Yes, I managed not to get too upset, tho I did engage in 10 minutes of what I think was well warranted venting during that 4.5 hour period. Not to my ride. When I did talk to them they really didn't seem to have much to say on the topic. I didn't even get a hug when they finally (!) showed up. But apparently their 'awful drive' merits all sorts of soothing and hand holding. I'm supposed to be fine, so there was no effort to make me feel any better.
I could have taken the offer for the free round trip ticket to give up my spot on *either* flight I took and just shown up later, but thought it would have been impolite as people had already made plans to come and get me. Ironically, if I had done so I would have arrived only half an hour later that they finally showed up.
I already want to go home, but am stuck until Monday. Somehow I don't see this whole thing getting any better. But it's okay - I brought my knitting.
Not to self - taking chances just doesn't work out.