Timing is Everything

…and I’ve got horrible timing.

I’ve experienced a few very minor earthquakes in my time (once as a child my brother and I felt something on the Cape, and when I lived in San Francisco I felt a small rumble one night while brushing my teeth). Very minor stuff, though. Now, I don’t want another Haiti or San Francisco of 1906 earthquake to hit while I’m present, but I would love, just once, to experience a massive rumble. I’ve been through hurricanes and blizzards…this is just another of nature’s miracles I’d like to witness.

Randy and I have been to California numerous times over the past few years and on more than one occasion, an earthquake has occured a day or two before (or after) our visit. Even more frustrating, we visited San Francisco once then drove to Mendocino (many hours north) only to arrive in Mendocino to watch the news and find that an earthquake had struck San Francisco just hours after we left. I missed it by mere hours!

Well, I learned today that I’m going to miss out on something else. Last year JetBlue offered an amazing deal for October: an all-you-can-jet ticket. You buy a ticket (last year I thought it was about $500) and you would have unlimited travel for 30 days. Alas, Randy and I were closing on our condo in October (and had already booked a trip to Puerto Rico for mid-October) so we weren’t able to take advantage of the deal.

Then I heard they were offering the same promotion again this year (though, for $699 this time around). Excitedly I looked at the dates. Then ugh. We’re going to be in Europe for 2 of the 4 weeks of the promotion. Sigh.

Now, I’m thrilled we’re going to be in Europe. But I wish the promotion were just one month later. Maybe they’ll offer it again next year (note to self: don’t plan any trips for September or October). I have so much vacation time banked that I could take the entire month off. My schedule would be completely open to visit friends in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chicago, Denver, and Fort Lauderdale. And I’ve been curious about Bogota, Colombia. Perhaps Aruba? I’d love to explore the rest of the island of Puerto Rico.

Maybe next year.


  1. Comment by Jeffrey on August 18, 2010 10:22 pm

    An earthquake would be nice, but personally I’d like to witness a tornado. Both at the same time would be awesome.

  2. Comment by Randy on August 20, 2010 1:49 pm

    Karl your life is so rough!
    I take you to Europe for 2 weeks and you complain you arent able to travel. You are getting to Finland, Estonia, Belgium and France in 2 weeks. thats not too shabby

  3. Comment by Mark on August 21, 2010 8:04 am

    I’ve witnessed a tornado. It’s awesome, but horrifying.

    And RR – I’m ever so grateful that you’ve finally been able to FORCE Karl to come for a visit!

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