after arriving at Logan early (and clearing security behind entitled guy
, I went out to the satellite terminal and scoped out my gate (A18). Gate areas in A18 have "powered seats" where you can sit and plug in your laptop, so I did just that. Why drain power when I don't have to? Google is also sponsoring free WiFi at the airport through mid-January, so I used that rather than my USB broadband device.
I was originally seated in 18D but during online checkin I switched to 9C. This turned out to be a mistake. Not row 9 in general, but I chose that section because there was nobody else in it. I should have taken 9D, which had someone else in 9F but nobody in 9E. Yes, you guessed it, a party of two came and sat in 9A&B. Even worse for me, the emetophobe, the woman in the party (it was a couple) sat hunched with her head on her husband's lap during takeoff and climbout and had both hands clutching the air sickness bag. Why me???
I slept through most of climbout & takeoff (yay), then whiled away the flight with a combination of naps, TV show (First Among Equals
), book (Now & Then
by Jacqueline Sheehan) and puzzles (both in the in-flight mag and the GWOP I brought along).
The captain was mega annoying: whenever the plane even bumped slightly he put on the seatbelt sign, and every time he came on the PA to announce said bump (and seatbelts), he also told us how many miles we had to go before arriving at Seattle. I guess the latter wasn't so bad when we were past the halfway mark, but before then it was just depressing!
The flight arrived ~30m early and I was quickly out on the curb waiting for the hotel shuttle bus. As usual I pricelined into the Doubletree SeaTac ($41 plus taxes). Third visit, like the hotel. The only minus is that this time they stuck me in a room the equivalent of gate D36 in ATL. If you've been to that gate, you know what I mean...
Parents arrive in about 5 hours. Killing time until then. Going to go for a swim because, well, why not? Then we drive and pick up the nephew. CUTE NEPHEW!