Thursday, June 5, 2008

I Dream of Jeannie...

Nothing too much to report the last few days. Been at Cocoa Beach and doing the standard beach stuff: wake up late, go to beach, walk, eat, drink, sleep, rinse and repeat....

* One of the more exciting stuff to report was the Shuttle Launch, we weren’t close enough to get our bones rattled by the take-off but we could still hear the rumble about 1 minute after take-off. I’ve posted pictures of the launch and our day at the beach.

* The other good story was how I got here. I was scheduled to fly from Anchorage to LA, with a 10 hour lay-over and then from LA to Frankfurt to Cape Town. However Thursday morning, 16 hours before my flight Navid messages me that he would be in Florida for his launch (GLAST). Somewhere in the conversation it gets mentioned that I could be there; you know flying over the US, I just grab a parachute and jump... Figuring nothing ventured nothing gained, I called my travel agent to see what could be done. After some calls it turns out it’ll cost me $1600+ to rebook my Cape Town flight, I’d get $650 back for my current flight and I’d still have to buy a ticket from LA to Florida, about $200. After a day of hiking I realize I don’t need to cancel my flight, just reschedule it. So I call that afternoon about 7 hours before my flight to see what it would cost to reschedule my flight. My agent tells me that she’s leaving for the day but it would be $225 (what the airline charges) and $50 what they charge plus the cost difference. She tells me to call her in LA the next morning. This I do, landing in LA 7 am PDT I call her. She searches and finds out that it would cost me $304 total to reschedule my flight, I find a $400 round-trip ticket form LA to Jacksonville...
So Rescheduled flight: $304,
Roundtrip tickets: $400,
Spending a week with friends in Florida for a once in a lifetime satellite launch: Priceless.

* In the end, Navid’s launch has been delayed at least a week, no point in rescheduling my flight, and they aren’t staying either...

Heading to Cape Town June 8th.

PS: Navid's servers are down because of the storm, should be back up in a few days.

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