We were up early (for me) at 6:10 to immediately get cleaned up and ready to travel. I was emotional about packing up Rufus, Brigid and Lizzie to go to Alpha Boarding; I always feel like the worst parent when I'm leaving them at the kennel, even though I obsessed about picking the best kennel for them... Brigid was manic about the whole thing, Rufus a little confused, and Lizzie very unhappy.
After entrusting our babies to Alpha, we drove to SalesPage,
where we parked the truck and walked to the Kalamazoo/Battle Creek International
Airport with our two checked bags and our carryons. As usual, security checks
here were easy and fast, and then we sat around and waited to board for an
uneventful flight to Detroit. At Detroit, we waited again, a 4-hour layover. We
ate at a Guinness pub, which had acceptable food and beer, though we may have
committed sacrilege by having Shorts beers rather than Guinness. In another nod
to the locals, the joint has Zingerman's bread.
We boarded a 777 to Amsterdam, sitting in row 41, middle and
window seats. I am pissed about this, as our tickets were to be in about row 11
in Economy Comfort, purchased last November. Delta has kept changing the plane
and randomly assigning us to new seats, and somewhere about the fifth or sixth
such change, they not only split us up, but screwed us out of Economy Comfort.
At one point, I’d gotten on the phone with an agent and managed to get us exit
row seats at the front of a compartment, for the extra leg room, but then THOSE
seats were changed, too. It isn’t clear why this kept happening, but I can’t
help but wonder if the special screwing had something to do with the base
tickets being purchased with Score Card reward points.