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    Re: Where is everyone???
    From: Bill B
    Date: 2005 Jan 3, 21:26 -0500

    > I only bring it up as a reminder that even when one thinks and/or plans some
    > activity on the big ponds of the world it can go to hell-in-a-handbasket at
    > the worst of times over the most trivial of events.
    Sounds interesting.  For a real challenge try getting your 86 year-old
    mother (wheel chair and broke two ribs several days earlier) from South
    Bend, IN to Newburg, NY through Cincinnati, OH on Delta's ConAir. A little
    snow storm that *may* have delayed school buses in South Bend a few days
    before our 23rd departure shut down Cincinnati.  That resulted in an
    overload on Delta's brand new, state-of-the-art computer system which
    crashed the whole wondrous thing.
    You know things are not going well when you call their number at the airport
    and finally a Captain answers because passengers are backed up over 100 deep
    at a regional terminal counter and he has nothing else to do!  And of
    course, the police are there to keep the crowd under control.
    Finally reached Delta and find we don't exist for them.  My ticket number is
    Mike Somebody going to Orlando, FL.  I agree if no ID required on our part
    and a free hotel room; and mom and I will hop the next flight to Florida.
    Everybody is happy.  A win win.  No go.
    Have always been of the opinion that one can flirt with Mother Nature,
    perhaps dance with her, and if one is respectful can enjoy the dance and
    come out alive.  Odds of anticipating her moods or beating her at her game
    are nil.
    Meanwhile the digital digerati rant, "Tradition backups, we don't need no
    stinking traditional backups."  

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