Ballroom Dance > Larinda's "Missing" Dress

Discussion in 'Ballroom Dance' started by Larinda McRaven, Apr 13, 2008.

  1. etp777

    etp777 Active Member

    That's great to hear, Borbala. Hopefully some others here get similar good news in the near future. And hopefully those of us travelling soon don't have similar bad news of lost baggage. :D
  2. dancerman

    dancerman Active Member

    Great news. The person who delivers that bag back to you gets treated like royalty eh?
  3. Purr

    Purr Well-Known Member

    That's great your lost suitcase finally turned up with the contents intact! :)
  4. fascination

    fascination Site Moderator Staff Member

    what a relief!!!!
  5. LucyDiamond

    LucyDiamond Active Member

    Excellent news!!!
  6. tanya_the_dancer

    tanya_the_dancer Well-Known Member

    Great news! Just out of curiosity, how long did it take the airline to locate the bag?
  7. Borbala_Bunnett

    Borbala_Bunnett New Member

    Thanks :).

    Picked the bag up myself - left a voicemail regarding delivery that didn't get answered for 24 hours, but anyway....

    It took just about 8 weeks for the bag to get back to me.


    Still very excited and thankful that the suitcase is back. :D
  8. ChelD

    ChelD Member

    Great news!

    Maybe it will be the start of a trend and some of the other "lost" gowns will find their way home.
  9. Some guy

    Some guy New Member

    What a relief! Thank goodness.

    That reminds me of a joke I heard about air travel:
    A frequent flyer passenger walks up to the counter to check in his luggage. The airline representative asks him where he's traveling to this week. The passenger says, "I'm going to New York, but I want *this* bag to go to Chicago and *this* one to go to London". The airline rep says, "sorry sir, we can't do that". The passenger, very puzzled, asks, "why not? You did it just last week!"
  10. Me

    Me New Member

    Congratulations! It made me sick to see both of your gowns disappear like that. I cannot believe it took TWO MONTHS for them to return but still, what a blessing!

    One time I had a tango performance the evening of the day I was coming off a business trip. Because of my job, I was obligated to keep business items in my carry on, which meant... I had to check my personal bag (with tango costuming inside.) Yep, you guessed it - The airline lost my luggage! It only took about four days for them to return it and I was mad as cats about that. I can't imagine two months!
  11. eliskamarshallova

    eliskamarshallova New Member

    I generally have to buy used dresses since that is why my budget can afford. I have never thought, 'how do I know this is not a stolen dress?' However, after reading this thread, I'm much more aware that this occurs. What are some safeguards in not buying a stolen dress AND how to keep your own dresses from not getting stolen at comps? I too generally have to leave my dresses in the dressing rooms (again, tight budget and usually can't stay at the comp hotel).
  12. tanya_the_dancer

    tanya_the_dancer Well-Known Member

    When I used a dressing room in comp's hotel, I had a fairly large duffel bag with me and took everything with me to the ballroom.
  13. debmc

    debmc Well-Known Member

    I never use a dressing room at a big comp, I usually change in my hotel room. I also pack my dresses in a carry on bag to take on the plane so that they don't leave my sight.
  14. 3wishes

    3wishes Well-Known Member

    1) Have a luggage bag with wheels (yes the kind that goes on-board a jet for the overhead compartment) that is very colorful and unique. Not the standard issue black or blue bag. USE THE LOCK or get one that is provided with the luggage. Roll this into ballroom where you can eye it - from the floor or have a friend or co-dancer watch over it.
    2) NEVER ever put your costumes/shoes, if your on a jet, into the belly of the plane with checked luggage.
    3) Before going to a comp, if your changing in the bathroom or dressing room, tag the inside of your costume with a piece of fabric that says who the costume belongs to with a contact number. However, the safest bet, is to take everything with you - do not leave it against a wall, or hiding in a corner. Or pay the 5 bucks to the bell desk at the hotel for them to hold your costume bag(s). and you keep the bell desk ticket with you.
    4) How will you know if a costume your buying is stolen? you probably will not, until someone recognizes it, or you search boards like this one and you yourself recognize the costume. One possibility could be that the "seller" has no idea about the history of the dress, then again the "seller" could say the dress is new and has no history or the costume had been sold to the seller from the "stealer" and was told it's new never worn. etc etc.
  15. mindputtee

    mindputtee Well-Known Member

    By the way, was Larinda's dress ever found? The picture link doesn't work anymore and I was curious as to what it looks like seeing as I am in the Baltimore area. I'd like to be able to keep an eye out for it.
  16. skwiggy

    skwiggy Well-Known Member

    I almost never stay at the comp hotel, and I never leave my dresses in the dressing rooms. I leave my street clothes, makeup, hair products, etc, and carry costumes and shoes with me into the ballroom. It's a pain, but I just don't feel safe leaving my gowns in the communal dressing room.

    I also second others who have posted that they never check their costumes on an airplane either. I might check everything else, but costumes and shoes go in my carry on. Period.
  17. TinyDancer109

    TinyDancer109 Well-Known Member

    +1... and jewelry...
  18. canismajor41

    canismajor41 Active Member

    This has always been my policy - carry costumes, shoes and jewelery on the plane. But the last time I actually wish I had checked it all since my carry-on was stolen/taken in the hotel lobby while awaiting a cab. Thankfully I did check my shoes. Perhaps next time I should physically attach my carry-on to my body with one of those bungee cord things like I see people using with their toddlers.
  19. jjs914

    jjs914 Active Member

    Last time the airline literally made me check my carry on because they had run out of room on the plane...and I hated every minute of it until i had my dresses back in my hands.
  20. skwiggy

    skwiggy Well-Known Member

    I think if this happened to me I might consider wearing my dress rather than checking it. ;)

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