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A Flight Cancellation Saga: The Journey to Fan Expo Denver

In the world of comic conventions, the road to the con is often filled with unexpected twists and turns. This time around, the Amourable Art team had a significant setback that would truly test our mettle and patience.

Picture this: Monday, June 26th was upon us - the night before we were set to fly out from Richmond to the much-anticipated Fan Expo Denver. We had already driven to Denver have Fan Expo Dallas and left our trusty Van and Trailer in the mile high city earlier in the month, so now it was time to pick up the goods and bring art to the masses.

Unfortunately, our meticulously crafted plans were abruptly thwarted. A series of severe thunderstorms rolled across the entire East Coast, leading to widespread flight cancellations - including ours. The disappointing news arrived via text from United, late at night around 11:30 p.m.

Despite the cancellation, United couldn't provide any alternative flights that could transport us to Denver on the 27th, our original flight date. However, living in an area surrounded by six airports, each within or under a three-hour drive, we began to map out a plan B.

We booked Pat a different flight, SOUTHWEST 2955, departing from Baltimore. The flight was scheduled to leave at 10:20 a.m. Eastern and land in Denver at 1:35 p.m. local time. A mild inconvenience, perhaps, as this change would mean a 4:30 alarm and a 6 hour drive round-trip for Kim and Alexis, but Pat needs to get to Denver so he can make our load-in window of Wednesday the 28th.

Meanwhile, United's customer service wasn't proving to be of much help. After a frustrating hour on hold, we were abruptly disconnected. So, it was down to our own problem-solving skills.

The next steps were a whirlwind of re-booking and adjusting our plans. Pat's flight, albeit a costly option at almost $700, guaranteed his timely arrival in Denver, a key point considering our hotel reservation and the load-in window for the convention. Meanwhile, Kim and myself, moved our flights to Wednesday. While we didn't cancel Pat's original flight, keeping it as a safety net in case of another cancellation, this change thankfully didn't cost us extra. This flight was still slated for our home airport, so only a 20 minute drive this time.

So, there we were, kind of sorted, kind of unsettled. In all honesty, it was a unique blend of mild chaos and nimble adaptability, but isn't that part and parcel of preparing for a major event like Fan Expo Denver?

As we continue on our journey to the convention, we are reminded again of the unpredictable, yet thrilling nature of our work. We hope you will join us in the excitement, trials, and tribulations of the world of Amourable Art.

So, dear reader, have you ever faced a major hiccup in your plans that required quick thinking and swift adaptation? We'd love to hear your stories and how you managed to navigate through the unexpected. Let us know in the comments!

And remember, every setback is a setup for a comeback. As we adapt and keep moving forward, we hope you'll join us in our journey to Fan Expo Denver. Let's turn this chaotic beginning into an incredible convention together!

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