August 13th, 2004

Anime MZ

Ups and downs

A lot of the hellish work schedule the past few weeks has been due to the tradeshow I'm now in Florida for - and part of that was getting this website up: http://www.paycash.us/

I did the merchant stuff (compare the source for that to the source for the consumer side... I'm going to clean up the consumer stuff when I get back, it makes me itch...). There is still some work to do- more demos, a few docs, some general massaging. But I think the site is pretty good considering the crash development, which was done simultaneously with code revisions, documentation creation, creating product sheets for the show, and the usual customer support. So check out it. :-)

The flight down was uneventful. But I didn't get out of the office until almost 15:00, instead of by 14:30 as planned. So I got to the airport with barely time to make my flight. I got checked in just before they would've closed it for my flight, and got through security and to the gate 10 minutes before departure. I made it though.

But my bag, and all my clothes, didn't. It didn't make it on the plane, so they put it on another plane and it went to Miami. They're supposed to be delivering it to me, but it has been several hours and I don't have it yet. I've called a couple of times and to automatic info system says my bag was found and it is in transit. I hope I have it by morning...

And there seems to be a hurricane blowing in. It was raining like hell earlier - and it was *hot*. Weird, I went outside (I'm on the first floor and have a door outside) and it was very warm with hot rain beating down.

Well, I don't think I can wait any longer, I need to sleep.
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The adventure continues

So I called the automated system this morning and got the exact same message - in transit, call if you don't hear from us in 4 hours. Well, since it had been over 8 hours since I first called I called again and talked to a human. She informed me that my bag was on a flight arriving at 9:25 and it would take two hours to clear scanning (I have no fucking idea either, don't ask) and then it'd be sent out for delivery. And that there'd be a 4-6 hour delivery window.

Uh-huh.

So I called the VP of Sales, who is heading up the posse down here, and filled him in. He agreed I should just cab it over to the airport and snag my bag. So I called Song/Delta back and told them to keep it at the airport and I'd get it. They told me, again, it would be available after 11:25. I really don't know why a forwarded bag would take *two hours* to clear when people on the plane get their bags a few minutes after landing. But whatever...

So I headed over the the airport around 11:00 and got there around 11:20. I asked for my bag at the baggage counter - and they had no idea what I was talking about. The guy looked up my ticket and said the bag had come in that morning and should be in with the other bags, which were piled up around the place. Well, it wasn't. So he said maybe it was out on the carrosel - for a flight that had come in 2 hours earlier. So I walked around the place, and it wasn't on any of them. But as I was walking back I spotted an oversized package slide hidden in the corner under the escalators.

Which is where my bag was sitting, probably since 09:25, or so. I let them know I had it (and if I wasn't such an honest person I would've just left and then made a lost baggage claim for the money, just for the hassle) and cabbed back to the hotel.

Upon returning to my room I found that the chargers for my cell phone, headset, and PDA were all gone. Seems that when I asked for a cab to the airport the guy at the front desk presumed I was checking out. They did find the stuff and return it to me.

Now I'm going to get ready for real and head over to the show.
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