so here i am sitting in auckland, new zealand in the quantas lounge going on the 8th hour of our lay over with 6 more hours to go before we can take off to la. do the math...14 hour layover!! OMG!! that was after a 6 1/2 hour flight from perth, australia to auckland. then we get to fly for 12 hours to la to sit in la for 3 another hours before we get on a plane for 6 more hours to new york. clear customs and then a 2 hour ride home, which i should arrive at 1 am on thursday morning. i have a degree in electrical engineering so i can do this math... 6 1/2 hours (perth to auckland) + 14 hour layover + 12 hour flight (auckland to la) + 3 hour layover + 6 hours (la to ny) + 2 hours home = HELL!!! oops! nope, 43 1/2 hours of travel. add in the 3 or so hours we were in perth and let's just call it almost 2 days of travel. get my travel agent on the horn...YOU'RE FIRED!!!
ok, im a bit delirious and actually just read the saddest story online (at least there's internet in the lounge). google, chief warrant officer edward cantrell. he was a highly decorated green beret who just returned home in august from a collective 6 tours of duty in iraq and afghanistan whose house caught on fire with his wife and 2 daughters isabella and natalia, 6 and 4 inside. him and his wife jumped from the 2nd story window and he went back inside to rescue his 2 daughters and never made it back out. both he and his daughters perished in the fire. believe me, i have NOTHING to complain about. my heart breaks for that poor mother/wife, louise. made me need to speak to my family and realize how thankful i am. my prayers go out to louise cantrell and can't imagine how difficult the time ahead will be. one of those stories that really breaks my heart.