My brother Claus called me on Friday.
How come you're not in the middle of this? he asked.
In the middle of what?
Well, you are usually on the flying somewhere when these things happen! he said.
And I am so happy I am home. I was in the air on 9/11, I flew home from Germany knowing there was a hurricane happening on the East Coast, and yes, we did try to land in the middle of it, and then really did, another airport, but land we did. The canceled flight home, luckily only for a day, this January.
So it was a totally reasonable question.
I am happy I am home. Grateful. And I know what the people who are stranded are going through. And am very happy to be home. I am actually thinking about driving by the airport and seeing if someone wants to spend their waiting time at my house. I'm trying to work out the logistics, and if I think it can be done, I'll do it.
Logistics? Extra car - I don't live close to a bus or train. It'd be hard to walk with suitcases to the next bus, should the call come to go to the airport. And so on.
Quick add: If anyone knows of anyone stuck at Newark Airport, please leave a comment. I'll go pick them up, offer a shower and a night's sleep in a bed, food, and a ride back to the airport in the morning. Does that work for anyone? I have beds for 4, plus a couch, and somehow we can make it work. Unfortunately only room in the car for 4 more people.