Thursday, May 7, 2009

Great Alaskan Adventure Begins!

Chapter one- Plane Shenanigans
Alright, so my plane left Dallas/Ft. Worth International Airport at 7:30am this morning. The first leg is a 4-hour jaunt to Seattle, where I change planes and then take another 3 hour flight to Anchorage. From there, I’ll take a 30 minute plane ride to Kenai, where I’ll pick up my rental car and head to my apartment, hopefully with all my luggage in tow. We’ll see. As I sit here on the first leg of the flight though, I’ve noticed a few things that I thought were worth mentioning:
- Flying over the effluvial plains and the snow-capped Rocky Mountains is pretty cool. I can’t help but think of that documentary about the young wilderness adventurer who had to go on a quest to return something to someone. I can’t remember what it’s called, but I think the guy’s name was Frodo.
- The grasslands of New Mexico and Colorado are covered with circular irrigation systems, which from 37,000 feet look like hundreds of pie charts spanning the land. Some of them are half , some are full, divided in odd places by roads.
- I decided to rent one of those digital in-flight entertainment systems. It was only 6 bucks, and the payoff has been pretty nice so far, since it contains both The Simpsons and Arrested Development. It also has a few movies, as evidenced by the guy sitting nearest to me, who got pretty embarrassed and flustered when the movie he was watching got to a sex scene right as the flight attendant came by to ask about meals and stuff. Speaking of which,
- I decided to purchase a meal. I left the hotel too early to take advantage of the continental breakfast, and a 4 hour flight is pretty long with no breakfast. I went with the “Anytime Picnic Pack,” which had crackers, cheese, applesauce, some salami that I gave to Captain Porno next to me, and various other accoutrements such as almond butter and jelly and a piece of chocolate. It wasn’t bad, and was better than risking not eating until I get to Anchorage.
- I got lucky enough to be sitting in a row that has a seat empty between me and the guy on the other side. I don’t think I’ve ever flown on a plane that wasn’t booked solid, so it’s a welcome change and it’s nice to have some room.
- They told us before we left that they had to remove all blankets and pillows from the plane due to concerns about the swine flu. That annoys me to no end.
Alright, I’m going to watch a movie or something. Maybe I’ll see how far into “Bride Wars” I can get before I try to take the whole thing into a nose dive into the Rockies.

Updates to follow.


Diana Davis said...

First, let us know if you made it...cliffhangers (which, taken literally, I hope you are not doing off the Rockies right now) = NOT awesome.

Second, it is ridiculous that they took away all of the blankets and pillows. This "greater good" attitude is exactly how the grocery stores started getting away with not bagging milk. I expect to see a sign tomorrow at the HEB reading: cannot bag or touch any of your groceries due to Swine Flu (ps - we are BANK'n! And we understand this word could be taken as either negative or posive in today's economic environment. Yes, it's confusing. We just won't bag your stuff.)

Thirdly, I find it hilarious that you gave Captain Porno a roll of sausage. Hooray for being a vegetarian!

Sean said...

This blog is on a collision course with wackiness!

Mark Osler said...

Pandas are native to Alaska, so I would worry most about them. Plus, they have their own brand of toilet paper, and may come into conflict with the Charmin bears...