Wednesday, March 29, 2006

FL and USAir

For about 20 years I have heard about how Frank Kowalsky was a great man and a great teacher. I finally witnessed that first-hand (both counts) last week. I watched something incredible take place during the last 10 minutes of a Freshman's lesson. Watching someone like Doc K. teach makes me realize that I have sososo much to learn.

So dig this: I get to Tallahassee around Midnight. I'm on a pea-shooter plane out of Charlotte with the entire FSU baseball team, bringing all of their bats and balls along with them. I guess the plane was overweight and they decided to take my gear off the plane. No one knows this, not at the airport, nor at the company. (I guess US Airways has a computer system that's just for show). I get no sleep because I'm worried about having to do my "Plan B" show without the gear. At about 7AM I'm up calling the baggage services, the computerized voice from which is telling me that they have yet to locate my bags. I call every 15 minutes or so, and finally just start hitting "0" to try to get a human being. So at about 1:30 in the afternoon I finally get a person who tells me that the luggage is, in fact, at the Tallahassee airport. So, no problem. But let me tell you, US Airways' ranking as the worst baggage handler (10 per 1000 bags) is warranted. Just think: every USAir flight you take there will be at least one person with missing bags. Not a good record.

But all that notwithstanding, I had a great time in FL -- the weather was something like 86 degrees -- the concert went well, and I have to give a big thanks to Catherine Han for being so great shlepping me around (and to the airport 3 times). Hope I can repeat the trip sometime again...

More on Lubbock, TX soon...


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