I Have a Case of Corona

I heard something funny from an Uber rider yesterday. The fellow was somewhat lubricated having been at a bar and he told me that he would be traveling to San Diego on Friday.

I asked him is he was worried about the Corona virus.

His response was an emphatic NO! Then he went on to describe how some guy he knew had been down at a grocery store buying all the water. He was incredulous.

If I’m going to be quarantined in my home for two weeks I’m not buying water…

I’m stocking up on BEER!

– Drunk UBER rider

I appreciate the sentiment.

There, and Back Again

I really should have known better than to try to travel through Chicago in winter. In all my years of traveling this is the first time that I have had to abort a trip. I’m home again, rebooked on a flight From Greensboro to Newark early in the morning. It connects me to a direct flight to London, Heathrow, so I will only be about 5 hours behind schedule.

I have got to say that I am very impressed with the professionalism, grace, poise and teamwork of the United Airways staff. Thank you so much!

The weather across the plains and Midwest is looking really bad. My flight to Chicago was delayed, which was fine, but when the Chicago-Copenhagen flight got cancelled I realized that it was going to be a big mistake to go to Chicago.

Fargo, ND

The United representative rebooked my flight and the United ground crew were able to get my checked bag off the Chicago flight. They made sure that I had it in my hand before I went anywhere. They were completely slammed but they remained courteous, polite and helpful with everybody.

The trip had started with an excellent UBER ride. The driver was easy going and we chatted quite a bit. The car was excellent. By the time we got to the airport I had given him the magic math to successful UBER driving and tax filing. We wish him the best of luck.

The ride home was quite different. The car had a very bad vibration from the rear passenger tire, where I happened to be sitting. I happen to know that this is likely to be caused by the tire being worn out because it has not been rotated on the correct schedule. It gave a very poor impression of the state of maintenance of that particular vehicle. I just happen to be an UBER driver and I just happen to know what it’s like when a rider reports you for a safety concern. However, safety has to be the top priority, so I let UBER know that I was concerned.

The next interesting challenge will be getting an UBER at 4:00am tomorrow morning.