Vacation Week 1: Spirit Airlines is a Disaster

I made a last minute decision to take a vacation for myself – by myself.  The first went to Panama City, Panama to visit family.  I was *supposed* to arrive in Panama City at 1am on a Saturday morning but when I showed up to the airport and saw the line I knew something was up.

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“Oh Dear God,” I thought, “I’m going to miss my flight!”

The first time I ever flew Spirit was to Puerto Rico for a long weekend a few years ago.  We arrived in PR 6 hours later than expected.  Since then I vowed to never fly Spirit ever again.  Fool me once, shame on you.  A few years go past, I had heard they gotten better, and then last year they had the best on-time performance in the industry.  No, you are not reading that wrong.  They were #1.  I am not lying to you.  So I thought I would give them a second chance.  Haha, fool me twice, shame on me.

Like, this isn’t fake news folks:  https://www.forbes.com/sites/grantmartin/2019/04/20/spirit-airlines-edges-out-delta-air-lines-as-most-on-time-air-carrier-so-far-in-2019/#4234305014a1

When I showed up to the airport it was complete pandemonium.  I believe something had to be going on with their system because the lines were sooooooo ssssslllllooooowwwwww.  It appeared that they had enough people manning the counter and it appeared that the people were checking into the self check-in kiosks just fine but as soon as they got in line to drop off their bags they just stood there.  It got so bad that people started almost missing their 45 minute minimum bag drop off time.  Counter agents started calling out destinations that were reaching their 45 minute minimum so those people could drop off their bags!  Just yelling out cities, “LA!  WE ARE ONLY ACCEPTING BAGS FOR LA FLIGHT XXX RIGHT NOW!  LAST CALL FOR LA!” I-AM-NOT-JOKING.

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This is the first quarter of the line.  This line made it all the way back to security

Since I was flying international, I was not allowed to check-in with the self-check-in kiosk and had to stand in line to actually check in at the counter.  I was in line for 2.5 hours before I got to the head of the line.  TWO AND A HALF HOURS!  We were in line so long that many people behind me actually missed their flights because they missed their minimum bag drop off time, wouldn’t make it through security, nor make it to their gate in time for the flight.

It was so bad people were randomly cutting the lines to talk to counter agents – thus slowing things down even more.

It was so bad, so many people were losing their tempers, that the manager HAD TO CALL THE POLICE to ensure that it didn’t get out of hand.  Ya’ll I almost thought a riot would break out.  People were self checking in then cutting the bag drop off line to request refunds because they missed their flights.  Tempers were flaring and it was only a matter of time before people stormed the ticket counter. At this point I started feeling bad for the counter agents because it’s not their fault that their company is a disaster, they just work there and have to deal with the fall out.

So, I get to the front of the line and they tell me that my flight has been cancelled and the earliest flight they can get me on is the next day, exactly 24 hours later.  They say the flight was cancelled because of weather but I call BS.  Both the city the plane was leaving from and the city it was landing in were crystal clear.  No, I believe something was wrong with their Network and/or System and/or Processes.  The lines were moving way too slow for it to be because of weather.

I show up the next day, FOUR HOURS EARLY because I am completely shook by what happened the night before and it is all SMOOTH SAILING.  Like, what am I going to do in the AP for 3 freaking hours?!  This just gives me more evidence that something was going on with their network the day before.

Then I finally get to Ft. Lauderdale AND THEY DELAY THIS FLIGHT BY 4 HOURS.  Like, seriously, all I want to do is get to my destination!  At this point I feel like I’m going to be in an airport for the rest of my life!  Again they tell me it’s weather but my sources tell me that Panama City was fine, Ft. Lauderdale was fine, and the city that the plane was supposed to take off of was fine.

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They need to add a word to their slogan:  “Spirit:  You’re practically, basically, almost there…maybe”

DO NOT BELIEVE SPIRIT WHEN THEY SAY DELAYS OR CANCELLATIONS ARE BECAUSE OF WEATHER!  IT’S LIES, ALL LIES, BECAUSE THEY ARE LYING LIARS THAT LIE!  They blame it on weather so they have a valid excuse instead of “our network sucks”, because you can fix a network but you can’t fix weather.

I wonder how much it costs them to special order their planes a bright yellow color because that can’t be cheap?  Maybe if they ordered their planes in a white color with a small yellow logo THEY COULD ACTUALLY AFFORD A NETWORK THAT WORKS?! Or, you know, planes with actual cushioning on their seats with actual pockets?!

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Seriously, Spirit, you can afford to paint your planes bright ass yellow but can’t afford pockets?!  Or maybe a new network?!

Never again, Spirit, never – again.  You won’t fool me a third time.

Humanely Handling Your Rat Issue

Living in the city you’re bound to get rats…especially if you like to feed birds.  Recently I’ve noticed a rat hanging around and knew I had to do something about it.

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Noooo, not Ratatouille!

Now, I actually really, really like rats as an animal.  They are extremely intelligent and are actually really good pets for people who can’t have dogs – whether or allergy reasons or space reasons.  They have a lot of personality and recognize their owners and will learn their owner’s mannerisms and schedules.  They are basically like little dogs with long ass creepy tails.

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A Night of Wine: Empanadas de Queso, Receta Chilena

This weekend I’d thought I’d have a small get together for my mom so she could meet some of my tribe out here in Baltimore.  I thought a wine tasting night would be fun and my mom and I started thinking about what to make for the party.  We wanted to have a bunch of small finger foods that would be easy to munch on as we tried the various wines.

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mmmmmmm, empanadas de quesoooooo

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Art in the Park: En Plein Air Watercolor

Baltimore City always has something fun going on and this year I learned that Mt. Vernon Place Conservancy holds several free events throughout the summer in the Mt. Vernon Place parks.  One of the series that piqued my interest was the “Art in the Park” series.  Art in the Park is a series of classes throughout the summer.  They teach watercolor, photography, cyanoprinting, etc.  Their classes fill up quickly so it is important to sign up early and/or get put on a waitlist.  You can view their events for the rest of the year here:  http://mvpconservancy.org/events/

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Art in the Park

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Mobile Garden Espalier

I’ve had this panel I got at a second hand store for a decade now.  I really love it and have been thinking of ways to turn it into “something”.  One thought I had was a canning jar herb garden but I don’t have enough sun exposure in my house for an herb garden.

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I really love this wood panel

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Homemade Column Fire Pit – Test Run

I wanted 2 column gas fire pits for my back patio but who knew that column gas fire pits were so expensive?!  I didn’t know that I would be looking at fire pits in the $300-400 range for the size that I wanted.

My uncle got me a subscription to Family Handyman for Christmas and their May 2019 Magazine had plans for a nice block fire pit that you could make “in 1 day!” This fire pit was more square than I wanted and used a 20# propane tank, which was much bigger than I wanted.  I want a fire pit that is easily moveable since my patio is so small I would like to tuck these fire pits out of the way when I’m not using them.

I thought if Family Handyman can make this fire pit then HOW HARD CAN IT BE?!  I’M GOING TO MAKE MY OWN!

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Thanks for the subscription, Uncle, It’s not like I didn’t have enough projects already!

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Baby Bird Updates, May 6 & 7

They are growing up so fast! It seems like they are doubling in size every 8 hours. The parents are also switching out much more often. They were switching out every 8 hours or so, now they are switching out about every 4 hours!

They have gotten their feathers in & finding their wings!

They look like little pinecones!!!

Check out my baby bird compilations for May 6 & 7!