2014-02-07 - 9:23 a.m.
When you're searching for a flight, and the price they quote you for taxes and fees is $666 -- oh, and 60 cents, just in case you didn't take the hint -- it's probably time to stop searching for the night.
I was invited Thursday afternoon on a possible adventure, and I already have flights MSY-MAD on hold, so keep your fingers and toes crossed. Probably because I'm going in the opposite direction from Mardi Gras, it wasn't too hard to get the flight out in a nice lie-flat business class seat booked for frequent flyer miles and $5 in taxes. Coming back, not so much. Mardi Gras will be over, so I don't know why the prices are so high. Spring break? March madness? Is there even a March madness in New Orleans? I don't even know. But something's up, I guess. There are no available AA bookings coming back that I could find. They keep scooting me over to their high-fee partner, British Airways.
So...at the moment I have the flight back booked in the American Airlines equivalent of Economy Comfort but ugh. MAD-MSY is really too far to go in coach. I know, I know, you're coming back during the day, so you shouldn't need to snooze. But who needs other people all around you for 10 hours? Ugh, ugh, ugh.
One problem with coming back in business is that AA wants to route me through LHR. Why? I have no idea.
For much of the afternoon, their website was down and you couldn't log in at all, so it's definitely worth trying at a different time or on a different browser...or both. Stay tuned.
I can't stop listening to On Avery Island. I mean for real. I played it three times yesterday. It's a bit addictive.
Someone said that the name of the album came from a spiritual experience that Jeff Mangum had with the Buddha on Avery Island. Have to admit I've seen that Buddha many a time over the years but I have found it rather opaque as far as inspiring any spiritual vision in me...It must have been waiting for a musician rather than a birder.
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