PERSONAL: Made it to Minneapolis

Posted on November 17, 2006. Filed under: Visual FoxPro |

What a pleasant trip to Minnesota we’ve had.

It all started when we logged onto Qantas the night before our flight and discovered our Frequent Flyer points upgrade had come through – we were upgraded to Business class.

So as you can imagine, the flight over was fantastic. In fact everything about our trip, starting from the taxi ride to the airport, to the great staff in the Qantas Club, to the extremely pleasant flight attendants was a pleasure. The flight was delayed so we were a little worried about our changeover in LA given that we were down to just over an hour to make it through immigration and transfer over to Terminal 2 and check-in with Northwest.

Not that we should have worried. The ground staff were fantastic and practically walked us through immigration (max 10 minutes to get through) and then almost walked us over to Terminal 2. The Northwest staff helped us with the self-checkin (even though it is supposed to be self checkin 🙂 and found our luggage which we’d Re-checked over at Terminal 1. The nice guy at the checkin counter got us seats together (even though most of the people were already on the plane and it was about to take off…) and we made it through to Minneapolis no probs.

Although I hadn’t mentioned my fears to Michele, I was quietly preparing myself in case our luggage hadn’t made it onto the plane. Again, not to worry, our luggage came out almost immediately, courtesy of the priority tags (that I assume Qantas had put on them).

Now, I know they probably handle this situation all the time, so it is most likely a normal day for them, but I feel compelled to say how pleasant the whole experience was. So often, we only write about things when it has been a bad experience, so what a joy to write about great service all the way through.

James, Jackie and Jemma (or 3Js as we call them) picked us up at the airport and took us home via the local mall (we had to get in some early Mallage) to pick up dinner. The biggest shock was ofcourse the overwhelming choice on offer (even at a local ‘small’ mall). There must have been over 50 different brands of chips for starters, and the range of Coke flavours will be best discovered one a day (we’re here for 7 weeks…)

3Js’ place is great. Nice and spacious, with a great view out their windows of non stop Oak trees. Reminds me of the opening scene in ‘The Silence of the Lambs’ where Jodie Foster is running through the forest at Quantico (although Virginia is a little south east of here ofcourse).

Since we arrived at night, we stayed up for a few hours and then went to bed, had a great sleep and woke up the next morning. It’s early afternoon as I write this now and I feel great. I’m not a great traveller, so jet lag will most likely hit in the next day or so, but for now I feel full of energy (and slightly euphoric – this often happens just before jet lag hits). Also, since I’m not ‘connected’ as yet I haven’t been able to log into work and check emails – there’s a wonderful feeling of freedom at this point. New country, new place, new climate {s}, no email, no work. Holiday. I’m the luckiest guy I know.

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4 Responses to “PERSONAL: Made it to Minneapolis”

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Welcome to Minnesota, interesting time you picked to visit. This is about the time of year I start thinking about heading to your part of the world.

Huh. I’m going through Minnesota in a couple of days, but I’m going to miss Minneapolis — I figure that South Dakota is safer than North Dakota at this time of year. 🙂

Chap. Its work here 🙂 Great to hear you arrived in comfort (I never get the upgrade!).

Before we send through all the work we have piling up here, I thought we might play some Mall of America bingo. Here is a list of things I challenge you and Michele to do over the next few weeks.

1. Locate the Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. store and ask for Captain Dan.

2. Not go to Hooters!

3. Find the women’s fashion store Everything but Water and ask for a drink. You may need to fake an epileptic fit or something but get a drink of water.

4. Find the toy shop, Games by James and ask for James. If refused, demand James stop playing games with you and provide you with some service. Make a scene if you need to and demand your rights.

5. Find the sports shop US Olympic Store and ask for the same EPO the US athletics team use. You may need to pad up before embarking on this one…ouch!

6. Find where you parked the car!

All the best.

Chap out.

Its Phil Lee…


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