We’re Still Here

10 Dec

Lulu at TownePlace Suites

Lulu relaxing in our new one-bedroom suite.

Baxter at TownePlace Suites

Baxter recuperating from a stressful day at Dulles Airport.

My worst nightmare came true on Wednesday. We got caught up in a bureaucratic nightmare of epic proportions at Dulles Airport concerning shipping the cats. We never got on the plane and have had to reschedule our departure for next Tuesday.

The day started off in traffic hell on the DC Beltway, nearly bumper to bumper all the way to the Dulles exit. We arrived at the Continental cargo facility where we dropped the kitties off after all the paperwork was scrutinized. We returned the rental car then proceeded to the terminal to check in. Just as we were heading to security we received a call from the cargo facility. The message was the kitties could not fly out that day. Continental had booked them on a flight that would have the kitties arriving after customs in Tel Aviv closed. Customs would not be open again until Sunday. Thank god we hadn’t already boarded the plane. Not sure what we would have done then!

We unchecked ourselves from the flight. I waited in the terminal with our bags while Brad went to get another rental car. We went back to the cargo facility to pick up the kitties. The embarrassed clerk handed back all the paperwork to me. We all piled back in our new rental (a Nissan Murano) and headed back to Linthicum. Barely on the road five minutes when we received another call from the cargo facility. They had forgotten to give us back some of the paperwork. Most of the paperwork would have to be redone except for one very valuable document: the original results of the rabies titer for Lulu. So… it was back to the cargo facility again. Trouble is you just can’t turn around on the Dulles access road. We had to drive all the way to the DC Beltway, take the first exit and then get turned around to head back to Dulles. Grrrrr.

Brad dropped me and the kitties off at our empty house, then headed off to reschedule our departure. I didn’t have computer access at the house so I had to resort to looking up hotels in the phone book. I was surprised at how many hotels were fully booked. And many did not allow pets. Finally booked us into a one-bedroom suite at TownePlace by Marriott.

The poor kitties spent most of the day in their portable kennels. Lulu cried nearly constantly…but did not drool too much at all! Baxter was well behaved and didn’t soil his crate. Guess it was good practice for our real departure next week.

Another piece of bad luck that day: somewhere along the line I lost my John Lennon pin. It was a really cool one with the image of John from the cover of his book “A Spaniard in the Works.” Guess it was appropriate for the day’s events.

On the positive side, we got to use our coupon for Blue Agave, a Mexican restaurant we hadn’t had time to visit before Wednesday. And we can make one more visit to one of our fave breakfast joints, Blue Moon Cafe. And well be treated to a home-cooked pasta dinner at Domenica’s.


2 Responses to “We’re Still Here”

  1. Bob December 12, 2010 at 8:33 am #

    Just noticed you have not gone yet, sounds like a nightmare. Hope all goes well next week when get final lift off. Are you staying in the diplomatic area, stayed there with a friend once – very nice.

    Good luck and Merry Christmas


    PS how did you do the snow effect on your page?

    • Lenora Genovese December 12, 2010 at 10:34 am #

      The snow effect is a special feature on wordpress blogs available only until January. Would you like me to add it to the RSPB blog?

      I think the area we will be in is the diplomatic area. It is a nice area north of the city center.

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