Trip Report – The Way There

I love this LJ Client. I suppose I could do the same thing via notepad, but it’s not as cool.

They moved me up in time, and instead of leaving at 5pm, or 3, I left at 12:28…ish.
That’s not bad. What’s bad is that I don’t have a corp credit card. Actually, I do, but it’s not activated. And while still not activated, it’s got my last name mis-spelt.
Paging Mr. Faller.
Faller, like that makes any sense ^_^

The first flight (of the 4 total just to get there) was pretty good. I cringed a little bit when I saw that it was Economy, visions of being cramped danced in my head.
But it wasn’t all that bad. The stewardess wasn’t super pleasant, but she wasn’t “surly” either. Some will get that last bit, some will not.
I wasn’t cramped, but really, there wasn’t enough room to be cramped. Trust me, it makes sense.

I got to Chicago, where I am now, finally found the right line, and had a funny little chat with the ticket dude.
“Make sure you don’t loose these tickets before you get to Quantis, otherwise you’re basically screwed.”
Pretty much word for word, especially the end bit.
Wandered through security, and I think I’ve now been flagged as “special” because I had to remove my shows and get padded down.
Must be my shirt that says “Kill the President”.
Kidding, I’m wearing my favorite blue Hawaiian that I only bring out on special occasion. You know, when it’s clean.

I have another 2 hours before my flight. I’m so bored.
People that I’ve seen:
The Cat(as Dwayne Dibbly)
Charlie
Funny, I thought I had more in this list…

No wireless at the airport, or at least none that the card can detect, but that’s not saying much. It doesn’t do the whole “sniff out wireless” bit on it’s own, it has to be lead.

Killing time…Killing time.

OK, right, so, this whole time thing.
I swear I’m going to completely skip over Thursday. I think it’s going to go something like this:
Wednesday
Wednesday
Wednesday
Friday!

But, and here’s the nifty bit, on the way home I’ll be traveling for about 23 hours, and arrive only 10 hours after I leave.
Figure that.
I love time travel; like that time I went back to the 60’s and did stood on a grassy knoll.

I have the Arnold Rimmer song stuck in my head. If you know what I’m talking about, you can understand how it could be annoying.

Off in search of something else. I’ll keep you posted.

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One of the BushWhackers, that’s who I saw. I knew there was more.

Second flight down, two more to go. Currently, it’s 8:57 local time, 11:57 home time. I should be boarding in about 30 minutes for the longest of the flights.
I have to admit that business class is much nicer than Eco.
However, the planes must be older.
I remember the Cuba trip had these neat little LCD screens that would show you all the safety info, where as the two flights that I’ve had have the stewards do it. And they look real excited about it ^_^

Business class also has free scotch, and it doesn’t suck. So I had two.
I know you’re not really supposed to drink on a flight, but they offered. Damn them.
I’m kinda on my second wind. Not too sleepy yet, but I’m sure that’ll change.
When I finally get to where I’m going, I should check in with the locals. After a shower/bath that is.

On the second flight, I think I learned the best trick to clear your ears. You can plug your nose and blow, but also open your mouth as much as possible. I think my ears are clearer than they’ve been all day.

Security the second time around was easier as well. Still had to remove my shows. Damn that fool with the plastic explosive and the matches. What was he thinking?

Kinda wish I had a portable DVD player. I wonder what the movie will be?
I have Space Balls with me, but the DVD player on the laptop isn’t so great. Actually, I think it’s more of a Windows problem. Since the system got reloaded, the CD/DVD player is having…issues.

Oh yes, the onboard meal. A properly prepared ham sandwich on a croissant(?) with a nice little salad with some white wine. Cool.
Oh, and they had hot nuts. I have to look into this.
I wonder if just popping some nuts into the microwave will generate the same result?
I mean, they’ll be hot, but will they be any good?

I hope my luggage shows up in Sydney. It would suck if it didn’t.

I have 4 hours of battery life left.
Still 20 minutes before I get the second to last plane.

Technically, I still think I’ll miss Thursday all together. Not that I mind much, don’t much care for Thursdays.

I should call my brother from AUS on his birthday. Maybe I can wake him up ^_^
Wonder if I have his number?

That’s all for now. Not that you would notice. This will be one hell of a post.

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Longest flight evar! 13.5 hours in the air. If it wasn’t for the fact that it was business class, I think I would have died.
Where to start with Quantas?
I <3 Quantas!
You ge tthis little pod all to yourself. More room than most movie theaters. It was like a recliner all to yourself.
And it did recline, oh how it reclined. I'm talking about a real sleeping position, with a pillow and everything.
Was it super comfortable? No.
Was it better than anything economy could offer?
Fuck Yea!
Mind you, I didn't see what economy was like with Quantas, but I did have a peek into First Class. I don't even want to know how much that would cost.
And the food!
We had a choice, a real choice, of what to have for dinner, and it resembled and tasted like stuff one would get in a restaurant that I couldn't afford.
And there was breakfast too ^_^
Scrambled eggs and smoked salmon. Neat little combo, but it worked.
We had a choice of about 13 movies, and I watched two. One that I wanted to watch didn't seem to be available, but whatever.
No scotch on the rocks, but I think I would have had to get up and make that myself. Or at least ask for it. So I didn't.
Just amazing. Can't wait to go back on it. With any luck the movies will be different.

One more flight to go, but it should be a quick 45 minutes. Then I can get to the hotel and wash the stink off of me.

Then I should check in to see what the hell I'm supposed to be doing tomorrow.

I think a little bit of Thursday snuck in, but I don't mind. I think I was asleep anyway.

No service on the cell yet, but it could be the airport.

I'm really starting to sweat and smell. But I'm surprisingly alert.
It's 10:14am Friday here, and 6:14pm Thursday at home. Just a little confusing.

All in all it hasn't been a terrible experience. Mind you, I think next time I'll dress a little better. Or at least have a change of clothes. Wearing Jeans for 20+ hours, and sleeping in them, not such a great idea.
But, I didn't know, and now I do.

I still think I forgot my digi-cam, maybe I was smart and put it in the main bag…but I doubt it.
I might pick up a little disposable jobbie.
Starting to board for the last flight of the day.

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Quick little flight.

Did I already mention how surreal this whole flying thing is? It's like a combo of SimCity and Google Maps.

Got to the hotel without any problems. Damn buggers drive on the wrong side of the road ^_^

However, nothing at the Hyatt is free. Well, the coffee is free, but I'm only assuming that because I can't find the price list for it.
And I love how much they charge you on things.
The mini-cans of Pringles, $5/each. Mixed nuts(not a lot) $8.
Oh, and the high speed internet isn't free either!
And neither is the unchilled bottle of water!
GAH!
Glad I'm not paying for it in the long run.
But that Visa bill is going to look bad for a short period of time.

Anyway, now that I'm hear and I have talked to the work dudes, I have some docs to read before I totally crash.
It says 11pm, but it's really just 3pm…tomorrow.
Fun Fun.

Oh, one last thing: my day starts at 5am tomorrow. Woot.

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