June 22nd, 2010

SpaceNeedleApparition

Rocketman

Just about to put the last touches on my flight suit and pick up my bags and head to the airport. If you all could please send some gentle staying in the air thoughts to the West Coast that'd be grand. We'll be in the air till at least 10:45 PDT--possibly longer, but we do need to land safely as well, so use your discretion. :)

I did not do absolutely everything I wanted to do before leaving but there is an open trail to the cat dishes so Sandy can feed them and their litterboxes have been cleaned so that unpleasant chore is taken care of for the next little bit.

I almost forgot to put the boarding pass I printed out last night into my bag and now I am wondering what else I am forgetting but besides keys, money, ID, clothes and a boarding pass, what do you really need when you are going all of 900 miles up the road? Well, klonopin, of course, but I've got that.

Time to unplug the computer and say goodbye to the cats. The hardest part!

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SpaceNeedleApparition

From the air

Well, I'm not in the air anymore but I could have posted from the air: Virgin has wireless internet onboard their domestic flights at least. I took the opportunity to have a short gmail chat with [profile] zyrcster just so I could say I was 35,000 feet above Lassen Peak headed towards Mt Shasta and could still chat with her everyday-like at her office in San Francisco.

The future is upon us.

Maybe I'm easily impressed or don't fly often enough but Virgin kind of blew me away. They charge a nominal fee for everything--except checking a bag is $25 so I left my wallet chains at home and carried on a small duffel bag, figuring I could get a wallet chain here for less than $25--so I understand why they are at least not losing tons of money because everything they offer is irresistible. Broadband wireless in the air? Sure I'll pay $9 for it! You can even by headphones for $2 if you forgot to bring your own. They have games and TV shows and all sorts of stuff you can do/watch on the little screen in front of each seat but I did not have time to do much before we were across the Columbia River. After that I have to watch everything because the approach to Seattle is always breathtaking.

Anyway I also dug the faux black lit cabin--really blue and purple lighting that makes it look like you are in a club rather than an airplane--and the leather covered seats and the very modern shaped plastic bulkheads and whatnot. No curtain between coach and first class; a smoke colored double pane of something that probably was not real glass.

So I'm here in Seattle for the first time in a year. I've been up since 1am. I could probably have coffee and force myself to stay up longer but really a nap seems more reasonable. Lisa is at work and probably won't be home for at least three hours. That's long enough for me to zonk out quite thoroughly.

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