Patterico's Pontifications


Who Knows FAA Regulations?

Filed under: Real Life,Scum — Patterico @ 10:57 pm

Does anyone know any lawyers with expertise in FAA regulations? Our flight was delayed 3 hours due to mechanical failure, and as a result our entire family (me, my wife, and our two kids) missed our connection. We were put on standby for the next flight, didn’t make it, and were told that the next flight with guaranteed seating is Thursday evening — and that trying standby between now and then will almost certainly be a waste of time. The airline flatly refused to put us on another airline or give us a hotel or meal voucher.

My wife and I will lose three days of work each. We will almost certainly have to file an action in small claims court to get repaid for that. We would really appreciate any help readers could give in pointing us to an attorney with expertise in such matters — ideally (but not necessarily) someone who could advise us pro bono.


P.S. Never, ever fly AirTran. I know, I know; you get what you pay for. Spare me the recriminations. We feel bad enough as it is.

P.P.S. To those who suggest we simply should have booked a non-stop flight: we did. Between Dallas and L.A. It was changed to a one-stop connecting through Atlanta. No, I am not joking.

Do not fly AirTran.

P.P.P.S. One thing apparently will be getting to L.A. safe and sound: our luggage, which we won’t see until Friday.

When Women Make Up the Categories

Filed under: Humor,Real Life — Patterico @ 2:02 pm

Our plane is delayed, so I’ll tell you this story:

During this vacation we played “Like Minds,” a game that requires players to write down as many items as they can think of that fall into certain categories. At my Mom’s house, we didn’t have the category cards, so we had to make up our own categories. One problem: I was playing with a house full of women: my Mom, my three sisters, and my wife. Here are some of the actual categories they came up with:

  • Kinds of chocolate
  • Brands of chocolate
  • Brands of candy
  • Brands of perfume
  • Comfort foods

“Football teams” was my category — and I’m not even a sports guy. I just felt like I had to stand up for our gender.


Filed under: General — Patterico @ 8:15 am

Today will be a traveling day. Use it to finish reading the Year in Review post. If you’ve already read that, you can read the previous years’ posts, which are linked in the Year in Review post. If you’ve already read those, then you’ve had your fill of Patterico. Go throw a frisbee with someone.

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