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  • Annie Dear: Madame has flown, but not without drama

  • What a week it has been. I have been a tad distraught, as my daughter left forever for Sydney, and weeping seemed the best and only option open to me from Sunday thenceforth.

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  • What a week it has been. I have been a tad distraught, as my daughter left forever for Sydney, and weeping seemed the best and only option open to me from Sunday thenceforth.
    She and Beau had an enormous amount of luggage as you could imagine, but I did manage to convince them to pare it down as much as possible, with the 50-pound-per-bag limit, two-per-customer rule.  They managed to carve off about 12 pounds, leaving them with 3-by-50s and 1-by-52.  
    The couple in front of them at the airport, as I was sobbing my way home, apparently had their bags tagged through to Sydney, which was a tad unfortunate, as they were going to Mexico. Hopefully Madam and Beau would not have to collect an odd case containing sombreros and burritos when they got Down Under.
    However, did United take the overage of 2 pounds and weigh it up against my daughter, who is tiny?  Hell no. $200 lighter in the wallet for the extra two pounds, they finally boarded their 4:35 p.m. flight to San Francisco. There to wait for their 10:40 p.m. flight to Sydney, only to find a mechanical problem which grounded them for a further two and a half hours.
    The website showed the flight en route, despite only being delayed 2.5 hours, was going to be five hours late getting into Sydney. Helluva headwind I thought.
    Naturally, her Dad would be picking her up at the airport, but, like me, depended on the website, so was in the direction of not there on time to pick them up when they indeed landed 2.5 hours late – minus one bag, which decided to have a little holiday all of its own in Chicago.
    This, naturally, would contain the ball gown which Madam needs to wear to her first official function for her new job on Thursday – which is our Wednesday. All a bit of a nail biter, really.
    She’s too goozled right now to even consider her options, having been traveling, since leaving home at 1 p.m. Sunday, arriving in Sydney – our time – at 7 p.m. Monday, but I certainly hope she gets her righteous dander up to throw a really good 3-year-old tantrum at United Airlines.
    Let’s see, $200 for 2 pounds extra – hell, she may as well have kept another 8 or so before the overage charge leapt to $400 – luggage lost, a flight delay, and a crappy website so that her father couldn’t even accurately get to the airport on time?
    Priceless in my book. Have at it Madam, don’t stop till you draw blood. I love you to death, and know you’ll do just fine.
    Annie Dear lives in the Lakewood area of Lee’s Summit. You can reach her at anniedearkc@hotmail.com.

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