Monday, March 23, 2009

Anatomy of a delightful blunder

From: Dottie
Sent: Thursday, January 22, 2009 3:59 PM
To: BigGeek
Subject: Re: Weekend in Feb

Can’t find deals for Feb long weekend. All ridiculously expensive. Tried Miami and Ft.Lauderdale both. Maybe March?

From: BigGeek
Sent: Thursday, January 22, 2009 4:02 PM
To: Dottie
Subject: Re: Weekend in Feb

Let’s go to Orlando, instead

From: Dottie
Sent: Thursday, January 22, 2009 4:03 PM
To: BigGeek
Subject: RE: Weekend in Feb

Nooooooooooooooo. It will be warmer in Miami. And we have been to Orlando once. I want to see Alligators and the Everglades. And the Keys. Don’t you?

From: BigGeek
Sent: Friday, January 23, 2009 2:05 PM
To: Dottie
Subject: RE: Weekend in Feb

Not really, but OK. Let me see if I can find some deals.

From: Dottie
Sent: Monday, January 26, 2009 1:05 PM
To: BigGeek
Subject: RE: Weekend in Feb

Well.. any luck? It’s too late to book tickets I think.

From: Dottie
Sent: Wednesday, January 28, 2009 10:13 AM
To: BigGeek
Subject: RE: Weekend in Feb

Sigh. Let’s go in March. Days will be longer. And we will get better deals. Looked again on Expedia, Kayak, you name it. Nothing.

From: BigGeek
Sent: Wednesday, January 28, 2009 10:20 AM
To: Dottie
Subject: RE: Weekend in Feb

No, no. I want to go in Feb. Let me find something.

From: BigGeek
Sent: Thursday, January 28, 2009 2:00 PM
To: Dottie
Subject: Vayama

Gives me this for the Feb long weekend – not too bad… what do you think?
Fare Summary »
2 Adult 1 Child $qwert.yu USD
Taxes and Fees $224.85
Trip Insurance $32.85
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Total $XYZ USD

From: Dottie
Sent: Wednesday Thursday, January 28, 2009 2:10 PM
To: BigGeek
Subject: RE: Vayama

Go for it.

From: BigGeek
Sent: Wednesday Thursday, January 28, 2009 2:23 PM
To: Dottie
Subject: I am a moron

Shall I throw a tantrum? :(

From: Dottie
Sent: Wednesday Thursday, January 28, 2009 2:24 PM
To: BigGeek
Subject: Re: I am a moron

What happened?????????

From: BigGeek
Sent: Wednesday Thursday, January 28, 2009 2:25 PM
To: Dottie
Subject: Re: I am a moron

Boohoo boohoo
I am such a fool. I am so sad.

From: Dottie
Sent: Wednesday Thursday, January 28, 2009 2:34 PM
To: BigGeek
Subject: Re: I am a moron

Aie-ga! We booked for March instead of Feb. What do we do now?

From: BigGeek
Sent: Wednesday Thursday, January 28, 2009 2:35 PM
To: Dottie
Subject: Re: I am a moron

I check it ten times. Everytime. I will email them and see..

From: Dottie
Sent: Wednesday Thursday, January 28, 2009 2:37 PM
To: BigGeek
Subject: Re: I am a moron

Awww.. there there. It happens. You know why this happened? Because Feb and Mrch have same dates on same days.

From: BigGeek
Sent: Thursday, January 28, 2009 2:39 PM
To: Dottie
Subject: Re: I am a moron

That’s no excuse though. It shows you all the days and options, and asks for confirmation :( boohoohoohoooo.. I have sent them an email, Let see what they say. I feel so terrible. :(

From: Dottie
Sent: Wednesday Thursday, January 28, 2009 2:50 PM
To: BigGeek
Subject: Re: I am a moron

Look into Vayama’s FAQ.. they charge $100 for change/cancellation per person + whatever fees the airline charge. Not worth it. Might as well enjoy the mistake :)

From: BigGeek
Sent: Wednesday Thursday, January 28, 2009 2:42 PM
To: Dottie
Subject: Re: I am a moron

I suppose. I am surprised that they are still as expensive in March. I guess I am more troubled by the fact that I made a mistake than I am by the mistake itself. I have been on hold for 12 minutes. They get 2 more minutes else it is what it is.
Why don’t you put in a cheap offer on priceline for a _good_ hotel and see what you get?

From: BigGeek
Sent: Tuesday, February 03, 2009 2:55 PM
To: Dottie
Subject: Re: Miami Hotels


Ok. Put in 4 or higher stars please. Or try 5 stars first.

From: Dottie
Sent: Tuesday, February 03, 2009 3:55 PM
To: BigGeek
Subject: Re: Miami Hotels

Did you get the hotel conformation email? Did you see it? I made a terrible mistake :( I booked for Feb 14-16 :( And..

Remember, your Priceline hotel reservation is non-refundable, non-transferable and non-changeable. If you have any questions or require further assistance, please visit our Customer Service area. You may also contact our Customer Service Department toll-free at 1-800-657-9168. Please have your priceline Request Number (xxx-xxx-xxx-xx) and the phone number you used when you placed your request (yyy-yyy-yyyy) ready when you call.
Dang dang dang. Calling them…

From: Dottie
Sent: Tuesday, February 03, 2009 4:07 PM
To: BigGeek
Subject: Re: Miami Hotels

Can’t get a human.

We are not eating out for 6-8 weeks until we save the $300.

From: BigGeek
Sent: Tuesday, February 03, 2009 4:09 PM
To: Dottie
Subject: Re: Miami Hotels


And I am not getting any birthday gifts. For you either. Don’t be ashamed. Shit happens. Now is the time to bite it and bear it.

From: Dottie
Sent: Tuesday, February 03, 2009 4:10 PM
To: BigGeek
Subject: Re: Miami Hotels

Ofcourse no budday gift for me. And no anniv gift for me either. You will still get a nice budday gift.

From: BigGeek
Sent: Tuesday, February 03, 2009 4:12 PM
To: Dottie
Subject: Re: Miami Hotels


No. we are in it together. For better or for worse. Remember?

From: Dottie
Sent: Monday, February 09, 2009 4:10 PM
To: BigGeek
Subject: Re: Miami Hotels

Forgot to ask you.. Did you tell Chip about the hotel thing? Because when we were driving home on Friday evening, he asked me which retsuarant we were going out to and I told him we were eating dinner at home. He asked me “Because you wasted that money on that hotel?” How the heck does HE know? Did you mention it to him?

From: BigGeek
Sent: Monday, February 09, 2009 4:10 PM
To: Dottie
Subject: Re: Miami Hotels

Ofcourse not. I did not tell him. He must have overheard us. But did we talk about it? Maybe a couple of sentences…I don’t remember talking about it in front of him..

From: BigGeek
Sent: Tuesday, February 10, 2009 1:00 PM
To: Dottie
Subject: Re: Miami Hotels


Let’s go to Miami this weekend. We have a hotel reservation anyways.

From: Dottie
Sent: Tuesday, February 10, 2009 1:10 PM
To: BigGeek
Subject: Re: Miami Hotels


Are you mad?? They will be crazy expensive. It’s valentines + long weekend.

From: Dottie
Sent: Thursday, February 12, 2009 10:10 AM
To: Friend
Subject: Re: Din-din tomorrow?

No can do:( we are going to Miami :)

From: Friend
Sent: Thursday, February 12, 2009 10:30 AM
To: Dottie
Subject: Re: Din-din tomorrow?


I thought you were going in March? You cancelled that?

From: Dottie
Sent: Thursday, February 12, 2009 10:10 AM
To: Friend
Subject: Re: Din-din tomorrow?

No.. we are going this weekend and again in March. Long story. Tell you when we meet.

17 comments:

rayshma said...

LOL!!
did u figure out how Chip knew?! :D

K3 said...

Ah well, you get two vacations! :)

Munchkin said...

Hahaha..

btw..found this site while surfing...http://www.egglesscooking.com/...thought you might want to take a look..

Anonymous said...

Awesome .. two vacations! I always want to go to the place I just vacationed coz I find more things to do when I am there, but then decide to put off trip there coz I want to see newer places. So this is nice!

Btw, How did Chip Know?

Mystic Margarita said...

Cool! two vacations! :) Double the fun!

Mimi said...

LOL!! woww!I was wondering when you are going to write about the vacation..after dangling that carrot in frontof our noses!
cool 2vacations ina row!

Tharini said...

he he. How to make the best of a blunder....this is the perfect 101 for that! Cool beans! :D

Mama - Mia said...

hahahahaha!

two vacations! how cool is that!

and the mail chain sounds so much like M and me! we arrely pick up the phone and talk. keeps ending links to each other! typically subject lines say "this looks good", followed with what about this and then can we not do the package!'

hehe!

cheers!

abha

Girl Next Door (gnd) said...

Despite knowing the story it was so funny to read it again!!
Delightful blunder indeed!!
How the heck did Chip know?? He never ceases to amuse us, does he?!! ROTFL!

choxbox said...

wow! am J big time! haffun!

Orchid said...

i wouldnt mistakes like this at all...2 mistakes = 2 vacations , vow!!

Vidooshak said...

i almost thought it was NOT a true story. you guys back from the double majaa vacations already?

How did Chip know? Helped you open the emails?? :P

aie said...

children r smarter than us. be carefull while talking when chip is arround.

bird's eye view said...

lol :)

DotThoughts said...

yes, we got two vacations :) and no we never did figure out how he found out. she has razor sharp ears, that's for sure :) we did get two vacations out of it, so I am not complaining :)

How do we know said...

ha ha ha ha ha!! OMG! i was laughing right thru this one.

So how was Miami?

Neera said...

ha ha ha ..too cool the blunder which then led to this post ..delightful :)