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frequent flyer

As most of you already know, I spent much of last year and early this year flying back and forth between Toronto and Philadelphia on US Airways. Whereas flying was previously a thrill, I quickly grew tired of the novelty, especially when at least half my flights seemed to be delayed or cancelled because of weather or air traffic. I remember sitting miserably in the middle of the Philadelphia airport during the Christmas holidays, having had one flight home cancelled and waiting to see if the next would be as well, whilst listening to some local high school choir cheerfully singing, "I'll Be Home For Christmas".

I had counted on the frequent flights adding up to a free flight and upgrade package, however, so was Not Happy when US Airways failed to send me my upgrade package despite repeated phonecalls, e-mails, and faxes. They finally 'fessed up last week with humble apologies, saying that I had somehow slipped through the cracks. As compensation, they've extended my "Silver Preferred" status to 2002, FexExed my upgrade package.

Anyway, it looks like I can visit California this October! I'll be visiting with Paul and Beckett (and twins!), Jeff and Maya Bohnhoff, and my friend Andrew. I'm pretty hyped about this trip. Conventions are wonderful, but I'm really looking forward to some relatively quiet one-on-one time with friends I don't get to see that often. A few days after I get back, I take off again, this time on Air Canada frequent flyer points, to spend some time with Andrea and Tom in Cincinnati (as well as visiting the offices of Writer's Digest) before going to OVFF.

Packing up to go back to the city today....

Today's Blatherpic:

- Ivan Semeniuk, at Andy's and Christine's bbq. Ivan is the host of Discovery Connection on the Discovery Channel as well as an excellent improvisational blues pianist.

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Are you (at least somewhat) afraid of flying?

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