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I'm updating from my grandparents computer... The flights went pretty well. I needed sleep but couldn't get any. I'm not sure if it was because I wasn't comfortable enough or if I had a subconscious need to stay attentive, being my first time and not knowing what to expect.

The first leg to D.C. was on a tiny 36-seat prop plane. I had a window seat but it was difficult to see much with the wing right there. Despite being a tiny flight, they still served a drink and a nutri-grain bar. Yummy.

I got to D.C. and took the mobile lounge over to the other concourse to pick up my next flight. Thanks opalcat for explaining that to me. :) The next leg was on a 777 I think... with two aisles... 9 seats wide total. Each seat had an LCD video screen where you could watch movie/tv channels or view a live map of the flight. That was damn cool. Like a Weather Channel style info loop about the flight, showing direction, location, altitude, outside air temperature, you name it. And they handed out headphones so we could listen to the video channels or music channels. One channel had the airline communications frequency, so I could hear them mentioning our flight number and confirming course changes, then I'd see it take effect on the map. Wicked. :) I watched Monsters Inc., too. I didn't have a window seat though... I was one away, so I only got a glimpse now and then. But again, we were over the wing. They served breakfast on that flight... egg muffin with cheese... yuck... but I was starving so I ate it. And there was a banana too... good, except that it was refrigerated. At times I almost felt nauseous, not from flying but from the combination of being tired and the food I ate. And I couldn't sleep.

The departure was delayed about a half hour so we were late arriving in Denver, and my next flight was departing from a gate on the other end of the concourse like 2 minutes after I walked off. After nearly falling the first time I stepped onto the moving walkway (and learning the style for the next two) I made it to the gate and found that despite the monitors saying it was on time, it was actually delayed because the flight crew wasn't all there yet. Whew.

The final leg was on a smaller jet... only 6 seats per row. It felt more like a wide coach bus, especially in terms of the seat upholstry and overhead compartment doors. And I had a window seat so that was cool. I saw the dam as we approached Boise. Had a nice soft landing and got off and found my parents waiting for me, then immediately ran for a bathroom. :)

Well we just had dinner here and we're about to go out and visit my aunt and uncle. More later. :)

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I'm glad you made it out there OK and didn't have trouble on your flights!

Sounds like you had a good journey out there. Have a good trip!

Who drove you to the airport? I always took Thwack's Airport Taxi Service, but I would imagine it wasn't available for this trip. :)

J!

Re: Incidentally...

Yeah, I drove myself and I'm gonna pay an arm and a leg to get my car out of there when I get back.

The food varies a lot. Sometimes it's vile. Sometimes it's edible.

In first class it can actually be almost tasty.

Oooh.. big plane... and Ooooh.. Denver! Cool! The 6 seat across one is the biggest I've been on since France. It was probably a 757. The smaller one had 3 seats across? That's what they usually use out of Rochester.

Most of the Boeing 7x7 series planes have 6 across with one aisle....the 747 being the main exception. A 777 has two aisles, but only 7 across. The plane with 9 across was most likely a DC-10, which is easily the coolest plane I've been on.

The 6 across could have been anything...the most common I think for domestic flights are a 737, 757, or an Airbus 319 or 320. There are subtle differences which Dan would have only noticed if he was really into this sort of thing, or if anybody actually cared. :) Like where the engines were on the bigass plane. If there was one under each wing and one at the base of the tailfin, that's a DC-10...and if he noticed little vertical stabilizers on the wingtips, that's an Airbus...and stuff like that.

and BTW...prop planes suck.

J!

Hey... aren't you supposed to be working?? :)

I can tell the difference between an F-14 and an F-14B/D (the newer one) :) So nyah!

I AM working....what are you doing?

Get to work, slacker! :)

YOU get to work!

According to my tickets, I have at least one flight on an Airbus 320 and at least one on a 319. No DC-10s. The rest (aside from the prop) are 777 for sure, and either a 737 or 747, but no 757s I don't think.

The one thing I did notice as we landed in Boise (on the 6-across 1-aisle plane) was how complex the wings are. I watched the one out my window as we landed, and there must have been 200 moving parts on that thing, and after we landed, they all retracted into a nice compact wing.

And actually the prop was fun, exept that I couldn't hear a thing anyone tried to say to me, including the useless intercom.

The smaller one as in the prop, yes. 1 aisle with 1 seat on one side and 2 on the other. It was a BAe Jetstream 41. Cozy little thing.

In DC I boarded a 777, which is the one I said had 2 aisles and 9 seats across.

In Denver I boarded a 737-300 and had a nice window seat where I watched the wing during landing.

Going home, I'll board an Airbus 320 in Boise and a 319 in Chicago.

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