Thursday, December 23
- Finally arrived in South Bend after 10 hours of travel. I was elated to be home.
- Got to baggage claim and the bags were out in record time. I was thinking it might be the first stroke of luck I'd had all day.
- Alas, no bag.
- Went to the Delta counter where they informed me my bag was listed in the system as having arrived in South Bend. Yeah, not quite accurate. They agreed it was absurd that a bag with a four hour layover didn't make the flight. I got a file number and called it a night.
- My brother picked up my sister at the airport around 11am and stopped at the Delta counter for an update. They said my bag would be on the next flight, approximately one hour.
- My brother went back two hours later and still no bag. Now it was in Cincinnati.
- I called Delta repeatedly and not only was my file number not in the system, no one had a clue what was going on. All flights were full and at weight capacity so my bag remained in an airport - maybe Detroit? Maybe Cincinnati? Who knew.
- The family Christmas celebration started. I was in the same clothes as the day before and had no gifts for anyone. How festive.
- My cell phone rang at 7am... it was a baggage delivery person from Delta just miles away with my bag. I sprang out of bed, totally relieved.
- I quickly checked to be sure the multiple gift cards I packed were still there. They were. I went back to sleep.
- A few hours later I decided to unpack. This is when things went South yet again. My Garmin 405 and iPod were missing. Merry F'ing Christmas.
- I waited a few hours for a friend to go by my apartment and see if I'd left the two items by mistake. I hadn't.
- I spent about 30 minutes on the phone with Delta reporting a claim and was instructed to fill out a Damage/Pilferage form as soon as possible. Pilferage - such a delicate way to say "theft by our employees."
- Most of my Christmas day was spent sitting on the phone, filling out forms, copying luggage tags, etc. Good times.
- Delta informed me I likely won't be reimbursed since the items stolen were electronics. What exactly do they reimburse for then???
I tried to shake it off by heading out for a run since I finally had my shoes and clothes. It definitely lifted my spirits and I got right back on track with my marathon training, including my long run today. I did 9 miles in the frigid wind and have never felt better. No pain, no fatigue and I actually enjoyed it.
It will be about 4-6 weeks before my claim is settled, but I think I know the outcome. The moral of this story is carry on when you can and lock up your luggage. You never know who is going through your personal things.