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Posted on Monday, July 23rd, 2007

Dave!If there's one thing I really hate... really, really HATE... it's being lied to.

I am sitting here in Minneapolis when all of a sudden there's an announcement that the inbound aircraft has been delayed, and we will be an hour-and-a-half late getting into Milwaukee. Well, shit happens, and I'm not too upset about it. If I got angry every time a flight was cancelled or delayed, traveling anywhere would be a miserable experience because there's very few times that stuff doesn't go wrong anymore... flights are always being delayed or canceled.

And then I see that the "delayed inbound aircraft" is coming from Seattle.

Which seems odd, because I just came off of the inbound flight from Seattle.

Which means this was NOT our original inbound aircraft. A quick check confirms our actual aircraft landed on time and originated in Anchorage.

Which means that Northwest is lying to everybody.

And that's stupid.

If they simply said "we've had to change aircraft because we fucked up" or whatever the TRUTH is, I'd be fine with it. But instead they keep announcing over and over again that the reason for our wait is that the inbound aircraft has been delayed. Probably because that sounds more like it's not their fault... hoping that people will assume it's the weather or something. Naturally, this leads me to believe that it IS something that's their fault, because why else would they lie?

And I really hate that.

Lying Northwest Airline bastards...

Bad Monkey says... FUCK OFF!

The real kicker is that if I would have booked this later flight out of Seattle in the first place, I would have had two more hours to goof around at home this morning. Or maybe even sleep-in after having worked until 1:30am.

But instead I'm sitting here being lied to.

UPDATE: And, of course, they lost my luggage. Instead of sleeping-in tomorrow morning, I have to get up and (hopefully) collect my suitcase at the airport instead. Another night of 4-hours sleep. Yay. Thank heavens for my emergency underwear stash in my backpack.

UPDATE: It's 2:00am and I am in my hotel room. Which smells like feet.

UPDATE: Feet which have stepped in a pile of shit.

OBVIOUS OBSERVATION: Clearly this has not been a good day.

UPDATE: My luggage was on the morning flight. Woo hoo! But I did have to pick it out from the carousel amidst loose cans of meat. Somebody packed up a box with food and it busted all over the place. Since I was starving from not having eaten all last night or this morning, I was very near grabbing a can and biting through the metal to eat it. But then I remembered I am a vegetarian. Now that I'm back to the hotel, I'm going to turn the air conditioner ON, take my pants OFF, and have a nap.

PS: The reason I didn't have the airport deliver my bag to the hotel is because I was told delivery runs are scheduled, and I may not get my bag until noon or later. Since I am flying out around then, it was worth the 10 minute shuttle ride to the airport so I could be sure I got it.

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  1. OMG! That is just awful, and then to have a shitty-feet-smelling room! I hope your travels don’t continue to be travails.

  2. Dave H says:

    For a bit of good news – My shirts and badges arrived today! Hooray! đŸ™‚

  3. Wayne says:

    I was going to have a really funny and witty comment, but, um, well, my Internet connection is down! yeah, that’s it!

    (stop wondering how I commented with my Internet connection down. It just happens sometimes, I tells ya)

  4. Mooselet says:

    Sucks to be you Dave. You have my sympathy.

    I was once stuck in JFK for nearly 3 hours, being repeatedly told we were being delayed for “only (another) 30 minutes” when in reality the shuttle flight was stuck in Boston (my destination)! If they’d had told me that in the first place I’d have taken my hungry cranky children who had been travelling for over 24 hours to get some real food, and have found a way to contact my family who was waiting for us. Airlines suck.

  5. Lisa says:

    I haven’t been on a plane in over 3 years but I see they haven’t changed much. Once a liar, always a liar.

  6. ingenue says:

    So . . . you DID tell the other passengers about the lie and started a riot, right?

  7. Suzy says:

    What happened to the days when the airlines delivered lost luggage to your door? In that it was their fault and everything. Is that over too, gone by the way of the hot meal and the nice, pwetty fwight attendant?


  8. Bre says:

    Yuck.. on all fronts.

  9. ADW says:

    Don’t like the arilines. They all lie. One day when the wounds are not as fresh, I will share my horrible story. But at least my hotel room did not smell like shit feet. Yuck!!

    AND, just FYI, I am soooo jealous about your iPhone that I am not feeling bad for you that it is probably waiting for you today while you are out of town. Hah!

  10. jessica says:

    You’re in Mpls? I live in Mpls, about 10 minutes from the airport. I would have come and taken you out for a drink!

    I had a flight from NYC home cancelled on Thursday “due to weather.” WEATHER MY ASS! There is a pilot shortage right now, and if they lie and say it’s weather, they don’t have to pay for your hotel room…

    Sorry man. NWA sucks.

  11. jessica says:

    Oh and PS, you shouldn’t have to go get your luggage. They should deliver it to your hotel, free of charge.

  12. Kyra says:

    If it wasn’t for the fact that I just posted a book long entry about what happened on Thursday night flying back and being trapped, I might have more sympathy for the airlines. I don’t anymore. They’re lying bastards. Or in my case, cruel lying bastards. đŸ˜‰

    But I did learn to always pack emergency underwear like you mentioned. I suppose there is a bright side. I hope it goes better for you, Dave!

  13. Rick says:

    Damn, dude, what else are they lying about?

  14. sizzle says:

    i hate air travel. i feel tired on your behalf. and shitty feet smelling hotel room? not the bonus i was looking for. ewwww.

  15. Robin says:

    Okay, I will lift the voodoo travel hex that I put on you for saying that you have never been canceled when flying through Chicago. Hope the rest of your travels go well and I hope they found your luggage.

    I have actually started anticipating delays when making my travel arrangements and schedule my meetings accordingly. I have only had one flight in the past two years that was NOT delayed or canceled—Chicago to Minneapolis (and the round trip back).

  16. James says:

    LOL… you bastard. Now the next hotel room I stay in is going to smell like feet. Of course it will all be in my head, but it will still smell like feet and I will still blame you. đŸ™‚

  17. Miss Britt says:

    Hate! Hate! HATE being lied to.

    The fact that it’s coming from some big “company” doesn’t make it any better.

  18. Troy says:

    I took NWA from Detroit to Louisville two weeks ago. The flight down was delayed by 1.5 hours due to a mechanical problem with the airplane (meaning we sat on the plane for 1.5 hours with no A/C or anything). The return flight was delayed by an hour for some reason.

    Not a good first impression with NWA. But it was the cheapest airline. Oh well.

  19. Michelle says:

    Why does BMonkey have more fingers than Lil Dave? Just curious. Oh, and would love an autograph from Chipper Jones if you could manage that one, thankyewveddymuch. :o)

  20. melina says:

    “lose cans of meat”…that’s something I haven’t seen on the luggage carousel, yet.

  21. Mia says:

    Stupid Northwest Bastardy Bastards…

    I hate flying.

  22. melina says:

    erm, “loose”. Zzz, zzz…

  23. Avitable says:

    This is why I will only teleport. No more flying.

  24. Beth says:

    ICK – feet in shit. The very thought of the feel, much less the smell makes my stomach ache. Thanks for the great visual now floating in my head! Blech! It can only go up from here, right?

  25. Hilly says:

    I know I’m not supposed to laugh at any of this but the addition of the room smelling like feet that stepped in shit made me crack up.

    Uh, and I hate being lied to as well…just be straight with me and I won’t complain, but lie to me…pfft.

  26. RW says:

    I love how cartoon characters magically grow that fifth finger right on cue!

  27. bogup says:

    My bad monkey classic t-shirts arrived on Saturday, and neither has him lifting a finger…

  28. Caroline says:

    For my last job, I traveled about 60% for four years, and somehow Delta managed to lose my luggage only once in that whole time.

    And I’m sure I’ve been lied to plenty in airports. My priority, however, is working on getting intoxicated enough that I forget that I have a huge fear of flying – not on researching lies that airline employees may be telling.

    My point? Not sure. I just felt like commenting. Hope you had a good nap.

  29. Tracie says:

    Wow, what a day for you! I hope the rest of your trip goes a lot better.

  30. andre says:

    I keep my fingers crossed that the next part of your trip will be troublefree. I’m flying to Barcelona now from London, but only with handluggage to avoid the same misfortune;-)

  31. Patty says:

    Hope the rest of your trip goes smoothly. And that you can get some rest!

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