I arrive at LAX for my flight to Shanghai fresh from the campout with the troop. I am drained and starving, and I am not on my normal flight, so my rhythm is off even before I step out into the airport.
The big downside of United 32 versus ANA 5 is that the former takes off several hours earlier, meaning that breakfast is in the lounge, or nowhere. Despite the very nice spread United lays out in their new LAX lounge, there was nothing there that matched my nutrition program and my Kosher-style sensibilities apart from some lovely ice water. So I tossed in a Quest bar and called it a meal.
I spent the first half of my adult life becoming more open minded about food. Alas, my physical and spiritual health have made me rather more high-maintenance that I would prefer. I find myself making an alarming number of special requests in restaurants and apologizing to friends, colleagues, travel agents, and servers.
It’s all andropausal OCD.
But I’ll own it.
Very early morning at DFW waiting for my flight, and the little ERJ-175 waiting for me at the end of the jetway is just being nudged from her slumbers by the ground service team.
I do like these jets better than their little sisters. Something about the engines-under-wing configuration is comforting. And the seat configuration in the RJs is a bit less crowded since they’re usually 2/2 in economy and 1/2 in business.
Hoping for a smooth flight over the southern Rockies and the desert.
Hotel room under the departure path at Lindbergh Field…$266
Dominos dinner delivered after a hungry day…$34
Watching myself eat my salad with my hands because neither the hotel nor Dominos had cutlery…PRICELESS
Note to self: always carry a spork, preferably the titanium one.
I’m done with picking redeye flights for the sake of saving a few dollars. The circadian disruption is just brutal, leaving me with jet lag even when I’m flying from LA to Seattle.
90 minutes flat from my downtown Beijing hotel to the gate at Capital Airport. I’m chuffed.
Reason #1 to get to the airport at 5:30am for a 7:30am flight: