Took a long weekend to attend my cousin's son's wedding in northern Virginia -- a wonderful, fun event that left me recharged with good memories. The weather, however, was on the edge of horrible. As a result, we were delayed several hours both going up and coming down.
We figured that, if you add up the delay in hours, we could've done an extra round-trip to D.C. Add to that the time waiting in airports -- we were there two hours ahead because of long lines -- and you have a hefty tab: about 24 hours involved in "travel" of some sort, most of it sitting in airports.
Which leads me to my point. MIA needs a major makeover. The lines are long and the service spotty. During our 4-hour delay Thursday evening, a mouse scampered about our gate area. Luggage handling? I'd give ourselves a D. At Reagan, for instance, our bags were delivered quickly. We had a long wait in Miami.
Considering that our airport is the first -- and sometimes only --impression we give visitors, we desperately need to clean up our act.