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Airplanes and airports

"We apologize for the late delay", announced the captain, not long after the plane took off. The entertainment system was rebooting, so we were left to our own devices.

That's the way most of the trip was: full of minor variations, but nothing astounding. After saying goodbye to C. before security, I was tagged for a random check - which turned out to be a mighty convenient thing. They did automated body scanning of some sort, then whisked me to the head of a long line to have my baggage scanned. I skipped the bit where I waited in line and was on my way. Speaking of security, I'd never arrived at Toronto to have pre-immigration passport screening, just at the end of the tunnel into the terminal.

There were fifteen minutes of nasty turbulence over northern Scotland, probably thanks to the fierce storms which have been ravaging the northern parts of the country as of late, flooding Carlisle and causing havoc with 90 mph winds.

I stared vacantly at the screen for most of the trip. Wimbledon was an unconvincing romance, although the tennis was gripping at times; Garden State was a charming, low-key movie. jandersoncoats also provided me with entertainment, in the form of text to edit and ponder.

The airplane magazine tells me that Brazil is the de rigeur country that all stylish jetsetters want to be seen in this year: I trust you've all booked your tickets already?

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saffronjan
Jan. 11th, 2005 03:36 am (UTC)
Shipping confirmation
I think I wrote the tracking number for your present down wrong (John has the printed hooey straight from the computer screen, so we have it somewhere), so I can't be certain your present has shipped yet, but I'm sure it will be here SOOOOON, which makes me squirm with glee.

Hmmm. I'm not wearing my best "squirm with glee" outfit-- this one's a little constricting. Off to change into my squirmables!
owlfish
Jan. 11th, 2005 03:44 am (UTC)
Re: Shipping confirmation
Goodness... how cryptically exciting!
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owlfish
Jan. 11th, 2005 03:43 am (UTC)
I wasn't great, but I was so much better than I have been. I've gotten a whole lot better on this trip. Hurray!
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owlfish
Jan. 11th, 2005 03:48 am (UTC)
We were already in turbulence when the captain announced that we were about to have fifteen minutes of severe turbulence. With your categorizations in mind, I was panicked. Happily, it turned out we'd already had the worst of it before that announcement.
snowdrifted
Jan. 11th, 2005 04:25 am (UTC)
Glad to know you're back safe! It's been great reading all your reports from your travels. :)
owlfish
Jan. 12th, 2005 04:02 am (UTC)
Thank you!
sioneva
Jan. 11th, 2005 10:35 am (UTC)
Glad you're home and okay! Sorry about having to leave C. behind, though--don't I know how difficult long distance is *hugs*

And I must not be a stylish jetsetter...no desire to go to Brazil this year!
owlfish
Jan. 12th, 2005 04:02 am (UTC)
Thank you for the sympathies. I'm just so glad that the separation will be so much more manageable this time.. and that this time we can afford regular flights back and forth.

I suspect I'm skipping Brazil this year too.
kashmera
Jan. 11th, 2005 11:21 pm (UTC)
Ah Brazil...
...that is so last year dahling...

..oh yeah, that was just me going there wasn't it.

Mind you I'd love to go back and explore more of it - oh and this time I'd bring back some of their coffee.
owlfish
Jan. 12th, 2005 04:01 am (UTC)
Re: Ah Brazil...
You're a such bleeding-edge fashionista!

Which means if you tell me where you're going this year, I'll know what's going to be hot in 2006!
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