June 25, 2024

9 thoughts on “Texas Trip – Day 3, Part 1

  1. Hi John,
    Certainly appears you had no end of adventures on your trip. (I just had the usual missed connections etc., lol) I’ve been checking the site daily to see if you’ve been able to post and curious how your time in Texas is going. I’m back in the USA and missing the Philippines and my wife again. Working on her visa issues, etc. I sure hope your trip back works out easier for you. It should given that you’re an experienced Space A flyer now. I’m a little jealous as you know I’m only a Gov’t contractor and not a veteran so I’m not entitled to this free flights. The cost of commercial flights has just about doubled over the last five years. Enjoy your stay and give us some tidbits of what y’all are doing down in Tejas to keep us interested, hehe. Just kidding. Take care, Mark G.

    1. I was beginning to think UJ fell into a Texas sized pot of chili and couldn’t get out. Hope everything is going well and watch out and don’t eat too much beef. Geep them updates coming. 🙂

      1. Oh I’d get out of the pot eventually, even if I had to eat my way out. Surprisedly I have not eaten a lot of beef while here. I thought I’d be eating steak and/or hamburgers 3 or 4 times per week. In the almost a month we’ve been here, I’ve probably had beef 5 or 6 times only. I’m sure I’ll get in 3 or 4 more times before we leave though.
        I’ll get the updates out as fast as I can get to a computer.

    2. The trip back I hope will be less eventful too. I think we will not get any free flights going back but maybe the Patriot Express from Seattle to Osan. It’s possible, if the situation comes up, we might try to go from Travis to Korea, but the flight I saw goes through Hawaii and there are a lot of people going there, especially during summer break at the schools.
      We miss being in the Philippines too, but it’s mostly because we do not have our own house here and neither of us really like having to stay with someone else. We are getting some needed things done, so it was necessary to be here. I hope next time we will be more prepared to stay here. I know we will be.

      1. You got me confused as you sound a little unsure about where you guys really want to be. One way or another, I’m going to the RP if I have to swim over. Stick around and you will feel the ‘rat race’ creeping up on you.

        1. I suppose we’d rather be in the Philippines. The things here are nice, but we can live without them. The cost of living is skyrocketing so high here also. We would never survive on our income here without getting jobs and for Lita to stop working was one of the major things we wanted to accomplish when we moved to the Philippines. Also when in the Philippines not only can we survive pretty good, but we can have enough money to travel to different places also.

  2. Hi John!

    I hope you and Lita are having a nice time in Texas. I have been following your saga since the start. I am amazed at how much trouble you guys would endure for a free flight. I don’t think that I would be willing to deal with such uncertainty to save a few dollars. Hope your return trip goes much smoother.

    1. Well Tom I’m glad you have been following. I haven’t gotten too many comments since I’ve been here and I was starting to think no one was paying too much attention to this trip.
      As for trouble enduring, well it is mostly only because it was our first time and we really didn’t know what to expect. The next time it will be easier. I don’t know if we will be as lucky and get flights so quickly, as we did this time, but we will better know how to deal with it.
      As to saving a few dollars, well a round trip ticket on commercial costs about $1200 each and our flight at P12,000 each was more than we would have paid if we planned better. The C5 that we rode in had better seats than the coach commercial flights and we also got ‘free’ snacks of chips and sodas. All Space A flights are not the same, but if you have the time to spare, it’s good.
      Besides, we didn’t have the money for the commercial flight. That was the only way we had of getting here. Luckily we got lucky on the flights at the right time. Next time we will have more experience to know what to expect. I think our next Space A flight will be to Kadena AB in Okinawa. The one after that could be a challenge though. We want to try to get to Europe.

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