I love the airport in Fort Lauderdale and their hospitality towards those with late flights. I flew to Texas early Sunday morning and came back to Florida late Monday night, or really early Tuesday morning. My flight landed at 12:30 am. I got off the plane and went to the restroom and before I even rolled down my pants, the overhead com came on: Hello passengers from Flight 51. Your baggage has been unloaded. Hurry to baggage claim or we’ll close and your suitcases will spend the night with us and you can come get them in the morning. Translation: Get your stuff and get out!
So, I rush to baggage claim, joining a crowd of people from my late flight, only to stare at empty baggage carousels. Our luggage hadn’t even been put out yet. Airport personnel just wanted to corral us all in one place, so they could start locking down. The bags come out and once the last bag is out, they cut the power to the carousels, so we had to walk around looking for our bags instead of having them revolve around us.
Message: You don’t have to go home, but you got to get the hell up out of here!
So, anyway… back to flying to the Lone Star State. I took a 7:00 am flight that should have gotten me to Dallas Love Field by 10:40 am. I got there about noon, rented a huge van and drove back to my old apartment. Once inside, I discovered that I had left behind more stuff than I thought, and it might not all fit in the van. I repacked and, with a friend, crammed as many boxes as I could into the van. I woke up the next morning to make two trips to Greyhound to drop off my boxes.
Let me tell you something awesome. I used this company called busfreighter.com. You tell them how many boxes you have and approximately how much everything weighs together and they tell you how much it will cost. I estimated that I had 65 boxes and that each box weighed about 40 pounds: total of 2600 pounds. That cost about 1600 bucks. Busfreighter.com sends you shipping labels via e-mail the next day, you tape them to your boxes, and then you drop them off at Greyhound. Well… I got to Greyhound, they weighed my stuff piece by piece, and the total weight was… 956 pounds. Busfreighter.com has a policy: if you underestimate the weight of your shipment, they will charge you for the extra poundage. If you overestimate the weight and pay too much, no refund. Noooooo! So, I called them and explained and they generously said: Well, since you were more than 200 pounds off (hell yeah, I was), we will see what we can do about a refund.
Sigh, even if they don’t (and I pray that they do) I still will have paid less to move than I would have had I stuck with those good for nothing movers.
Ah well, now I’m back in Florida, awaiting my multitude of boxes to arrive. Joy. More unpacking.