Nov. 24, 2000
HONOLULU, Hawaii - I put our trainer Lisa Himmelspach to work immediately as a Smart Cart from the airport fell on my foot, just after unloading the bags from the Super Shuttle in Phoenix. Laying down with my foot elevated to stop the bleeding was perhaps an omen to what Arizona State women's basketball team was about to face as we headed to Hawaii for the Rainbow Wahine Classic. After arriving at LAX airport surprisingly on time, we hurried, some hobbled, over to the Hawaiian Air terminal. Here, we found out our flight had been cancelled because of mechanical trouble and delayed from our original departure of 5 p.m. Wednesday to a 2:30 a.m. flight Thanksgiving morning. Grounded, we ate dinner and went to bed early at a nearby airport hotel.
After laughing off the first delay, with the help from Amanda Levens' witty work with the Leah Combs video camera, we boarded the plane at 2 a.m., not only to have one more, but two more delays. The first came after we had already pulled away from the gate. Two men, who obviously didn't spend their down time sleeping or eating at the nearby Ramada like us, required police escorts to deplane because they were being overly obnoxious. A few minutes after the police had cleared the gate, the pilot came over the intercom, and announced that we would be on the ground for an additional fifteen minutes because we had to refuel Yes, it had been that long! In light of the Holidays, as well as the $200 voucher they issued the passengers, the plane remained calm and almost unfazed by the commotion and additional delays.
Upon arriving in Honolulu, just after the sunrise on Thanksgiving, we realize we have a lot to be thankful for. Greeted by the families of our two Hawaiian natives, Li'i Liu and Cian Carvalho, and showered with leis and gorgeous flowers, we realize just how special it is to be playing in Hawaii for the holidays. Although it sometimes seems my flight gate is always at the end of the terminal, I always get assigned a seat in the middle of two big, smelly people, and my hotel room is always furthest down the hall, I remain positive in my thinking --- not everybody is lucky enough to have made it to Hawaii for the Holidays!
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