New York, NY, USA

I wish I could find something witty and amusing to say on the subject of engine de-icing valves, but currently they're not my favorite airplane part. Oh, I appreciate the job they do, and recognize the necessity for them. But if there are any engine de-icing valves reading this, could you just do me a favor and not fail unpredictably just before take-off, causing a four-hour delay while one of your less work-shy peers is rounded up and installed? Thanks. I appreciate it.

I will get to Istanbul eventually, I'm sure. I'm just praying that my luggage comes along too, otherwise M. and I are going to find ourselves standing on top of a 3000m mountain pass in our underwear.