Thursday, 25th November. Home and in the air. A day around the house, trying to square a few things away. Alternately drizzly then sunny, but as the afternoon wears on, becoming blustery. As usual, the cats are enjoying the extra attention, although by mid-afternoon, they are locked inside for the duration. Leave the house at about 3:00 pm heading for Dulles and the 6:00 pm flight…Dropped by the post office to mail some bills and the rent, and then by the ATM to deposit checks and get cash.
Spectacularly clear air on the drive to the airport with the landing aircraft in sharp detail. Driving past the economy parking, the lots look packed. I’m beginning to wonder if I’ll find a place in the Daily 1 garage, but the “secret” doesn’t fail me. Once again the fourth level of Daily 1 comes through. Out of almost 900 spaces, I’m about the 8th car in — on Thanksgiving afternoon! I back in to a spot right next to the central elevators.
Check-in is fast, as is security. Thanksgiving dinner is at TGI Friday’s in the D concourse, with the waiter serving up diet Coke instead of the real stuff, and me waiting almost 15 minutes for the check. Then the hoof to Gate C8.
Coach on the 777 is only a little better than 50% occupied, and there are very few folks in biz. The captain indicates we’re getting very favorable tail winds. They’re getting ready to serve dinner on the plane, which is my cue to sleep instead…