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Missed Connections

Bob's Side of the story:
Leave Los Angeles on an 8AM flight to Toronto. Toronto to Frankfurt. Frankfurt to Marseille where Brenna and the kids pick me up at 9AM the next day and we all drive back to Saint Quentin la Poterie for breakfast. At least that's what the airline itinerary and our iCal said.

I made it to Toronto with no problem -- even with enough time to sit and have a drink at the airport bar. Unfortunately, the weather didn't read my itinerary and this ended up being my first delay. The flight wasn't all that rough once we were in the air but it was late enough to cause me to miss my connection in Frankfurt. The 'helpful staff' that was supposed to be waiting outside the gate to direct us to connections was not -- there or helpful (I guess that's redundant -- if you're not there, how can you be helpful?) I piled in line with everyone else who'd missed connections and was directed... hold it. It's obvious this is one of those posts where I list the painful details of everything that can and did go wrong on my travel day. Let me spare you the next six or eight paragraphs and cut to the chase.

  • Four countries
  • Two delayed flights
  • One lightning strike on the plane
  • One Air Traffic Control strike in Paris
  • Two missed connections
  • Five security checks (Two where I get my gear swabbed for bomb making residue -- not as fun as it might sound)
  • Six unanswered calls to Brenna (poor woman - stuck in an airport with a stupid Serbian phone, waiting for hours on end with the kids)
  • Lost luggage
  • 32 hours door-to-door

It sounds worse than it was. I ended up making friends with a fellow traveler who was flying from Toronto to visit his cousin in France. He called ahead and had Coco, that's his cousin, looking for Brenna and the kids in the Marseille airport and he let me use his iPhone to call and email and facebook Brenna. When we finally landed in Marseille, almost 10 hours later than scheduled, and none of could find her, we decided we should go and have drinks and dinner until our luggage came in on the even later flight. I thought my family had probably given up, and was back home waiting for word. Coco had plenty of time to scope out Marseille and found a Lebanese restaurant while he was waiting for Imad, my new traveling friend.

Brenna's Side:

Well... the thing is... the kids and I were still hanging out in Barcelona the day that Bob flew in. YIKES!! We'd gotten the dates wrong, and thought that Bob was coming in the next day. Wife Of The Year!
I got home around 9:00 that night, sent the kids up for showers, with warnings about the super-early wake-up call the next morning to go pick up Dad. I opened my email, and read one posted four hours earlier from Bob that said, "I'm at the airport. Your phone isn't working. Where are you?"

My heart stopped! Oh No!! My phone was dead, so I plugged it in, and ran back to the computer. There was another email from him giving me the phone number of a guy he met on the plane, but the number was wrong, and I kept calling someone in Canada. The third time, he picked up the phone saying "I was going to say 'This is Bob', but that seemed too cruel." Nice guy, but I was too near panic to find the humor. I called a friend in LA, hoping that Bob might have tried to get in touch with him. He answered saying "I swear I put him on the plane." It was a joke. Wait... this could go on and on. I'll do it Bob's way:

  • Spend 4 days in Barcelona with the kids, wishing Bob were there every minute of it.
  • Get home on Thursday night a little later than hoped, but super-excited that we get our Man Soon!
  • Check email, and realize that the Man has been waiting at the airport, with no way to get in touch with you, for hours, because you let your phone run out of charge and didn't bother to plug it in.
  • Curse. Panic. Plug phone in.
  • Call the number on the email several times in Skype, greatly amusing someone in Canada.
  • Read several Facebook posts, all telling you that Bob is back in France. Good God! Everyone but ME in on the ball!
  • Finally get in touch with Bob, after getting the correct number from your cell.
  • Have 3 hurried conversations concerning a plan to rendezvous once the luggage has landed.
  • On the 4th call, after he apologizes for being so late, and causing so much trouble, admit that actually, you forgot him, and were in Barcelona all day.
  • Fall in love all over again with the man when he says in response "Oh My God. That is Awesome!!!", and cracks up laughing.
  • Pick him up at 2:00am, at a closed and deserted train station in Avignon, thanking his new friends profusely.


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Reader Comments (15)

Wow! What an adventure on both sides. I guess in the way it worked out that the kids and your wife didn't have to wait in the airport for a really really long time. And you also didn't have to wait in the airport for a really really long time either. :)

May 13, 2010 at 7:00 AM | Unregistered CommenterAmy @ The Q Family

It's true, Amy. The whole thing went down as well as it could have under the circumstances.

May 13, 2010 at 7:25 AM | Registered CommenterBob & Brenna Redpath

I swear I put him on the plane.

May 13, 2010 at 9:08 AM | Unregistered CommenterPaul

That is just priceless. Imagine how it'll play out when it's a movie!

May 13, 2010 at 9:15 AM | Unregistered CommenterKimberly

See how EASY it is to fall in love all over again?? It sounds like a divine plan to me!

May 13, 2010 at 9:13 PM | Unregistered CommenterJane Cuñha

Oh gosh, very funny how things work out when you think the worst has happened!!! You guys are great!!

May 13, 2010 at 9:33 PM | Unregistered Commenterpamela

THAT's the movie! Right there. My favorite post so far - sorry it was such a hassle but it's a wonderful story....

May 13, 2010 at 9:55 PM | Unregistered CommenterMara Lopez

Great story....great ending!

May 13, 2010 at 10:22 PM | Unregistered CommenterKevin

Lama keeps falling in love with the Redpaths.

Gunga (sniff) Gulunga (sniff, sniff)


May 13, 2010 at 10:50 PM | Unregistered CommenterYo Lama

Bob, I was really happy to see you @ WB for Pilot Season! A 'Hiatus' from travel and adventure.. But I'm even more happy to hear you're back safe and sound with your fellow-adventurers for 'Hiatus'!! Honestly, it doesn't surprise me at all that you surprised your beloved with laughter and relief that they "hadn't had to deal" with the tribulations of an itinerary-gone-wrong!!

I speak from personal experience Brenna, it sure is nice to know a strong person with a natural ability to reach for the glass that's "half full", huh?? LOL, this too is one of my top 3 fav posts to date! -Eric H

May 14, 2010 at 6:18 AM | Unregistered CommenterEric H

truly funny post. thanks for the laugh.

May 14, 2010 at 8:13 AM | Unregistered Commentermichele

That is such a great story. I am glad he is safe. I have had a few mishaps flying myself, and it was a struggle for me to get on another plane again, so kudos to Bob!

May 14, 2010 at 9:14 AM | Unregistered CommenterJessica (DreamTravelerJess)

Wow! Just like Eric's reply, one of the best posts!!!! This is up there with Brenna's hair dying in Serbia in the early part of this adventure!!! Next year instead of working on Pilots, you two should be pitching your own pilot based on this past year!!! Have a continued safe and wonderful time!!! Keep blogging, you guys make my day!!!

May 14, 2010 at 11:06 AM | Unregistered CommenterCarla Street

This post made me fall in love all over again... with the Redpaths! You guys are amazing!!! I am living vicariously through EVERY one of your posts! Keep them coming. xxx Jill

May 14, 2010 at 7:25 PM | Unregistered CommenterJilypoo

This. Post. Is. Hilarious. Brenna, you crack me up.

May 16, 2010 at 10:29 AM | Unregistered CommenterJill

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