WEDNESDAY, January 22 writing from Chicago O'Hare Three days ago I hadn't planned on being in Chicago. Right now I should be at JFK waiting for boarding for my Madrid flight if I flew my original routing SFO-JFK-Madrid with a departure this morning from SFO. Thought it was a little risky when I looked at the forecast on Monday afternoon when I was in the air and when I landed at SFO Monday night I called and took advantage of a weather waiver and had AA reroute me anywhere but JFK. In this case, the new routing was SFO-Chicago-London-Madrid and my upgrades held on the AA flights all the way to London. Instead of arriving at 8:30 in the morning I'm scheduled to arrive at 2 in the afternoon on Thursday. Did gain some time back by leaving SFO at 9:30 in the morning instead of 7a.m., so really only about 3 hours extra travel time. Agent wanted to give me a 35 min connection here in Chicago, which would have saved me another 2 hours, but just too risky to have such a short connection on international and have to worry about alternate flights later at night. I opted for 2.5 hours here instead and really only had just over 2 hours as we landed a little late. Lots of bumpy air on this flight. AA now allows you to order your meals in advance if your upgrade has cleared before the 24 hour mark, so I selected oatmeal this morning for the SFO-Chicago flight. That came with some cut fruit and a muffin. On arrival in Chicago I had just over an hour to visit the Flagship Lounge where I enjoyed some cream of broccoli soup and shrimp. Also got the bad news that my London flight is departing from the L pier which is about as far away as you can get from the lounge to the very last set of AA gates (they have piers G, H, K and L). I've been pretty fortunate in only being sent down to the L pier about once every 2-3 years.