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A Christmas thunderstorm…. redux

December 29, 2018

Similar to the DC-3 I flew out of Temple, Texas back in 1966

….it was a relatively short flight for a commercial plane, only 129 miles between Temple Texas and Dallas, but standing here looking out at the tarmac I could understand why the flight was delayed. I was on a 14 day leave and was heading out from Ft Hood to spend Christmas with my parents, but first one had to get to ‘civilization’ and a much bigger airport with planes capable of flying thousands of miles instead of hundreds. My flight was delayed because of severe thunderstorms and as I waited I wondered what effect those fierce lightening bolts and strong winds would have on a real airplane?

Funny thing about the circle of life is that it is happening whether we realize it or not. Thursday as I was traveling with my children to the airport in Dallas I received a text announcing a delay in my daughters 4pm flight back to Alaska. This was a direct result of, what I thought was a mild thunder storm, but apparently was much more severe. The news this morning spoke of hundreds of flights canceled yesterday because of the storm with today’s backlog a direct result.

I understand that severe winds and maybe a direct strike by a lightning bolt could bring a plane down but why a backup lasting for days, doesn’t the airline have extra planes at their hub waiting for just such an occurrence? Could the carrier just shuffle the stranded people to other flights… are the airlines so fully booked that there are no extra seats, and if so could they not afford to have those extra planes on standby? That said and after a delay my daughter finally arrived in Alaska at a little past midnight and only had to wait till 2am for her bags to catch up with her.

All in all I do wish the Christmas holiday did not have to end and she could remain with me or at the very least I could travel back home with her. Her long absence in my life made here visit all the more enjoyable. Plus being around my grandchildren was enhanced by her presence. My daughter-in-law opened her home to my daughter and provided many wonderful holiday meals even though she still had to work every day.

This was

the first Christmas

that seemed just a little more special

than all the other ones

that this grumpy old man

managed to have

a great time

and even

a smile or two!


My daughter on my left and my son in the foreground at our last family meal together in Texas

9 Comments leave one →
  1. Mike Hohmann permalink
    December 29, 2018 3:21 pm

    I just enjoyed a tasty meal w/ sister-in-law from Anchorage and heard all about the recent earthquake. Happy New Year Pete!

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  2. December 29, 2018 5:14 pm

    Hi Pete!

    What a handsome family you have. So glad to hear you’re enjoying this special holiday with your family. I also enjoyed the picture of the old Alaska airplane. I had no idea they’d been around that long. I got a weather notice that our house in Soldotna was under a blizzard warning, and I thank God I was in Florida. I’ve only been in one blizzard in my life oh, and I’m not good at driving in the snow. Happy New Year oh, Pete, and God bless!

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    • December 30, 2018 12:35 pm

      …. and a blessed and happy New Year to you too Jane. No blizzards in Florida but I am sure the people in Soldotna feel the same way about the numerous hurricanes that Florida gets. I guess it all depends on what one is used to?

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  3. December 30, 2018 3:59 am

    It must be very nice, having your families there by your side for the holidays.

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    • December 30, 2018 12:37 pm

      Yes ‘taurusingemini’ for me having the family there worked out well, after all as one gets older one never knows how many more holidays one has with their family.

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  4. Dwight permalink
    December 30, 2018 6:44 am

    Nice article, Pete. Happy Holidays to you!

    Liked by 1 person

    • December 30, 2018 12:38 pm

      Thanks Dwight I hope you had a great Christmas and will enjoy a peaceful News Year eve


  5. Jon permalink
    December 30, 2018 2:42 pm

    Hey Pete,
    reminds me of your family gathering pic I mentioned in your last posting. That storm Trish waited out was on the southern end of the same that gave us over 1/2″ of rain Thurs. & up to 20″ of snow in N. Mn. We were so fortunate to be in on Century Link’s 37 state outage + losing our internet for almost a day when some clown lost control & completely blew up two of their junction boxes down the street.
    Traveled “up north” Fri. into all that snow for high school hockey & visiting in my home area. -15 Sat. morn. up there but had a lot of fun anyway.

    Glad your family was able to get together again. HAPPY NEW YEAR TO EVERYONE FROM MYSELF & MARGIE.

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