Day 1 of my Vacation: Crappity Crap

I was supposed to leave for Boston today. My plans, it seemed, were not meant to work out. Last night I decided to stay up late so that I could crash on my cross-country flight and sleep through most of it. In the morning I made it to the airport with plenty of time, but in a rather groggy state. I go about checking in and find that there's been change to my intenerary, and in my groggy state all that I notice is that the flight is leaving an hour later, which is fine. I press to complete my check-in and I'm greeted with an error message saying that the earliest I can check in is 24 hours before my flight departs. "Wait a minute", I think, "my flight leaves in two hours, what's going on?".

The flight that I was now booked on was leaving in two days. My original flight was cancelled. Let me put it nicely and say that I was not in the best of moods, especially considering I was scooting about on four hours of sleep. I spent the next 3 hours in the airport going through lines and pleading with receptionists at various carriers. Air Canada seemed to be staffed with very helpful people that got me on a plane a day earlier than I would have done with American. And this time I get to make a decently long layover in Toronto! 

In the end this will all be water under the bridge and I'll be enjoying myself in New England by tomorrow night. However, Boston is slated to get some more snow so I could get stranded in Toronto. Maybe I can sneak in a hockey game? 


ehurson said...

Hope you made it through today and don't get stranded in Toronto... I've noticed some weather warnings for Toronto to the east coast today. :-(

Alice said...

Are you a hockey fan? I didn't realize that being married to a hockey fan means for 8 months out of the year every Sat. the TV will be tuned to watching little figures move around on ice with big sticks.

It was only moderately more entertaining when I went saw the Blues play live.

Ben said...

Oh hey, Alice. I am a fan of the sport of hockey, having grown up in New Hampshire and played it from 2nd grade up to the end of undergrad.

I absolutely understand, however, that it can seem like 10 burly guys skating in random circles and crashing into each other an awful lot over this tiny piece of rubber.

The key to understanding it is to decipher the various tactics in use, but that's hard to do. The very thing about hockey that makes its fans love it so much is what makes its ambivalents so meh: the constant ebb and flow of one tactical situation to the next.

If you understand the various formations and situations it's a non-stop contest of execution and teamwork. If you don't know the situations and formations it's just 10 big guys bumping into each other.

In every zone (defensive, offensive, neutral), every direction (you have the puck, they have the puck), and every side of the rink (left/right) each team has practiced several different formations that are used to either advance the puck towards the opponents net or take it back. It's kinda like if you took all the tactics and planned plays of football but put them on ice and never stopped between plays.

I looked online for some diagrams of some common formations but the internet is sorely lacking in that regard. Maybe you could ask your husband to explain to you what "forecheck", "backcheck", 3-on-1, 2-on-1, "left-wing-lock", "dump-and-chase", "cycling", "drop pass", "regroup", and "breakout" mean.