Back in Ottawa after a whirlwind week in Mountain View. Summary of the return trip: Chicago airport is as insane on Saturdays as Fridays, so that’s right out now. All future trips will avoid ORD if possible. Luggage: lost (at ORD, natch), but it managed to catch a later flight and get a cab home within 24hrs. McDonald’s: as foul as I remember it being, particularly when you’re trying to juggle a full Quarter Pounder combo while hauling carry-on and trying to find a seat somewhere near the correct gate. WiFi: always too expensive. 4 hour layover: not bad considering that the Ottawa flight that was supposed to leave 3 hours before mine ended up leaving at basically the same time. Could have been worse. Random rumour has it that there will (someday) be a direct Ottawa > San Jose flight. That would seriously, seriously rule, but I’m not holding my breath.
Left Ottawa at some ungodly hour this morning (4:30a) and after a quick pitstop in Detroit am now in (not so) sunny Seattle. A few notes:
- Flying on Sundays is utterly humane compared to Mondays. Both flights were on time, and the first was 1/3rd empty.
- Detroit’s airport is much nicer than Chicago’s. This may be because it was 7:00a on a Sunday and basically empty, and Detroit has a much trippier tunnel between terminals.
- Sleeping on airplanes only barely counts as sleep if you’re stuck in the aisle seat.
- People in Seattle are really nice.
- This hotel has duckies.
I’m only here for a conference tomorrow then off to Mountain View for the rest of the week. I will be offline all of Monday, but will be back Tuesday (albeit in the wrong timezone). Flying back Saturday morning, although through Chicago with (for some stupid reason) a 4.5 hour layover. Not quite sure how I let that happen.