A holiday nightmare

Thread: A holiday nightmare

Page 1 of 4 1234 LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 33
  1. #1
    Member Flyingdoctor's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2006
    Location
    Chicago
    Posts
    2,144

    A holiday nightmare

    Been absent from the forum for a while as I've been on holiday in Ireland. It was brilliant but involved a lot of traveling In Ireland, England and Wales to see my family and kids. I had also hoped to meet up with Graeme but more of that later. Unfortunately as it is with life sometimes you have to pay for good things with bad things.

    Hence the following nightmare. Jet lag and traveling and early flights and driving long distances and lack of sleep. I was absolutely wrecked when we arrived at Belfast airport on Monday morning for the flight back. At passport control I pulled the wife's passport out of it's leather holder and promptly ripped out a page. The damn thing was ready to fall out but the extra pressure separated it from the rest of the passport.

    They wouldn't let us on the plane. Accusing us of having a defaced and damaged passport. The passport guy seen me do it but no way were we getting on. Stress...... just the beginning. I rang my brother who found that there was a Korean Embassy in Ballsbridge, Dublin. We rang and they said it would take 6 weeks to get a new pasport. Sweet Jezus!!!! what do we do now? The Mrs started crying and babbling in Korean and they said they could do a temporary one in 3 days. More crying and babbling and long silence. "We'll do it special case in one hour". As I'm running to the nearest car hire a bloke turned his head and sneezed. bad timing.... I caught the full bast. Within 2 hours my throat started to hurt and my eyes started to tear up.

    I had no idea where the Korean Embassy in Dublin was but I had a little bluetooth GPS unit which linked to my PDA. 2 hours of manic driving later we were 3 miles from the embassy and...... the fecking battery died. We lost signal. Might as well have been 300 miles away. I blocked traffic asking people for directions. Of course no one knew where thee Korean Embassy was, but we met a guy who knew where the US embassy was and said it might be near it. Thankfully he was right.

    As we got out of the car I turned my head and instantly a big black ribbon of blood wafted across my left eye and I lost partial sight in that eye. It was exactly the same signs and symptoms as when I tore the retina in my right eye last year. Now we are talking real stress. I just looked up to the heavens and said 'hey how about cutting me some fcuking slack here!!".

    The embassy was great and got the new passport in less than an hour. Only problem is they used her Korean name and didn't include W/O Millar on it. Of course the plane ticket is in the name of Millar (of course we didn't notice this until we were back in Carrick at my mum's house. Which doesn't have a computer or internet by the way).

    I had thought to ring Graeme and see if we could meet up but given the circumstances I didn't. Sorry Graeme, next time.

    I managed to recarge the GPS unit a bit at the embassy and on our way north it worked but really patchy. After driving around for 30 minutes in Dublin we found ourselves back at the embasy..... I just wanted a gun to shoot myself. Of course by this time I was feelinjg like crap as whatever rhinovirus I had inhaled was starting to kick in.

    We made it back to my mother's at 8 PM after leaving it at 7 AM for the plane. I couldn't sleep worrying whether Continental would accept the travel document and ticket with different names. Next morning we get to the airport and guess who's checking the tickets. The rat bastard from the Monday morning. Nope ticket and passport are different names. After a rather heated discussion with supervisors etc they accepted her ticket but refused my passport. My passport was issued in Beijing and isn't machine readable. US immigration won't accept it. Instead of grabbing the guy by the throat I flicked it over to the US visa which is machine readable. He let us through.

    When I had to change the flights on Monday I asked the ticket lady to just give us the same flights. I never looked at the newark - Chicago leg. We were originally booked on a 4:30 departure which would give us 3 hours to clear immigration etc. Belfast flight was delayed. Arrival at Newark was delayed as we circled waiting for a slot then they couldn't get the gate to work. We were standing in the immigration queue at 2:20 and I looked at the tickets. she had booked us on a 3 o'clock flight for some reason. "Ah for fcuk sake"............

    Unbelievably we made it. The flight was delayed......Our luggage even made it too.

    By the time I got home at 7PM I was wrecked. I went straight to bed and slept right through to 9 AM yesterday. I called the eye speciallist and got in immediately. Thankfully not a retinal tear. I'll not explain what it was but I'll recover fine and my eyesight should go back to almost normal in a few months. I hope my right ear does the same..... what's up with the right ear? Well it had always given me trouble when I dive. Serious pain and real difficulty equalizing. Pretty much why I stopped diving. The PADI certification I did 3 weeks ago was absolute hell and I ruptured something in my inner ear canal. Every morning for the first week I woke up with blood at the back of my throat. I've been partially deaf ever since. There is no rupture of the timpanic membrane but what is possible is that blood has run against the eardrum on the inside and has congealed against the membrane which is affecting the frequency response. It is getting better but it may mean that my diving days are over as i don't want to take any more risks of doing more damage.

    Of course the cold / flu bug I picked up is now in full flight. I came home and went back to bed and slept to 9 AM this morning. I just got up, had something to eat and wrote this, with so much runny stuff dribbling out of my nose to float a battleship.

    I've had to cancel the cussler convention. Which really sucks as I had wanted to meet up with Andy and Ralph Wilbanks again, but the way I feel and as contagious as I am, it's probably not a good idea.

    So that was my holiday nightmare. It cost an absolute fortune by the time I paid for everything and flights, car hire etc in the UK is horrendous, especially short notice flights. Of course as my kids are final year students, presents are useless, cash is king!!!!! Pity whatever meagre investments I had are now worthless, but I think we are all in the same boat.

    Good news...... I came back to find that the vintage aquadive I bought had arrived and is a beauty, I also had 2 dials refinished and they are excellent and the Irishstar I wore in Ireland is now my new favourite watch.

    Right, I'm going back to bed.........

    Pete

    Last edited by Flyingdoctor; October 9th, 2008 at 17:03.

  2. #2
    Member romeo-1's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2006
    Posts
    3,604

    Re: A holiday nightmare

    Ouch...that's all I can say...
    Kevin Vickers doesn't wear a watch...HE decides what time it is.


  3. #3
    Member aikiman44's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2007
    Location
    Long Island, NY
    Posts
    2,629

    Re: A holiday nightmare

    Hope you're feeling better. Some airport employees are the worst SOB's.
    "Gentlemen, we should synchronize our watches."




  4. #4
    Moderator at Large CMSgt Bo's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2006
    Location
    The Blue Ridge Mountains of NC
    Posts
    4,971

    Re: A holiday nightmare

    Tough luck Pete, but any day you wake up on the green side of the grass is a good day.

    Get some rest and welcome back!

  5. #5
    Sponsor Graeme's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2006
    Location
    Dublin, Ireland.
    Posts
    1,026

    Re: A holiday nightmare

    Wow Pete that was some "holiday" if you could even call it that.

    No worries about meeting up, maybe next time

    Get well soon
    Regards
    Graeme
    SAS Watch Co Ltd
    www.saswatchco.com






  6. #6
    Member
    Join Date
    Mar 2006
    Location
    Long Island, NY
    Posts
    242

    Re: A holiday nightmare

    Jeez, some people really know how to pack in a full day's activities while on vacation. Really hope you feel better soon.
    Cheers
    Geoffrey

  7. #7
    Member snoballz's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2008
    Location
    Gotham
    Posts
    2,336

    Re: A holiday nightmare

    Holy crap... Man, sorry you had to go through that nightmarish ordeal when it should have been a pleasant trip. At this point all you can do is to heal and get your health back in order. Of course, you'll have to lick your wounds on the finances.

    I hope the ear problem will not affect your Searaider trip. At the very least, you'll be healthy, catch-up with friends, share stories, and get to see a whole lot of nice watches. Oh basking in the Caribbean sun won't be bad either.

    Oh, and congrats on the Aquadive!

    -luke





  8. #8
    Moderator Jason71's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2007
    Location
    United States
    Posts
    9,115

    Re: A holiday nightmare

    Glad you made it through Pete, although it sounded as if it was a hellish nightmare. Murphy's Law at its finest. Glad you made it back though, and didn't have to wait for 6 weeks for your wife's new passport.
    Best Regards,
    Jason


  9. #9
    Member Duffy0401's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2007
    Location
    PA
    Posts
    1,104

    Re: A holiday nightmare

    Pete,

    Remind me never to travel with you. I'm glad this bad luck didn't start when we met up last year.

    Rest up and I hope everything is getting back to normal for you.

    Chris

  10. #10
    Member squashbear's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2006
    Location
    UK
    Posts
    143

    Re: A holiday nightmare

    Pete

    What a story. Life is often far worse than fiction. Hope you get better soon.

    I have to say, you get the stupid officious people the world over, I don't think the UK has a monopoly on them I still can't bring myself to recount the tale of the car rental agent at Denver airport, even after 10 years

    Adrian
    Caribbean SUB750T #111
    Professional SUB750T #4796 (back from repair )

Page 1 of 4 1234 LastLast

Thread Information

Users Browsing this Thread

There are currently 1 users browsing this thread. (0 members and 1 guests)

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  
The New SUB 750T GMT Professional
2006 copyright Montres DOXA S.A.

2011 Copyright Watchuseek, established in 1998 - Info & Contact: info@watchuseek.com

website design by studio808.co.uk l powered by mhasmo.nl

Search Engine Friendly URLs by vBSEO 3.6.0 PL2