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My experience at the San Jose, CA airport  0

Posted on April 1st, 2008. About Ramblings.

We flew into the San Jose, CA airport on March 30th, and as our American Airlines flight arrived at Terminal A, we got off of the plane, and walked around in search of information about our next flight, an Alaska Airlines segment. Unfortunately, getting out of our current area to pursue another flight required leaving the secured area, which I did not want to do because we did not want to go through security again. However, we could not find our next flight on any of the TV screens, and there was no indication that Alaska Airlines even used this airport. After wandering around, we asked a security guard, who informed us that we would have to leave the secured area for the bus stop, get on a bus to Terminal C, and then go through security again to get to our next flight.

Let me explain what going through security means to my family. It means unpacking Evan’s laptop, unpacking our family camcorder, getting Gabriel out of his stroller, taking Gabriel’s jacket off, taking shoes off while holding a baby, getting all of his baby food out in a plastic bag, and standing in line with a baby who just wants to roll around after being cooped up. We had mentally prepared ourselves to do this once in Austin, but after being on flight nearly four hours in duration, much of which was spent taking turns walking the aisles with Gabriel to keep him quiet and distracted from shrieking, when I realized I had to go through security again, it was like a blow to my determination.

One of the flight attendants told us that there was a lot of money allocated for improving the San Jose airport. Evan asked if there were plans to connect the terminals. She looked at us as if she was somewhat surprised by this comment. Duh.

So just a warning to those of you out there traveling with children or who may have tight connections – the San Jose, CA airport is to be avoided. I had better success in the other San Jose airport -the one in Costa Rica.

Some thoughts after my least relaxing vacation to date  1

Posted on April 1st, 2008. About Ramblings.

Evan, Gabriel, and I just completed what was, indeed, the least relaxing vacation I have ever embarked upon. I will be brief in my summary, but it went something like this:

  • Friday, March 21st – a trip to the emergency room with Little G after he manages to eat a clear plastic wrapper and chokes on it; got home at 11PM, packed until 1:30AM Saturday
  • Saturday, March 22nd – got up at 3:30AM to get ready and get all of our stuff to the airport for our 6AM flight; flew from Seattle to Chicago O’Hare with a layover, then from Chicago to Pittsburgh
  • Sunday, March 23rd – Gabriel met his great-grandparents for the first time! Happy Easter to us.
  • Monday, March 24th and Tuesday, March 25th – time with the family in Cranberry Twp, PA and Beaver Falls, PA
  • Wednesday, March 26th – flew from Pittsburgh to Dallas, layover, then Dallas to Austin for my cousin Kelli’s wedding
  • Thursday, March 27th – Gabriel met eight first-cousins-once-removed (all nine years old and younger) and many of my first cousins
  • Friday, March 28th – wedding preparation stuff, rehearsal dinner
  • Saturday, March 29th – wedding! It was beautiful.
  • Sunday, March 30th – flew from Austin to San Jose, CA, lay-over, then San Jose to Seattle, arriving into the Sea-Tac airport at 9PM, and getting home by 11PM
  • Monday, March 31st – Gabriel takes a long nap in the morning, eats lunch at 10AM, and at 11AM starts vomiting. He proceeds to either vomit or dry heave around 12 or 13 times between 11AM and 8PM, when it finally stopped. Thank you to our pediatrician, Dr. Spector, for seeing him yesterday afternoon, reassuring us that this was just “the crud” and not something more serious, and also a special thanks to PediaLyte.

The trip itself was a challenge with all of the traveling, but starting it with a trip to the ER and ending it with a trip to the pediatrician’s office made it that much more of a memory. Fortunately, this morning Little G is looking better – he’s chugging PediaLyte, but we’re waiting until lunchtime to try real food again.

Little G was an incredible trooper through our trip – he hung in there, withstood six separate airplane rides within a week, and kept a pretty good attitude about it. I love my boy.

As always, traveling has provided me with blog fodder, upon which I will elaborate in future posts:

  • The San Jose airport is awful and I will pay extra in the future not to have to fly through there.
  • American Airlines is cheap.
  • Some people will continue to lie to your face, even when you call them out. This happened to us in Dallas.
  • I got to give my tribute to Kelli and her new husband (and my new cousin-in-law), Joe, at their wedding and celebrate Kelli’s and my appreciation for ’80s music simultaneously.
  • Pittsburgh Steelers fans are pretty hard core.
  • Did you know that a baby’s soft rattle is now a threat to national security? Apparently so. Also, did you know that, even though the TSA website does not call for specific instructions for packing baby food in carry-on bags, the security agents still expect it to be treated a certain way? Apparently so on this too.
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