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(MSNBC)   Delta Airlines finally does the impossible - it loses a pole vaulter's 14' poles   (overheadbin.msnbc.msn.com ) divider line
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2012-06-01 08:59:13 AM  
Did they a find the pole?

that's going to look stupid if they correct the headline.
 
2012-06-01 09:42:36 AM  
farm4.static.flickr.com

Inconsolable.
 
2012-06-01 10:04:54 AM  

Grables'Daughter: [farm4.static.flickr.com image 347x500]

Inconsolable.


That woman gives me a 14' pole*

/* please don't ask me to verify length
 
2012-06-01 10:09:16 AM  
I've got an important track meet, better fly coach!
 
2012-06-01 10:12:28 AM  

Langston: Grables'Daughter: [farm4.static.flickr.com image 347x500]

Inconsolable.

That woman gives me a 14' pole*


This is why I am so bad at math.
 
2012-06-01 10:31:18 AM  
Impossible, exaggeration-mitter? Such hyperbole literally makes my head explode.
 
2012-06-01 10:41:58 AM  
Came for the Alison Stokke pic. Leaves satisfied.

/the "hot pic" not the fatty mcfatfat pic
 
2012-06-01 10:45:01 AM  
I, for one, volunteer to comfort Alison Stokke through these difficult times.

/the pole vaulter FTFA wasn't bad, either.
 
2012-06-01 10:45:06 AM  
United broke mine
 
2012-06-01 10:45:50 AM  
I Am a Pole (And So Can't You!)
 
2012-06-01 10:46:26 AM  
FTFA: "I don't blame Delta for how I did at nationals. It definitely aided in me not jumping my best, but I don't blame them for that," Davis told msnbc.com.

I don't blame Delta for how I did at nationals - unequivocal statement that athlete is not blaming Delta for athlete's substandard performance.

It definitely aided in me not jumping my best - grammatically nonsensical statement (how can something help you do to something worse?), but which seems to imply that Delta losing her poles adversely affected her performance

but I don't blame them for that - So you're not blaming them for the thing that they did which had an adverse effect on your performance??!?

/Are you a pole vaulter? No, I'm German, but how did you know my name?
 
2012-06-01 10:46:50 AM  

Dick Gozinya: Came for the Alison Stokke pic. Leaves satisfied.


It's what I do.
 
2012-06-01 11:01:07 AM  
Did they check under the couch?
 
2012-06-01 11:03:05 AM  
I had a college friend who was into synchronized skating and one of the other teams at a competition all checked their skates with the airline.

I don't need to tell you how that went, but from what I remember of the story, they barely got their skates in time for the competition but didn't have them for their rehearsal time on the ice.
 
2012-06-01 11:23:43 AM  
Kati Davis, a senior at Central Washington University, paid the carrier a $200 fee to have the 14-foot poles transported on a flight from Seattle to Colorado Springs on May 22.

Experienced traveler tip: ship it via UPS. It's much less money and it will get there on time. Send it ahead and pick it up at a UPS store when you get there.

Airlines are set up to move people and luggage (and the mail). They're not particularly good at shipping odd packages. While they shouldn't lose your stuff, they will. Now you know ahead of time. Don't use them for a service that you know they aren't good at.

They also suck at moving strollers and golf clubs. Also, if it's not an airport like SLC or DEN that is set up to handle lots of skis, they'll probably screw that up too.
 
2012-06-01 11:28:50 AM  

Rapmaster2000: Kati Davis, a senior at Central Washington University, paid the carrier a $200 fee to have the 14-foot poles transported on a flight from Seattle to Colorado Springs on May 22.

Experienced traveler tip: ship it via UPS. It's much less money and it will get there on time. Send it ahead and pick it up at a UPS store when you get there.

Airlines are set up to move people and luggage (and the mail). They're not particularly good at shipping odd packages. While they shouldn't lose your stuff, they will. Now you know ahead of time. Don't use them for a service that you know they aren't good at.

They also suck at moving strollers and golf clubs. Also, if it's not an airport like SLC or DEN that is set up to handle lots of skis, they'll probably screw that up too.


My dad has a friend that is a professional photographer, and sometimes flies with some really expensive camera equipment. He says that he has a starter pistol that he bought, so when he checks his luggage, he declares a firearm that is in the bag with the camera equipment. He says that as a result, the airline takes extreme care of that bag and makes sure that it is secure.
 
2012-06-01 11:46:03 AM  
I flew Delta with a rifle. An AR-180. Federal regulations say that you have to show them that it is unloaded. So I went to do this. Instead of letting me show her it was unloaded, the check in counter lady took the rifle from me, put it to her shoulder, and pointed it at the head of her coworker with a finger on the trigger.

My father (dropping me off) and I turned white (white-er?).

Her coworker just giggled, pushed the barrel away (towards me, of course) and said, "Don't point that at me." Then the lady put it back in the case with the little piece of orange paper. She never did retract the bolt.

I almost just sent it back with my dad.
 
2012-06-01 11:50:42 AM  

Rapmaster2000: Kati Davis, a senior at Central Washington University, paid the carrier a $200 fee to have the 14-foot poles transported on a flight from Seattle to Colorado Springs on May 22.

Experienced traveler tip: ship it via UPS. It's much less money and it will get there on time. Send it ahead and pick it up at a UPS store when you get there.

Airlines are set up to move people and luggage (and the mail). They're not particularly good at shipping odd packages. While they shouldn't lose your stuff, they will. Now you know ahead of time. Don't use them for a service that you know they aren't good at.

They also suck at moving strollers and golf clubs. Also, if it's not an airport like SLC or DEN that is set up to handle lots of skis, they'll probably screw that up too.


All of the major airlines have huge cargo operations and are well versed in moving packages around the world.

/How do you think those Maine lobsters end up alive in you local resteraunt?

//Deltas ground handlers aren't even unionized employees otherwise we could blame those darn unions
 
2012-06-01 12:07:13 PM  
Good thing it wasn't a guitar or on United Link
 
2012-06-01 12:08:31 PM  

HempHead: Rapmaster2000: Kati Davis, a senior at Central Washington University, paid the carrier a $200 fee to have the 14-foot poles transported on a flight from Seattle to Colorado Springs on May 22.

Experienced traveler tip: ship it via UPS. It's much less money and it will get there on time. Send it ahead and pick it up at a UPS store when you get there.

Airlines are set up to move people and luggage (and the mail). They're not particularly good at shipping odd packages. While they shouldn't lose your stuff, they will. Now you know ahead of time. Don't use them for a service that you know they aren't good at.

They also suck at moving strollers and golf clubs. Also, if it's not an airport like SLC or DEN that is set up to handle lots of skis, they'll probably screw that up too.

All of the major airlines have huge cargo operations and are well versed in moving packages around the world.

/How do you think those Maine lobsters end up alive in you local resteraunt?


Yup.

I used to internationally ship multiple pallets of stuff (big huge freakin' boxes) at once every month at my old job and I think only once did a shipment go through a big cargo only operation (I think it was DHL). The rest of the time it was commercial air. More than just your luggage under those seats.
 
2012-06-01 12:32:54 PM  
Yea, we know that airlines move and lose a lot of stuff, but I was hoping for more helpful pictues of what a female pole vaulter might look like. Such as Erika Prezerakou...
www.losblanquillos.com
 
2012-06-01 12:37:58 PM  
( •_•)⌐■-■ I guess you could say...
(⌐■_■) she got the shaft

/YEEAAAAAHHHHHH
 
2012-06-01 12:43:46 PM  
seriously? how in the hell do you misplace 2 14foor long poles?
 
2012-06-01 12:45:44 PM  

HempHead: /How do you think those Maine lobsters end up alive in you local resteraunt?


I'm pretty sure it's FedEx. The primary lobster company has a waiting pool in Memphis, about a mile from the FedEx hub, and packs orders for customers shortly before midnight for the 3am flights.
 
2012-06-01 12:49:02 PM  
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2012-06-01 12:59:59 PM  
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2012-06-01 01:03:21 PM  

Dick Gozinya: Came for the Alison Stokke pic. Leaves satisfied.

/the "hot pic" not the fatty mcfatfat pic


Alison Stokke did not get fat. The original hot pic was her in high school. She competed at a national level for four years at Cal, and graduated last year.

The mcfatty pic is some other mcfatty.

She's gonna sleep with me now. I know it!

/ Alison! Call me!
 
2012-06-01 01:06:34 PM  
Did they look in Subby's mom?
 
2012-06-01 01:07:29 PM  
Deliver Everyone's Luggage To Atlanta.
 
2012-06-01 01:10:31 PM  
olympicgirls.net

olympicgirls.net

olympicgirls.net
 
2012-06-01 01:11:57 PM  
www.deportesblog.es
 
2012-06-01 01:17:41 PM  

Grables'Daughter: [olympicgirls.net image 447x581]

[olympicgirls.net image 323x500]

[olympicgirls.net image 640x411]


And all I can think of in that bottom pic is how much it hurts to lay on a poured rubber track in comparison to that track.
 
2012-06-01 01:20:20 PM  

Rent Party: Dick Gozinya: Came for the Alison Stokke pic. Leaves satisfied.

/the "hot pic" not the fatty mcfatfat pic

Alison Stokke did not get fat. The original hot pic was her in high school. She competed at a national level for four years at Cal, and graduated last year.

The mcfatty pic is some other mcfatty.

She's gonna sleep with me now. I know it!

/ Alison! Call me!


We'll need a detailed visual analysis of said pictures to determine that.
 
2012-06-01 01:23:27 PM  

bhcompy: Rent Party: Dick Gozinya: Came for the Alison Stokke pic. Leaves satisfied.

/the "hot pic" not the fatty mcfatfat pic

Alison Stokke did not get fat. The original hot pic was her in high school. She competed at a national level for four years at Cal, and graduated last year.

The mcfatty pic is some other mcfatty.

She's gonna sleep with me now. I know it!

/ Alison! Call me!

We'll need a detailed visual analysis of said pictures to determine that.


worldinspiration.files.wordpress.com

3.bp.blogspot.com

Bio at Cal

/ Serious! My white armor is getting hot!
 
2012-06-01 01:24:36 PM  

Rent Party: Dick Gozinya: Came for the Alison Stokke pic. Leaves satisfied.

/the "hot pic" not the fatty mcfatfat pic

Alison Stokke did not get fat. The original hot pic was her in high school. She competed at a national level for four years at Cal, and graduated last year.

The mcfatty pic is some other mcfatty.

She's gonna sleep with me now. I know it!

/ Alison! Call me!


My first suggestion would be to spell her name correctly.

/Allison

Yay! Now she's gonna sleep with meeeeeeeeeeee!
 
2012-06-01 01:41:54 PM  
Octomom wanted for questioning.
 
2012-06-01 01:45:00 PM  

Grables'Daughter: My first suggestion would be to spell her name correctly.

/Allison

Yay! Now she's gonna sleep with meeeeeeeeeeee!


So that makes everyone that wants to sleep with GD?

Rent Party: / Serious! My white armor is getting hot!


Funny story, white armor (defined as steel with no covering or paint) actually gets hot from transferred body heat even in the shade. The inverse is true in winter, where it becomes a freezing cold heat sink.

Oh you were being facetious? I was being pedantic, that's a wash...
 
2012-06-01 01:53:37 PM  

knightofargh: Grables'Daughter: My first suggestion would be to spell her name correctly.

/Allison

Yay! Now she's gonna sleep with meeeeeeeeeeee!

So that makes everyone that wants to sleep with GD?

Rent Party: / Serious! My white armor is getting hot!

Funny story, white armor (defined as steel with no covering or paint) actually gets hot from transferred body heat even in the shade. The inverse is true in winter, where it becomes a freezing cold heat sink.

Oh you were being facetious? I was being pedantic, that's a wash...


Yeah, lotta pedantry here interrupting the hot girl on the pole.

I'll forgive you this time, but don't let it happen again.

Carry on.
 
2012-06-01 01:55:01 PM  
One time while I was running a 3000 meter race on an indoor track, I came around the corner just as a pole vaulter was going up. He bailed and let go of the pole. With the one end still stuck in the little 'target pit', the other end shifted into my running path where I ran right into it (too focused on running to see it). Hurt like hell, left a nice lil circle on my shoulder.

/the only pole vault story I have
//turned out it was a teammate who bailed
///got nothing..sorry
 
2012-06-01 01:55:26 PM  

HempHead: Rapmaster2000: Kati Davis, a senior at Central Washington University, paid the carrier a $200 fee to have the 14-foot poles transported on a flight from Seattle to Colorado Springs on May 22.

Experienced traveler tip: ship it via UPS. It's much less money and it will get there on time. Send it ahead and pick it up at a UPS store when you get there.

Airlines are set up to move people and luggage (and the mail). They're not particularly good at shipping odd packages. While they shouldn't lose your stuff, they will. Now you know ahead of time. Don't use them for a service that you know they aren't good at.

They also suck at moving strollers and golf clubs. Also, if it's not an airport like SLC or DEN that is set up to handle lots of skis, they'll probably screw that up too.

All of the major airlines have huge cargo operations and are well versed in moving packages around the world.

/How do you think those Maine lobsters end up alive in you local resteraunt?

//Deltas ground handlers aren't even unionized employees otherwise we could blame those darn unions


Yes, and you went through air cargo. You didn't check the lobsters with the gate agent. That's the difference.

I hope you knew that's what I was getting at. If not then I apologize. I don't want to get into a Fark Pedantry Competition.
 
2012-06-01 01:59:18 PM  

Rent Party: Yeah, lotta pedantry here interrupting the hot girl on the pole.


Well she can be hot on the pole any time she wants to, if you know what I mean. And I think you do...
 
2012-06-01 02:26:41 PM  
Do you know who else lost poles?
Ignacy Mościcki
 
2012-06-01 03:33:37 PM  

Rapmaster2000: HempHead: Rapmaster2000: Kati Davis, a senior at Central Washington University, paid the carrier a $200 fee to have the 14-foot poles transported on a flight from Seattle to Colorado Springs on May 22.

Experienced traveler tip: ship it via UPS. It's much less money and it will get there on time. Send it ahead and pick it up at a UPS store when you get there.

Airlines are set up to move people and luggage (and the mail). They're not particularly good at shipping odd packages. While they shouldn't lose your stuff, they will. Now you know ahead of time. Don't use them for a service that you know they aren't good at.

They also suck at moving strollers and golf clubs. Also, if it's not an airport like SLC or DEN that is set up to handle lots of skis, they'll probably screw that up too.

All of the major airlines have huge cargo operations and are well versed in moving packages around the world.

/How do you think those Maine lobsters end up alive in you local resteraunt?

//Deltas ground handlers aren't even unionized employees otherwise we could blame those darn unions

Yes, and you went through air cargo. You didn't check the lobsters with the gate agent. That's the difference.

I hope you knew that's what I was getting at. If not then I apologize. I don't want to get into a Fark Pedantry Competition.


I hate to see anyone make excuses for incompetent airline workers who would be unemployed except for tax payer bailouts.

The cargo handlers and the bag handlers are the same. Hundreds of workers must have passed by those skis every shift and not a single one of them bothered to do thier job.
 
2012-06-01 03:43:20 PM  

HempHead:

The cargo handlers and the bag handlers are the same. Hundreds of workers must have passed by those skis every shift and not a single one of them bothered to do thier job.


It's so simple, right. They should just like... do their job.

You've got Duning-Krueger in your Operations.
 
2012-06-01 04:25:01 PM  
A UC Davis pole vaulter.
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2012-06-01 10:38:48 PM  

Rapmaster2000: Yes, and you went through air cargo. You didn't check the lobsters with the gate agent. That's the difference.

I hope you knew that's what I was getting at. If not then I apologize. I don't want to get into a Fark Pedantry Competition.


Agreed. Fedex stuff like this. For all you know maybe Fedex tossed a pallet on your jet (well maybe not since they own their own planes, but anyway...) and your stuff is down there in the cargo hold. But with third party your stuff is shrink wrapped onto a pallet that has a special team to make sure it gets on your plane. It's not something your gate agent tossed on the oversized cargo belt and forgot to alert the cargo team.
 
2012-06-02 12:53:03 AM  
Only losing 2 bags per 1000 passengers is considered good? Oy.
 
2012-06-02 10:30:08 AM  

Not_Todd: Only losing 2 bags per 1000 passengers is considered good? Oy.


That would be why I do everything possible to avoid checking bags, even if it means living out of a carry-on for two months, which is what I'm doing right now.
 
2012-06-03 01:45:32 PM  
Don't
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Luggage
To
Arrive
 
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