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No one ever said it would be easy…

I’m in Chicago!

Wait, what?!

Yes yes, while the original plan had been to take a flight to Japan, we decided it would be more fun to hang out in Logan Airport for seven hours, then fly to Chicago and spend the night there!  Who wants to be in Japan anyway? There’s a gigantic shining kidney bean in Chicago! And a Sears Tower that is now actually called something like Phillips Tower, but everyone calls Sears Tower anyway! And the Yankee beating White Sox are there as well! It’s way more fun.

So the real story is that, immediately after one other JET and I got cleared through security, they stopped all other JETs from going through because the plane we were supposed to fly to Chicago on had gone up in flames. Or gotten lost in the Bermuda triangle, or lost a wing. Result? Instead of flying out at 10:10 AM we would be flying out at 1:30 PM (which would later be changed to 2 PM, which, feeling left out, was then granted a thirty minute reprive itself. Not to be out done, 2:30 PM became 2:55 PM. (Need I remind you that we arrived at the airport at 7 AM?) This delay of course caused us to miss our connecting flight from Chicago to Narita, and there you have it!

Now a lot of people would be quite upset at this development. We should have been in Japan by now, and we will be missing a day of orientation. The group of 20 people I’m with though, is a great group, and we’ve all enjoyed getting to know each other a little better. Honestly, we’re all BFFs now, that’s what happens when you hang out at the Airport for seven hours with a number of people who consciously had decided not to sleep because they figured they’d be able to sleep on the plane. HA!

American Airlines, with much prodding from the full force of the JET program and the Japanese government, agreed to comp. us all rooms at the Crown Plaza Hotel in Chicago, and they also threw in a dinner and breakfast waiver. These rooms are swank!

Check out the flat screen TV! And the gigantic bed! And the desk! What’s not pictured here is the incredibly comfortable COUCH which is also available. We each got our own rooms, too. Once we checked in, I met a few fellow JETs in the bar, and three of us proceeded to drink three pitchers of Sam Adams Summer Ale. After the three pitchers, the bartender just started giving us free beer. We probably had two more before we realized that sleep was probably a good option. It was around 10 PM at that point, but we needed a good night’s sleep. Perhaps the drinking was a poor decision in the long run, as I woke up this morning slightly hungover, but I’m feeling much better now, and it was nice to get to know everyone a little better. (Though I still don’t remember some of their names :-O )

In about 20 minutes we’re going to shuttle back to the airport to (hopefully, knock on wood) catch our flight to Tokyo around 12:45 PM. I will update some more from our stay in Dallas, or wherever the hell our plane is going to go instead of Tokyo this time 😀


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  1. Winnie
    August 2, 2009 at 3:34 pm

    OMG Dash wat luck! i love it when plans change, makes great stories 😀 btw sweet room 😉

  2. Elise
    August 4, 2009 at 8:51 am

    that summer ale is crap.

  3. dotbearman
    August 4, 2009 at 7:03 pm

    HI dash… it sounds like a barrel of fun……or maybe a “vat” of fun…presumably you’re in y our apartment and catching up on missed sleep….We love hearing about your adventures….just like that book ‘MAX’ in TOKYO.. LOTS LOVE..THE GRANDS..

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