Stuck in Chicago

Managing Real Estate Broker with Fathom Realty PB00068179

Sorry no post, except for this one blimp today.  Mother Nature, in her fury came a calling yesterday, right in the pathway to keep me from getting home.

I did make it to Chicago from Cary NC.  Our flight was delayed then delayed again.  Of course that caused a ripple effect which caused my connecting flight home to be delayed.  Trouble was the ship to fly me home came in around midnight with an exhausted crew.

The airport provides cots for just that sort of thing.  I found me one and was out in 2 minutes if that.  Three hours later the clean up crew came a calling.  Today, is going to be a very long day.

I'll great it as I do every day, with a smile on my face.  

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Comments (20)

Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

Good morning, James Dray well, if I were a drinking person, I'd have the largest bloody mary anyone could make..... maybe two of them! have a safe trip..

Jun 20, 2019 03:26 AM
Donald Urschalitz
Lubeck Realty Group - Jupiter, FL
P.A. Realtor ABR RSPS North Palm Beach County

Well that is no fun at best you got a cot. Hope today is better and you get going on your travels.

Jun 20, 2019 04:14 AM
Raymond E. Camp
Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Good morning James,

You should have called Wayne Martin and played trivia!

Make yourself an astonishing day.

Jun 20, 2019 04:19 AM
Wayne Martin

I would have bought him a drink and not clouded his mind with trivia!

Jun 20, 2019 05:29 AM
Sally K. & David L. Hanson
EXP Realty 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Real Estate Agents - Luxury - Divorce

Only had that happen once...during an Air Traffic Controller's one went anywhere on time...getting to your own pillow will be a welcome  place !

Jun 20, 2019 04:30 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning James. Should have called. I would have provided an adult libation and something better than a cot! Hope today is much better!

Jun 20, 2019 05:25 AM
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

It's a good thing you had a cot if you were at Ohare. The hotel there is pricey.

Jun 20, 2019 05:56 AM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good morning James -  if that crew is tried you are much better on a cot in the airport 

Jun 20, 2019 06:17 AM
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning James. Long day for me too and concerned about my first flight as well. Good luck to us both.

Jun 20, 2019 06:26 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


Oh my goodness.  When that happened to us in Oakland from Charlotte, Southwest put us up in the hotel nearby and gave us a dinner allowance...and the next morning they flew us to Los Angeles...A

Jun 20, 2019 07:06 AM
Brian England
Vacasa - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

If I were stuck in Chicago for the evening, I would certainly call up my buddy Wayne Martin and take him up on the adult libation and something more comfortable than a cot.  I hope that your travels are safe!

Jun 20, 2019 07:25 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Oh wow, James. Wishing you a smooth path home now and a soft landing.

Jun 20, 2019 07:57 AM
Lauren Williams, CPO, CVPO
Casual Uncluttering LLC - Woodinville, WA
Professional Organizer: Puget Sound homes

James Dray ARGH. My hat off to you that you're smiling!

Jun 20, 2019 08:11 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello James - I recall a flight delay out of O'Hare some time ago but no cots just lounging around for a few hours before a well-rested crew could arrive. Have a safe fight. It's good to keep that positive attitude.

Jun 20, 2019 09:29 AM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Yikes!  I hope you have a safe flight home ... and soon!

Jun 20, 2019 09:50 AM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

HI James- the main thing is that you're safe and sound!!!

Jun 20, 2019 10:25 AM
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

That's a great attitude to have during something you can't control James. Hopefully you'll be "wheels-up" before you know it!

Jun 20, 2019 01:20 PM
Jane Chaulklin-Schott
TEAMCONNECT REALTY - (407) 394-9766 - Orlando, FL
TeamConnect Luxury Homes - Orlando, Florida, 32836

James Dray, good news that you at least got a cot...and a food voucher, I hope?
My late husband was an employee of both United and American airlines in his
career.  Our family flew cheap-fare 'stand-by' hundreds of times - (11 of us) -through the years.   Yes, quite familiar with cots and airport chairs and delays:)

Jun 20, 2019 09:24 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

James what happened to the days when they would put you up in a Hotel?? I would have called Wayne Martin maybe with his connections you would have either been on your way or would have had better treatment than a cot:)Endre

Jun 20, 2019 10:14 PM
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

Hi James,
I'm a little late getting to this post. I hope you are now home and have enjoyed a good night's sleep in your very own bed. 

Jun 22, 2019 04:24 AM
Gene Mundt, IL/WI Mortgage Originator - FHA/VA/Conv/Jumbo/Portfolio/Refi
NMLS #216987, IL Lic. 031.0006220, WI Licensed. APMC NMLS #175656 - New Lenox, IL
708.921.6331 - 40+ yrs experience

Glad to hear that my fellow Chicagolanders were hospitable and provided a cot for you, James Dray ... sometimes it IS truly the little things ...


Jul 19, 2019 07:07 AM