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February 16, 2004

O'Fallon, MO - O'Fallon, IL

Here I am, sitting in my luxurious hotel - the Comfort Inn. *sigh*

I didn't really think about it this morning when I left for the airport that it was a holiday. But nonetheless, I left early so I'd get there 2 hours before my flight. There wasn't much traffic at 5:30am, so I made some really good time. Parked my car in the lot and took a shuttle to the airport. Then I saw the lines for check-in, which were out the door. And I realized, not only was it a holiday weekend (not for me!) but the All-Star game was that weekend as well, and a LOT of people flew in for it!

Didn't see any recognizable basketball stars there (though there was an increase of tall people there), but I don't think I've seen so much NBA paraphenalia in all my life. People had jackets, jerseys, bags...all sorts of teams. And the bling! Some of these guys had chains bigger than me! Have fun going through security with that! Saw a couple people who obviously worked for the NBA, since they had NBA business cards for their luggage tags. This one woman who was in the WNBA had this sweet matching set of Louis Vuitton luggage. Nice life!

The line took FOREVER, and that was just the e-ticket line. By the time I was done with my e-ticket stuff, it was only an hour before my flight. While I was waiting in line, I watched the security line, which wrapped around the top floor. It was a madhouse in there! I looked at my watch, and hoped that I would get through security in time. As I was stepping to the line, an airline attendant came up to me and asked what time my flight was. She then directed me to a shuttle bus outside.

I got in, and there were other passengers in there that were as bewildered as I was. We didn't know why were were directed to this shuttle. Then a man came in and said that the line for security was more than an hour long, and that about 15 people an hour were missing their flights because of the security line. They were going to send us off to the international terminal to do security then shuttle us straight to our gates.

So we zoomed to the gate in our pretty shuttle, then went straight through security since there were only a couple international flights leaving, then hopped back on the shuttle. Then they brought us right to the gates, and we showed them our ticket and ID and went right into the gate area. Total time: 15 minutes. How lucky am I?

Well, not that lucky. My connecting flight in San Francisco, which was set for 2 1/2 hours after I landed was delayed because of rain, so I sat in the airport for about 3 1/2 hours picking my nose.

But finally I landed in St. Louis, got my rental car (which was upgraded to a Blazer because I came so late because they had nothing else) and drove to my hotel in O'Fallon, MO. When I asked the guy at the counter for directions to O'Fallon, he said, 'Missouri or Illinois'? What an odd question. Missouri, of course. Because my client is right outside of St. Louis, MO.

I look on the map, and see that O'Fallon, IL isn't too far from St. Louis, about 25 miles. O'Fallon, MO the same distance, but in the opposite direction. Hmm. Interesting.

I drive over to my hotel, check in, and ask the front desk how far my client is from the site (my client is the one who suggested the hotel, because it's close) and she was embarrassed to say she didn't know. Must be new.

I get in, switch on the TV, and start working on stuff for tomorrow. Then I remember that I need to check the email that my client wrote with the directions to the site. I'm looking at them, and they just don't make sense.

Then I realize.

I'm in the wrong O'Fallon.

How was I supposed to know I was supposed to be in Illinois? No one told me that!!! And who knew that O'Fallon, Illinois also has a Comfort Inn?

So I scramble to change my reservation, and the girl at the front desk says it's not a problem, I can check out. But I remember that I made my reservation through Travelocity, and sometimes they pre-charge it. I call Travelocity, and there's nothing they can do. I've checked in already. She says I need to call the manager of the hotel.

So I call the front desk, and of course, there's no manager on duty. But this is a different guy, and he says he'll check into it. It's been an hour. Haven't heard from him yet.

So right now, I don't know what to do. Keep on trying to fix this mess and get my ass to the Comfort Inn in Illinois, or just suck it up and drive more than an hour to my client's site. The St. Louis morning rush hour is a big unknown to me.

I think I'll keep on trying.


I hate traveling for work!!!

Posted by Yano at February 16, 2004 09:37 PM


Omg, girl. I had to pop some advil just reading this!

Please tell me who's brilliant idea it was to name two cities the SAME name, and they're that close?

Posted by: April (lil ape) on February 16, 2004 09:54 PM

OOO....Nice colors btw. Anyways, that suck ass.

Posted by: Luna on February 17, 2004 12:07 AM

Oh honey, I am sorry. I hope e/g was straightened out - who would have ever thought???!!! The client should have been more explicit or at least told you that there were two O'Fallons b/e seriously, why would anyone else know that?

Crumb, sorry dude.

Posted by: Lara on February 17, 2004 10:36 AM

Sorry Christine. Whod a thunk it two O'Fallon's so close together. Hope your day is looking look.

Posted by: Shannon on February 17, 2004 07:55 PM

yeah i meant to say UP... whoopps...

Posted by: Shannon on February 17, 2004 07:56 PM

Man, what a mess! I hope the client learns from this and gives more explicit instructions, including a complete address, the next time an out of town business partner comes in.

Posted by: Trisha on February 18, 2004 04:22 AM

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