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Friday, 07 April 2006 20:00
I would like to share a little bit of my background with you, but I hope you will understand why I do not provide a great many details. Regrettably I do not feel it wise to share specific facts due to identity theft and other concerns. In addition, there will be a little more insight regarding my thoughts on the creation and continuation of DELTAreallySUCKS.COM. I was born in the great state of Ohio in the early 1960s. Before I was a teenager my family relocated to sunny central Florida. After serving in the United States Navy for almost six years, and receiving an Honorable discharge, I moved to the Atlanta area to work for Ricoh Corporation. Many of you know of them for their cameras, and many more from their copiers. Ricoh also owns the Savin, Gestetner, and Lanier brand names.

I have flown many commercial airline flights in my almost 30 years of flying experience, including flights on airlines that now are either completely gone, or on airlines that have morphed into something completely different than what they once were. Included in my flying past is the honor of one take-off and one trap (landing) aboard the great aircraft carrier USS Nimitz, CVN-68. Those two experiences I hope will never fade from my memory.

While not every experience involving commercial aviation has been bad, there are, unfortunately, far too many negative experiences. I've done my homework here folks; I'm not just griping in the dark. The input for this site includes hundreds of hours of chatting with fellow travelers and airline personnel, countless hours of research in books, periodicals, and on the Web.

During the first half of 2002, I have significantly reduced the number of flights I take, and I expect this trend to continue. This is for a variety of reasons, but primarily due to my two boys. They both play baseball, and one plays soccer too. Both are also keenly aware, especially my oldest son, that Delta always seems to be late and that's why daddy missed some of the things I did.

I will never forget the events of September 11, 2001. I had flown to the New York City area on Monday September 10, and was in Manhattan on that infamous day. Several friends of mine actually witnessed the impact of United Airlines flight 175 into the south tower of the World Trade Center. We all stood together and watched in disbelief as the towers later fell.

While the events of September 11, 2001 caused tragedies that make issues I discuss on this site pale in comparison, I nonetheless feel a certain need to continue developing this site.

Delta demonstrated to me their complete lack of decency when we had to deal with canceling family travel plans in October, 2001. From one trip alone our family shelled out over $700, which we attempted to have refunded or credited in full toward future air travel without success. In the end, we lost every penny due to the uncooperative position.

This single instance only further cements my resentment of Delta Air Lines. I understand Delta's rules regarding non-refundable tickets and why they have them. But those rules should apply in normal environments, not when extraordinary circumstances prevail. Once again Delta as an organization proved to me that their number one interest is money.

That is another reason why I have reduced my travel on Delta. I simply will not tolerate such treatment. As a company, Delta, screw you. Once the balance in my SkyMiles account, in excess of 1,000,000 miles at the time of this writing, is used, I really don't care if you survive as an organization or not. I'm just returning the favor of your lack of concern. You don't care about me, and I recently lost any remaining respect I ever had for you. In case you have not figured it out by now, I think YOU REALLY SUCK!
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