Not sure where our Weekend Coffee Share host is. Nothing showed up in my emails, so I headed over to Parttime Monster Blog (the original and current host for the Coffee Share challenge) — Nothing… Then I checked over at There She Goes (who had taken over briefly while PTMB took a much needed leave of absence… Nothing there either.
Hopefully everything is okay over on both fronts… Anyway, here’s my Coffee Share —
It’s been a fairly interesting (guess you could say) and busy week. As usual much of the busy-ness is pretty much typical day to day type stuff that really isn’t worth writing about (shopping, doctors appointments, chores, day to day projects, etc, etc.
Don’t remember if I mentioned about doing this in my last Coffee Share, but last Monday we put our son on the plane to go visit Grandpa. Being that he is almost 16 (less than a week away now) it was decided that he should be well old enough to travel as a regular passenger and not require the “unaccompanied minor” assistance. The trip there went without a hitch. We were able to accompany him to the gate and ensure he got on the plane okay and grandpa was able to meet him at the gate with no problems. Even on the return trip home, there was no problems and grandpa was able to accompany him to the gate, making sure he got on the plane okay.
The only problem we ran into was meeting him at the gate at this end. Because our name wasn’t in the reservation notes as being allowed to meet him at the gate the ticket agent wouldn’t give me a gate pass… In a way I blame (but not really placing blame) on the fact that the ticket agent that was there at the time we put him on the plane back on monday did not mention thenecessity of doing so when we asked about the requirements needed to meet him at the gate on his trip home – instead she just told us that all we needed was the confirmation letter/email of the flight and an I.D. This was not completely accurate info and caused a delay and undue stress on my part. I do, also, have my suspicions that the ticket agent (at the time I was going to pick up my son) was discriminating, but that isn’t something I have any proof on and since everything did work out – isn’t worth making an issue about. There was one other WTH moment as I went through security and was detained (only for a moment) as they checked the buttom of my pant leg. As expected, nothing was found and I was allowed through without further delay but after having had to deal with the situation at the ticket counter I was under a bit of stress and my first thought was WTF is going on this time – Thankfully I remained calm and everything. worked out fine…. In fact I made it to the gate in plenty of time to meet my son.
Let this be a lesson — If you are putting you are putting your child (teenager) on the plane as a regular passenger (non-unaccomapnied minor) and wish to have someone meet them at the gate on the other end or want to meet them at the gate yourself on the return trip, be sure and confirm that they/you are listed as being able to do so on the reservation notes. You will also want to be sure that the name given is the same as your Driver’s License/State I.D. There are age requirements/restrictions given (different for different airlines) as to what age a minor (under 18) can travel as a non-unaccomapnied minor (ie as a regular passenger). The youngest age I’ve seen given seems to be about 14 years old. Under that they will have to travel as an unaccompanied minor (which generally involves a small fee ($25 or $50, I believe)… The youngest in which a child can travel by themselves as an unaccompanied minor is like 5 or 6 (under that they must travel either with an adult or (and don’t quote me on this) a family member who is traveling as a non-unaccompanied minor.
I also ended up going into urgency care last week due to intense, debilitating, pain in my shoulder. After trying various home-remedies and taking 1200 mg of Ibuprofen (without any effect), I just couldn’t take any more. According to the doctor there, I have “Rotator Cuff Impingement Syndrome”. He prescribed a pain-killer and a muscle relaxer and, thankfully, now my shoulder is feeling much better – It’s still sore and a little stiff but I can move it again without wanting to cry and/or scream. I was also given some exercises to do to help with strengthening and R.O.M.
Now that I’ve gone on (and on) about myself and my week, LOL, How was your week? What all did you do.
Wishing you all a wonderful week… See you next time.