a tour and got a free breakfast and two bottles of tequila. However, I think that they soon realized that we really had no plans to purchase a time share but they let us keep the tequila!

  9. Air travel is a pain! I don't subject myself to it any more. Glad you got it all straightened out and are having a good time. May the flight home be non-dramatic!

  10. I haven't been on a plane since coming home part way thru basic training back in 1993..I think it's a bit more complicated now, back then it was check in, get on the plane..kudos on no F bombs,even though they were earned for sure!..enjoy your trip :)

  11. I can't believe you got screwed by a Houston snowstorm- that's about 4/5's of the way to hell freezing over!!!
    Glad they gotyou there, even if the gate agent was a little prick. Write a letter and complain about his behavior... it can't hurt and you may get comped a mile or 2.
    Coronitas are cute but those little fuckers will catch up with you!

    You experience with Mexican wifi makes me think of the video from the "birth of MTV" era: Mexican Radio! Remmeber that one?!

  12. Sorry to hear you got a bad start to the trip, but that can sometimes mean your going to have a awesome trip! Enjoy Mexico Beth! I have been meaning to stop by you and Bucko's sites from over at Chez Ginger! And have more of those Coronitas!

  13. Hmmm. My comment didn't post before.

    You should be able to get Coronitas by the bucket in restaurants. Or just go find the local Corona distributor and stock your fridge. And then go try my fave, Pacifico. Or maybe a Modelo Negro. But most of all, have fun.

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  15. I quite agree, nothing more disagreeable than travelplans that go belly-up. Welcome to Cabo - it turns up on my 'radar' when there's hurricanes about lol

  16. Dear Beth,
    wow! I'm so sorry to hear abotu the flighing ordeal....whew!
    At least you got there in one piece!
    We are all so excited about your trip!
    Keep us posted!

  17. Beth, that sounds like an awful start. Glad you kept your cool at the gate. Wouldn't want you to get detained by Homeland Security. I hope once you get settled, things get better. Have fun!

  18. Same here about flying - it's all that preliminary stuff to go through. Ugh! We had four and a half hours of delay when we just went to Philadelphia. Glad you got there and are having a good view and great time!

  19. That sounds like a nightmare to me...I AM very proud you didn't F-bomb although you certainly earned the right to do so in my opinion. I hate to fly but I am afraid ~ add the hassles in and there is no way I will be getting on a plane anytime soon.


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