(Yes, that’s a ‘Hotel California’ reference). Our Alaska Airlines ‘bird’ had a broken part last night, and the ground crew proceeded to tell us the flight was delayed from 4.00 pm to 4.30, then to 5.00, then to 7.00, then to 9.00, 9.30, and come 9.30, one more delay to 10.30. Several other flights to Seattle and Portland had already taken off by that time. We finally boarded at 10.45, wheels up at 11.00 and arrived in Seattle at 1.00 am. The veteran flyers all agreed that this was very unusual, and that they should have probably canceled the flight altogether by early evening. But with all the airplanes completely full for the morning with the 4th of July holiday weekend upon us, I guess there was no spare plane available, even on Friday morning. Anyway : made it home safe, even though it took a little longer than usual, is that not right? Then the delay really does not matter much.