Greetings from the Land Of My Birth. Mrs. Geek and I are visiting for the next few days to see family and old friends of mine. We traded a bunch of frequent flier miles for this trip, and got to travel business class. This leads me to a problem: the experience of not traveling in coach may have spoiled me forever on air travel.
Oh, how the other half lives! Real glassware and flatware! Cloth place mats and napkins! Large chairs with leg room! Unlimited beverages! Edible food! Flight attendants who learn your name! I liken the experience to the difference between dining at a chain fast food franchise and a reviewed two star restaurant.
Of course, the people you meet at the other end of the plane seem to have concerns that are a bit foreign. I spent some of the flight looking over the shoulder of an adolescent who was working on a Powerpoint presentation discussing the pros and cons of attending boarding school, for example. Too many years of grad school training were the likely cause of the repeated urge to say "Excuse me... but some of those slides don't present your point very well. Would you like some help?"
But hey, that's me.
In the end, I arrived at my destination moderately refreshed and feeling rather comfortable. This is something that doesn't often happen after spending a few hours curled up in a seat in coach. Does this mean that I am spoiled? I hope not. I don't think I'll be able to afford travel in this kind of style again for some time, unless that lottery ticket pays off big!
on 2007-12-28 at 11:40 p.m.
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