Delays and cancellations made our trip home an extra-long day. Our 10:10 flight from Pittsburgh had a mechanical failure which forced us to switch to a later flight so we missed our connection in Chicago. The next plane out of Chicago to Tokyo also had a mechanical failure—we waited for five hours while they flew in a replacement.
I was happy that we had Star Alliance Gold status (access to the Red Carpet Club and business center) and the new laptop (access to our e-mail and chat with friends) to keep us amused while we waited. The bloody mary didn’t hurt, either. :-)