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Lufthansa: The Good, The Bad, and The Smelly
Thursday, 18 June 2009 13:13

Purple LuggageSo I am on an insane trip and I want to share some great and not so great experiences with Lufthansa. Madrid, Pisa, Vienna, Amsterdam in 10 days. I started on Sunday and headed off to Munich, with a great Lufthansa flight to Madrid. It takes ages to get anywhere from Innsbruck (due to the train to Munich airport and trying to get there 2 hours before your flight) so 9 hours after I left Innsbruck I arrived in my hotel room. On Tuesday I knew I would be running alot. A morning of meetings in the south of Madrid, hurriedly trying to get to the airport on the north of the city, 2 hours waiting around, 2.5 hours flight to Munich, 45 minutes to change planes, and then 90 minutes to Pisa. I left the university buildings at 14:30 by taxi thinking I would take at least an hour (and maybe more) to get to the airport. In fact I made it in 20 minutes! 3 hours and 10 minutes before my flight I thought I would try to get rid of my luggage, so i checked in with Lufthansa's electronic ticketing machines. When giving the bag to the nice "tag and drop" lady, she said "Oh you have a really tight changeover in Munich" and then she proceeded to check (without me having to ask) if she could get me on an earlier flight. "Yes!" she cried (or something to that effect), "I can get you on an earlier flight!". I was delighted, although a little worried, when she said it had started boarding 5 minutes previously. New boarding card in hand I ran to security, which was devoid of life (passenger wise). 60 seconds later I was on the other side of security, wondering if somehow I had blacked out and missed something. 10 meters to my left was my gate (again devoid of life). I walked up, handed over my boarding pass, and proceeded down the tunnel. Expecting my ticket to say 29B or some other uncomfortable seat location I checked my ticket. "4C!" I cried (no really I did!). Having spent precisely 17 minutes in Madrid airport I boarded the plane, took my seat (an aisle seat with the middle and window seat free), and they closed the door. 

At 17:30 I was standing in Munich airport thinking about how great lufthansa was. What an amazing girl to get me on an earlier flight, just minutes after I had walked into the airport! While enjoying the free coffee and newspapers in Lufthansa Terminal 2 (I kid you not!), I was surprised to find a small leprechaun on my shoulder. "I bet your luggage is still in Madrid" he jeered, "they could never have got it on the plane at such short notice!". The leprechaun accompanied me on to my Pisa flight 3 hours later. I tried to explain to him that my bag would probably come on the flight that I was supposed to be on originally and it would make it on to this flight for me to collect in Pisa, but he just would not listen.

11pm in Pisa was pretty lonely, we all left the plane, took our little bus to the terminal, and one by one everyone collected their bags. That is except for me. I watched the belt go around empty for 10 minutes hoping that it would appear, but eventually I caved in and went to the "Baggage Tracking" desk. The lady asked all the usual questions: color? type? zips? handles? wheels?. Its good to know that my bag is officially classified as PU22HWX or a type 22 purple suitcase with a zip, handle, and wheels. I was handed my receipt, which is now entitled a "Baggage Irregularity" document. Lufthansa even apologies by saying "We would like to apologies for your baggage irregularity, we will attempt to find your luggage as soon as possible". If your trying to find it, at least admit that you lost it!! The girl at the desk was nice and I tried really hard not to get mad (at the end of the day its not her fault). She told me the bag was still in Madrid and that it was scheduled to come on the same flight the next day. Armed with my Lufthansa over night kit I headed to the hotel, wondering how I was going to give my workshop presentation the next day in the same travel weary clothes.... The nice taxi driver explained that the next day was a bank holiday, so there went any plan to buy something clean...  I don't know if you have experienced a day in Pisa with temperature at 32 degrees in clothes that desperately need to be changed. But its pretty unpleasant. The bag did arrive the next night, the airport refused to send it to the hotel at 23:30 (only the next morning) so I had to collect it. Today I have clean clothes and it feels good. I have another 3 flights and 4 trains in the next 5 days. I just pray my bag makes it!

Blog Migrated!
Thursday, 09 April 2009 10:50
So I used to have my blog over on blogspot.com, but what with me setting up mickkerrigan.com i thought it made sense to move the blog here. Sadly part of the migration means losing the comments to each of the entries, sorry if you posted something nice in response! Anyway I hope to start writing more actively on my blog over the next few months. So look out for new entries!
...and it goes BOOM!
Friday, 22 August 2008 10:00
Sata HDD
Well it has been a fun few days. I was in Slovenia for a project meeting from Sunday evening till Tuesday night. I was there with Barry from STI and we had a few hours to catch the train home, so we decided to grab some food. Closed the lid on my mac, unplugged it from the wall and stuck it in my bag. We went for dinner and then to the train station. Arriving in the train station I went to grab when my tickets out of my bag and my nice happy white Macbook was running white hot.... As you would expect standard Mick panicking set in. I opened the lid to a black screen, hit the power to turn it off and left it for about 20 mins to cool down a bit. Opening the lid and hitting the power button brought me to the standard white screen you see on boot but instead of a nice apple logo there was a little folder with a question mark in the middle. It was at this point that I buried my head in my hands.... Once the train made it back into Austria I was able to check the web on my iPhone and found out this sort of terminal hard disk failure in a mac is not unusual and that a mac waking up in bag is much easier than a windows laptop in a bag (Irish idiot learned something). Anyway I didn't lose much cos all my important data is on the external IOMega harddrive, I did lose some pictures from my recent holidays, a presentation I was working on for the rugby club, and a paper I have to submit in a few weeks for a seminar in the university (this one truly sucks). I have the mac back up with a new harddrive now, I was surprised how quick it is to get a mac up and running (probably twice as fast as installing windows) and getting apps up and installed worked very nicely. Currently I am shutdowning completely when moving the laptop around, but I am going to look into the hibernation feature of the Macbook (which apparently is there but apple don't expose - some nice people have made a tool to change the sleep settings).

My Macbook may have hurt me, but I still love it!

Mick's Mac
Wednesday, 13 August 2008 15:03
Mick's MacYes, you read it right! I have become a Macophile!!!! I sit here writing to you on my beautiful white macbook, which works beautifully with my DELL monitor (much better than my IBM notebook ever did). The transition process was relatively painless and i now understand what my mac brothers and sisters have been going on about for so long! Its an absolute breeze to use but has the uber-configurability of a super computer. I am just amazed at how things just WORK! Having used windows since 3.1 days I am used to configuration hell when plugging things in, thousands of popups, "The device you plugged in is not working correctly", changing resolutions to make external displays work properly, thousands of windows on the start bar. I started the machine up plugged in everything I needed and it just worked... I invested in a nice aluminum keyboard and a mighty mouse (god i love the little roll ball on the top!) and an external firewire harddrive (white IOMega Ego powered off the firewire port - great piece of kit).

Steve is God! Long live Steve!
Innsbruck win Gaudi Cup!
Monday, 30 July 2007 13:31

What a great weekend :) Innsbruck Men and Innsbruck Ladies both played in a two day tournament held annually in Marzoll, just outside Bad Reichenhall, on the German/Austrian border. There were 8 teams in total split into two groups for the first day and then the finals between the two groups being played on the second day. On Saturday we thus had 3 games against Nuremberg (21-21 draw, later changed to 21-28 to Nuremberg so they could get a better draw on the sunday - very dodgy), Womens Rugby Club Innsbruck (seriously fun game, the rolling maul up the pitch with 7 guys and 7 girls all in it was my genius idea :)), and Bad Reichenhall II (we beat them by 40 points, don't remember the scores exactly).



So from our group Nuremberg and ourselves came out and Bad Reichenhall I and Augsburg came out of group 2. We were supposed to play Augsburg but due to the score change in the Nuremburg game we ended up having the harder game against bad Reichenhall I. We beat them by 3 tries to 1 and went on to meet Nuremberg in the final, which we won convincingly by 2 (or 3) unanswered tries. The winning team on the day consisted of Al, Ludwig, Mick, Stefan, Mark (South African Import), Les (South African Import), Stephen, Lawrence, and Paul (from Krems).



What was rather cool was the place we stayed in on Saturday night. The hotel was at 1600m on top of a mountain. We took a cable car up to it from Bad Reichenhall and had the whole hotel reserved for the one night. It was pretty insane, the amount of alchol consumed was huge and the levels of nakidity were off all scales. Thankfully for everyone elses eyes I managed to keep my kit on all night, though not many other people did. The picture below shows probably the best scene you can ever see through a toilet window anywhere in the world...



Mallorca - I love my job
Tuesday, 17 July 2007 16:47

So having only just returned from holidays and a business trip to Barcelona, I discovered that I needed to go to Mallorca to present some work I did on the branding of STI International. Needless to say that 5 days in Mallorca, with the obvious benefit of finding an hour here or there to bathe in the sun was a very nice prospect :) Michal, Ilona, Elena and myself traveled on Thursday morning and 9 hours later we arrived Sa Coma, Mallorca. Thankfully the meetings did not start till 2pm on Friday, so there was plenty of time to sunbathe, swim and have a few beers.



The meetings were fairly meetingy, we had some great food in the evenings at a few great mallorcan restraurants. The first night I ordered lamb, which was the most tender lamb I have ever had in my life (see photo below). Antonio from CITC in spain then explain that I had ordered a special time of lamb which in english translates as milklamb, as the lamb is so young that it has only had its mothers milk. So I felt guilty but very satisfied with the wonderful food :)



I am still off the smokes and now I am off the patches. All is going well, still getting cravings but only when i am in the office, which is strange and rather annoying. Going out for a few beers with friends tonight, so hopefully I survive that :) 

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