Thursday, January 15, 2009

Ten Minutes of Fear

Jim was scheduled to fly home from Finland today, arriving in New York City sometime between 3 and 4 PM. I got home at 4:30 today, turned on the TV, hoping to catch the second half of Ellen and there was Brian Williams, describing "Breaking News", a plane had landed in the Hudson River. Of course, I immediately worried about Jim's plane. For the next 10 minutes, I saw photos of a commercial jet in the river, but could not see or hear a report about the details of the plane. As you might imagine, it was a very scary time until I heard that the plane was a US Airways plane, that had just taken off from LaGuardia heading for North Carolina. Jim was on Air Finland heading towards JFK. So I started breathing again and then watched with amazement at the miraculous rescue of the passengers and crew. This past summer when I was in NYC after my bike ride ended, I remember being impressed with all the water taxis on the river, thinking that it was a great way to travel. It sounds like those very taxis were instrumental in the swift and safe rescue of all involved. It will be interesting to hear more details of this fateful flight as they emerge. 

I called Jim after getting an e-mail from him saying that he had arrived at JFK. He knew nothing of the plane in the river. At this point his plane back to Rochester has been delayed by 45 minutes. I'll keep my eye on the airline website.

The bitter cold continues and our area is supposed to get a good dose of "lake effect" snow tonight. Tomorrow the forecast calls for more arctic air with the addition of some wind, driving the wind chills down towards 2o below, which is the temperature when schools are closed. We'll see if this really happens.

Tonight I went to a local restaurant with Gram and GrandDad to sample their German Month menu.  We each had a different entree and they all got a good review. Jim was glad to have missed this meal since he has had his fill of German restaurants during our last 2 trips to SU.

I just checked the Delta website and Jim's flight has been delayed another 10 minutes, to an 8:40 departure. Jim said they were waiting for a crew to show up. Seems like Delta should know when a crew would be available.

I've been knitting on Jim's sweater and have about 12 inches of the front completed. The back is done so I feel like I'm making good progress.  

Anybody watching American Idol? I've only seen a bit on Tuesday and Wednesday and there was the usual mix of the ones with potential and the ones who are clueless!

Just got an e-mail from Jim that he had boarded the plane! Now they just need clearance to take-off. Once I know he is in the air I will go outside and snow blow his parking spot in our driveway. The past 2 mornings when I've snow blowed a few inches, I've only done the main part of the driveway, so tonight I have to finish the job.

Hope all is well. 

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