Boston, where it all began, is where we begin
04.08.2013 - 04.08.2013 77 °F
Bruce and the girls were in Boston today and yesterday for a reunion of the families who had gone to Anhui province in 2003 from the Boston area to pick up their daughters. Hayley was in the group and the Prestons have been to a few of those reunions before. From the pictures Bruce has been posting, it looks like a lovely time is being had by all. But Monday morning, the real fun begins!
I am gearing myself up for a real air traveler's feast over the next 20 days. It began in my familiar home airfield of Lambert International airport. I had to leave right after church, so I blitzed through security and proceeded to the CPK express for a "cup" of tortilla soup.
I wasn't a third of the way through when my flight was called. I think I will learn a lot about modern air travel in this little excursion. I have always loved flying Southwest. Would it still be one of the more enjoyable flying experiences? They made a reputation based on wit, personality, and a humane approach to no-frills transportation. But how would a joyous snack of peanuts and coke do in a world of technology and slow economic growth?
SWA now has WiFi in many of their aircraft. Their plan is to pretty much equip the fleet. I decided to try it out. It's 8 bucks for the flight. So, for much of the 2 hours and 45 minutes of my STL to BOS flight, I was able to iMessage my wife, email some data, check on my reservations, and watch a simulated version of today's Cardinals game. The last 30 minutes I was pretty much frozen. I suspect that many others logged in when they had finished their LUV snacks. Something SWA is going to have to address. It's early in the game, but I think future versions of inflight online services will solve these issues.
I know. I also question whether there shouldn't be some time when one isn't hooked in to technology. I still saw plenty of people listening to music or audiobooks, watching video or reading e-books, and other interactions. For many, flying is an interruption in their lives that has them trapped in a metal tube with strangers, out of touch with events transpiring while they are isolated at 39,000 feet. I'm looking at a 14+ hour flight to Seoul tomorrow. Besides catching a few ZZZs, I would like to perhaps do some blogging, check out some more details for our pre-PRC part of the trip (we are guideless for that) and see how my Cards do Monday night against the resurgent LA Dodgers. Surprisingly, it's unclear that Korean Air has inflight internet. That surprises me. They have a reputation for technology and service. Unfortunately, it appears they had an early version of inflight internet in the early 2000s. I think they may have taken a bath on it. I'm pretty sure American has it for our return flight over the Pacific. It will be interesting to compare it to my SWA experience.
For now, I want to try to begin to get myself onto Asian time schedule, which is generally 13-14 hours ahead of us. So for now, I'm going to wrap things up here at the Four Points Sheraton Logan.
Tomorrow will begin a day of airports, air flight, ending at the Hotel PJ in Seoul!