Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Thirty - Stuck in the airport

So, I went sleep around midnight, and got paged by a colleague a few minutes after that. The page said "Flight to Lisbon canceled. Please read your email".

This was the original plan for my day: I would wake up (in pain) at 4:30am, and go to the Zurich Airport, where I would take a flight at 6:30am to Lisbon. Getting there, we would have a fun unConference with all the SREs in EMEA, and then head for dinner, and then tomorrow we would have some more conferencing, and beach activities.

I got another page, at 1:41am, saying "Please go to the airport as originally planned". And another at 4:17am. Then at 4:30am, the alarm clock did its job. The problem is that not all things and people in the world are doing their job today. Flight controllers in France are on Strike. I think France should hire some "Country Reliability Engineers". The first thing I would ask them would be to define what the hell is the France SLA.

My flight from 6:30am was canceled. We got rebooked to a flight at 12:25pm, which is delayed. Its 11:59am Zurich time. I'm in the Swiss Business Lounge at the airport, and have *no idea* when I am actually going to fly.

Ok, this is *not* a cute post, but I remember that last time I was in this kind of crazy situation with flight cancelation and crazy connections was on my way back from Peru to Porto Alegre, when I was with B, and we actually managed to have an ok time, and not hate each other despite the bad situation we were at -- we had to fly 5 hours in a seat which didn't recline at ALL, and that gave us a day of back pain.

Listening to music again, just before I fell asleep in a extremely uncomfortable chair at the Swiss Lounge (uncomfortable for sleeping, its very good for siting, which is not what I need today) I heard this song, from Jamie Lidell. It's called "All I wanna do".

If I could swallow the sky
And the mountains too
I'd do it
So there'd be nothing
To fall on you
Cause in a world full of wonders
To let it openly wonder
When there's still little wonder left in you

And all I wanna do
Is show you
How easy
It could be
For you to paint back
The colours
Like the green in your tree
Before it all fades away

They say there's no roads where we're going
Let's prove them wrong
If I could I would level the land
So we could keep moving on
Cause in a world full of magic
It's never ever tragic
When there's still
A little magic
Left in you
And all I wanna do
Is show you
How easy
It could be
For you to paint back
The colours
Like the green in your tree
Before it all fades away

When it's cold outside
And your sun's all?
You'll be sleeping too
In a? above your dreams
Don't you know that
There's really no such thing
As an endless night
So let's make a little magic
Just to put things right

And all I wanna do
Is show you
How easy
It could be
And all really I wanna do
Is show you
How easy
It could be
For you to paint back
The colours
Like the green in your tree
Before it all fades away

All I wanna do
All I really wanna do

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