March 13th, 2007
|09:59 am - I'm back! with an airplane-catching story....|
So I just spent about 3 days in my hometown, hanging out with family and friends and generally managing to enjoy myself pretty throughly. Showing my parents an episode of Numb3rs ("Prime Suspect") and hooking my two oldest brothers on New Doctor Who just by showing them "Rose" and "The End of the World" were some highlights. :-) (My brothers found Doctor Who engrossing and absolutely hilarious. I haven't seen either of them laugh that much in a while. I'm surprised they didn't outright steal my DVD set.)
So, I've never tried to catch an early evening flight out of LAX. Nor have I ever had to park at the airport (all my local friends were away at an artist's retreat). I knew the traffic would be bad on the 405, just not quite *how* bad. I knew it might take me a few minutes to find parking, but I didn't realize how maze-like the streets around the airport are. I knew the shuttle would eat up more time, but I didn't factor how many stops they might have to make.
The upshot of all this was that I checked in about 3 minutes too late to check my duffel bag. And since you can only carry-on two bags, I had to take my laptop out of its bag and stuff it into the top of my duffel. whitemartyr, remember that bag Gina gave me, that I've been using as a laptop bag? I couldn't fit it into either of my other bags, so I dumped it in a trash can as I ran for security.
Of course, I hadn't planned to carry my duffel on, so I had contact solution in there and they pulled it out and wouldn't let me take it (that's $10 down the drain--brand new bottle). That delayed me further.
Then I had to run, with my backpack on my back and my duffel over one shoulder (so much sympathy for Colby in "One Hour" now), through the terminal, up stairs, to find my gate. I was sweaty and shaking and exhausted when I got there, and they were boarding my flight already.
So I'm glad I made it on, but wow. I hope I never have to do that again. I'm also thinking I really need to get into better shape! :-)
And my entry for the Multi-Fandom Lyric Wheel was late, due to lack of Internet connection and my airplane trip. But I did get it in! And I don't think it sucks, so yay.
Current Mood: okay
Welcome back! Yay that you made your flight and didn't have to fly stand-by.
Looking forward to hearing from you. I've made some re-writes to my Megan fic that you might want to see before you do an all-out beta. Let me know.
Hello! Yeah, stand by would have sucked.
I'll try to email you at lunch time, okay? And I think I'd like to send you the beta for BE before I do the Megan one, if that's cool. (Haven't seen Democracy yet, btw.)
A) You MUST watch "Democracy." Tonight. And maybe we can chat tomorrow.
B) Sending BE (as opposed to B&E, which isn't a fic yet, but would make a really cool title, don't you think?) first is fine. It's just that I have Don&Megan on the brain because we don't get nearly enough of that particular dynamic on the show. If you can find a good Don&Megan cap, I'd love for kerravonsen to make a Gen Pride icon using them. ('Cause gen doesn't have to apply to just guys or just gals; it can apply to co-ed phileo as well. :-) )
Truly, Don needs a Megan. Not Larry's Megan, of course, but someone like her. But I digress . . .
I do plan on watching "Democracy" tonight. I was much too tired last night. :-)
And I'll see if I can locate sites with good caps. Some of my Numb3r Crunching peeps can probably direct me.
Dude, glad you made it through LAX without serious injury. That place is a jungle. LAX is largely responsible for how terrified I am of airports in general. My sister keeps insisting that not all airports are evil, but between LAX (which is huge and scary) and experiences in Phoenix and Houston (what crack-head architect designed those buildings, and has he been appropriately punished?) I am convinced that all airports other than my nice, shiny little John Wayne Airport are fifty kinds of evil.
Houston is definitely maze-like. Dallas, otoh, I love, having been through it twice. It's huge and wide open and there are lovely little coffee shops and corners where things are quiet.
Smaller airports tend to be less frantic, for sure.
Philadelphia's airport is lovely. I had a 6-hour layover there once, and they have rocking chairs--real, honest-to-goodness Amish-type mission-style rocking chairs--along the concourse. I sat and read and watched the passers-by when I wasn't strolling up and down the concourse.
Now that I've been through LAX, O'Hare, and Philly, Dayton International (bwah!) in Dayton, OH makes me go, "This is an airport? But it's so tiny!"
*laughs* Yeah, my sister always says how tiny our local airport is, but I'm so used to it that the giant airports make me feel like they're going to eat me.
LAX is awful.
My three favourite airports would be Singapore, Salt Lake City and Melbourne. They is nice airports.
I've never been to LAX. I never want to go to LAX.
We should hand out again sometime :) Just not anywhere near LAX.
LOL, yeah. :-) We should hang out sometime...any ideas? Email me!
Heh. Ain't airports fun? I once had to run through Hartfield Airport in Atlanta because my friend dropped me off late. And while LAX is bigger, Hartfield is much loooonger. It's so long they have trams just to take you to *other parts* of the airport! But none were available, so I couldn't wait. They were calling my name at the gate by the time I got there, about to close the door if I didn't show up!
Sorry you had to throw away stuff. That's the kind of ridiculous thing that nearly puts me off airlines altogether. I think next time I have to go to Atlanta (for DragonCon), I might see about taking a train. It takes longer, but it should be cheaper, and at least I don't have to be strip-searched.
"Rose" was okay, but "The End of the World" definitely made me a New Doctor Who fan. Funny, touching, suspenseful, thought-provoking. What more could you ask?
Sorry you had to throw away stuff. That's the kind of ridiculous thing that nearly puts me off airlines altogether.
Well, if that's the price one pays for traveling quickly... I could drive up to Oregon, but that would mean taking two additional days off work, as it's a 12 hour drive one way. :-P
Whew! Good thing you didn't get pulled for a random security check. That happened to me last time I flew and the whole time I was thinking "that's it, we're late, we missed the flight...etc" LOL.
Oh goodness yes. I've been pulled only once, flying back in from Canada a couple years ago. Annoying. I spent the flight home working out ways to get weapons through the metal detector. ;-)
Hehe. Now that's a way to make the time go by faster. ;D
|Date:||March 14th, 2007 12:23 am (UTC)|| |
Welcome back! I thought you were being unusually quiet!
Hallo! Yes, I kind of was, huh? But I'm back now!
Just think of it as plot fodder. :)
Yep. I think I shall. :-) But it was still quite the experience. I didn't realize exactly how out of shape I am till I was standing waiting to board, feeling like I was about to drop dead. Heh.