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Chapter 26: Finis

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Chapter 26: Finished

September 26, 2022

The ride home on the Emirates A-380 was as fine a long ride in an airplane as one can expect to have. It is first class in first class. We were able to move to adjoining seats, adding hours together--my best guess is that out of the past 600 hours, we have been apart from one another no more than six. And still, she speaks to me.

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Because Emirates does not have an interline agreement with Delta, upon arrival at JFK, always fun, we had to stand in two different lengthy Delta Sky Priority Lines to re-check bags. Keep in mind that both of us are Silver/Elite on Delta, each having flown over a million miles on the carrier and we have paid for first class seats on our flight. Therefore, we are, of course, VIP's! Oh, maybe not.

In 1763, Thomas Jefferson, in a letter to a friend, wrote these words: "Would you that I should write nothing but truth? I tell you I know nothing that is true. Or would you rather that I should write you a pack of lies?"

We went to original Gate: C60 with just under an hour to spare before our scheduled boarding time. We received the following emails from Delta.

2:56 Flight is On Time at 5:55 Gate C60. EXCELLENT!
3:01 Flight is On Time at 5:55 Gate change from C60 to B48
Took Shuttle to B Uh, oh. Let's go get on the ancient JFK Jitney Shuttle Bus
3:28 Flight is On Time at 5:55 Gate change from B48 to C60
Took Shuttle to C Uh, oh. Let's go get on the ancient JFK Jitney Shuttle Bus
4:24 Flight is On Time at 5:55 Gate change from C60 to C61 No big deal. That's right next door.
4:28 Flight is On Time at 5:55 Gate change from C60 to C61
4:47 Flight is Delayed to 9:08 Gate change from C61 to B44 9:08? That's over THREE HOURS FROM NOW! Uh, oh. Let's go get on the ancient JFK Jitney Shuttle Bus. But, this time, we have time to spare.
Took Shuttle to B
42 People in 30 minute line to enter Sky Club at B32. We made it in.
5:40 Flight is Delayed to 9:08 Gate change from B44 to C67 Uh, oh. Let's go get on the ancient JFK Jitney Shuttle Bus
Took Shuttle to C
6:01 Flight is Delayed to 9:08, Gate change from C67 to C65 No big deal. That's right next door.
7:14 Delayed to 9:08, Gate change from C65 to B47 Uh, oh. Let's go get on the ancient JFK Jitney Shuttle Bus
8:54 Delayed to 9:37, Gate change from B47 to B45 No big deal. That's right next door.
9:35 Delayed to 9:47 No big deal. That's only 12 minutes.

The Truth: we were wheels up at 11:46pm, almost six hours after our scheduled departure time and an experience completely unlike that "promised" by the aforementioned string of one dozen emails. We were, finally, wheels down in Kansas City at 1:28am, today, Monday, January 26, 2022.

As we always do, when we landed we exited the "In Flight" mode on our iPhones and were greeted with this final communication from our dear friends at Delta Airlines:

Hello Paul,

We know spending additional time onboard your flight waiting to depart New York – John F. Kennedy wasn’t what you planned today. Weather constraints prevented us from operating as planned. We strive to provide a seamless service from the time you check-in until the time you get your bags, but that wasn’t the case in this instance. This wasn’t the experience we wanted you to have while traveling with us, and I truly apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused.

We Appreciate Your Business
I’ve deposited 7500 bonus miles into your account. This is not intended to put a value on your experience but is part of our apology for the inconvenience. Please allow three business days for the mileage to be posted.

Thanks for Flying Delta
We look forward to seeing you on another Delta flight.

Regards,

Aaron O Smith
Customer Care
Delta Air Lines

This message (including any attachments) contains confidential information intended for a specific individual and purpose, and is protected by law. If you are not the intended recipient, you should delete this message and any disclosure, copying, or distribution of this message, or the taking of any action based on it, by you is strictly prohibited. Any personal information you provide to us is subject to the terms of our privacy policy found on delta.com. Please check Delta Privacy Policy.

Rather than being home just after 8:00; we got home around 2:00am. That, our dear followers, made for a very long day. But, the good news is: WE GET 7,500 DELTA MILES! FYI: the approximate value of 7,500 Delta miles is, when used for another flight, about $112.50.

This morning, I received this nice note to Paul Russell, Delta "Million Miler" 386ac320-3db1-11ed-b790-f104b075ccb0.png

Some--the older among us--will remember this song sung by Glen Campbell https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AXZmupqz8s0
Others--more youthful--will remember it performed by Green Day. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CnQ8N1KacJc

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Sorry but to watch you'll have to paste and click one of those links. I'm not allowed to paste the actual video here--copyrights and all that I suppose coupled with "I don't know how to do it."c55b4630-3c10-11ed-b98b-a19f3837ecfd.jpg

Either way you enjoy it, here is my message to B4 after spending virtually every waking and sleeping hour by my side for twenty-five straight days:

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Another turning point, a fork stuck in the road
Time grabs you by the wrist, directs you where to go
So make the best of this test, and don't ask why
It's not a question, but a lesson learned in time
It's something unpredictable
But in the end, it's right
I hope you had the time of your life
So take the photographs and still frames in your mind
Hang it on a shelf in good health and good time
Tattoos of memories, and dead skin on trial
For what it's worth, it was worth all the while
It's something unpredictable

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But in the end, it's right
I hope you had the time of your life
It's something unpredictable
But in the end, it's right
I hope you had the time of your life
It's something unpredictable
But in the end, it's right
I hope you had the time of your life

Love,
Paul

Oh, and are you ready for the next adventure I have in mind?

Posted by paulej4 15:39 Archived in USA

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So, Paul, when are you going to open up these trips so others can tag along???

by Mandy, aka B1

What an ordeal! Welcome back home!

by Vince

Yeah! I remember when traveling was glamorous and fun.
😳😵‍💫🙄

by Sandi

Paul & Beryl, many thanks for including all us us on your wild, adventurous, and educational trip!! We loved every minute of it💕!

by Sue McCord-Belzer

Paul and Baryl, I so enjoyed your tales from Dubai. It sounds like such a unique place and your insights were terrific. We are headed to Dubai and Oman in January (first time) and you have given me all sorts of ideas and perspectives. Thank you! Doranne

by Doranne Hudson

Paul & Beryl,
Thank you for your wonderful travelogues! I so enjoyed each and every posting. Glad you are home again and want you to know all is good here in Vero Beach after Ivan marched across the state. Lots of rain and noisy winds but no damage at least out here on barrier island. We have not ventured out since Tuesday.
Hurry back! Hope to see you soon!

by Sandy Rolf

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