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Thursday - September 14, 2006
Yknow, i'd like to say that i'm writing this from somewhere over the Atlantic ocean, using some sorta funky cool wifi net connection they are talking about making available to people in airplanes... but that's not the case. I'm home, and Sarah and I are NOT in any plane on our way to Germany.
What happened? Well, Sarah and i headed to the airport in plenty of time to get onto our flight. When we tried to check in, we were unable to, and after several tries, they sent us up to the international desk. At that point we found out that part of the problem seemed to be that they had spelled Sarah's last name wrong (it's different than mine). The Northwest Airline people were very helpful, and were working on changing her name to the correct spelling so that we could fly (these days, your passport has to match your ticket exactly) when it was discovered that there was no actual ticket attached to Sarah's reservation.
It looks like the travel agency initially issued Sarah's ticket with my last name, and after being corrected by Connichi, they refunded that ticket and created a new reservation... but never procured a new ticket to go with the 'corrected' name.
To make a long story short, it so much time to figure out what was wrong that by once we figured it out it was too late for us to check in to our flight (International flights must be checked in about an hour before flying, i think). We were faced with having to plop down $1029 to get a ticket for Sarah, AND we were not able to take a direct flight but a layover flight would get us there late friday night. I'm sure that Connichi would have had no issues with reimbursing us, and we could have cleared things up with little difficulty, but... not arriving until late Friday night just wasn't going to work. It just didn't make any sense to be there for only one day. (there's something i need to be here for on monday, which was why we were leaving Sunday rather than Monday)
So, the bad news is that Sarah and i will NOT be at Connichi this weekend. If you are going to Connichi this weekend (or have gone, if you are reading this afterwards) i want to apologize profusely for not being there. In my many years of attending cons, i've never had this happen. It's not Connichi's fault - it appears that their travel agency dropped the ball on this one, and i feel very bad about this. Hopefully we can go next year. I'd like to thank them for their efforts and hope that everyone has a good time, it's a great show.
The good news is that i now have no excuse for not doing comics for Friday and Monday :) I have a DPD Cortana was going to post that i'll post a bit later to give me some time to get back into finishing up Fridays comic, and i'll type a bit more later. Right now, i feel kinda bummed, and tired, and i need to find some food.