An 'excuse' for a man: My Sony digital camera did not make it to KC

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Kansas City Travbuddy Meet-Up (June 2008)

My flight itinerary: TUC - LAS - MCI - TUS, on Southwest Airlines. I traveled on Southwest Airlines to Kansas City, Missouri with a three-hour lay over at McCarran International airport in Las Vegas. With just three hours of a layover, I dared not go out of the airport, not with all the traffic. So I spent time eating, drinking coffee and the best part • people watching. The start of my journey was of course frustrating and annoying because I lost my camera through the security screening gates. Of all places, one would think it would be secure because they can see the intestines of the darn thing. I emptied my bag of electronics as advised by the security guys, put the items in the little blue basket and run it through the metal detector.

Kansas City Travbuddy Meet-Up (June 2008)
The security guy that was screening it looked at me twice and let everything go. Ahead of me were two ladies with more than 5 carry on bags each, I thought nothing of it as I went through the metal detector to get through to the other side. Less than a minute later, I picked up my carryon and video recorder, but could not find my sony camera. I turned to the security guy and immediately announced that I could not find my camera, the little excuse of a security guy told me that I did not bring it. ‘If you had put it through, it would have come through Ma’am’, he said. I looked at this guy with so much disbelief that if my thoughts were loud, he would have had a heart attack based on what I was thinking of doing to him. Arguing with him would have left the rest of the crowd wondering who of us is the idiot.
Kansas City Travbuddy Meet-Up (June 2008)
Besides my flight had already boarded. And so sulking and hardly able to contain my fury, I run to the gate handed the lady my boarding pass and boarded the flight. As is to add insult to injury, I find out my seat is between two huge bearded men, one was literally snoring on a flight that had boarded less than 20 minutes.

The flight to Las Vegas was just an hour and 10 minutes long, but if felt longer with my fury and uncomfortable seating. I was so relieved when we landed at McCarran: I had to wait 3 hours for the flight to Kansas City, which helped calm my fury and fuel more positive energies. Now I had to figure out how I was going to tell my story of the KC meet up without my own photos. While waiting on my flight, I walked around the airport but could not find an electronic shop that had what I needed.

Kansas City Travbuddy Meet-Up (June 2008)
I placed a call to my sister in Las Vegas asking her to get me a Sony DVD recorder Memory Stick. She was shocked at first that I was in Las Vegas and not taking the time to see her. I explained the layover and added that it was ‘desperation’ itself: If I did not get a memory card, I would have a really bad time on a rather anticipated trip to KC.

Well, the request was not honored as she explained that she needed to go to either Best Buy or another electronic shop and then make it all the way across town to bring it to me. The flight will have left by the time she made it. Well, I thanked her anyway and drunk my troubles down with coffee from Coffee Bean Co. The wait turned out not so bad, I had coffee from the coffee bean and chatted with a New Yorker on his way to KC - he was not amusing to say the least.

Kansas City Travbuddy Meet-Up (June 2008)
The flight to KC was smooth and shorter as I slept the whole way.

On arrival, James and Mark advised that I take the "blue'" hotel shuttle that would cost $17, and my reaction was WHAT? The hotel charges to use their shuttle? ‘Yes’, said James and the receptionist. I however found out otherwise later on. It was not the hotel shuttle specific to the Westin Center Hotel, but rather part of a larger shuttle service that services all hotels and they are all BLUE with bright yellow markings 'SHUTTLE" Hahaaaaa! I got to the hotel at quarter to four, checked in and changed for the pre meet at 'Howl at the Moon' which was scheduled for 5:00pm. I still had the DVD recorder, which made me feel a little better. As I tried to format the DVD on the way to ‘Howl at the Moon’, I realized that the DVD recorder actually had an option for photo, and had a memory stick too. It save the day and I made merry, lol!

Here we go KC!

row-zzzzz says:
The first person you met looks cute, I can see him looking at you, if you look closely!!!!!!!
Posted on: Jul 09, 2008
Africancrab says:
You sure did, it was exciting.
Posted on: Jul 01, 2008
acowboy says:
Looks like i missed out... = (
Posted on: Jul 01, 2008
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