November 19, 1009
This trip is starting slow, eh? And today is starting even slower, since we don't fly out till 8 PM!
Dad let me sleep to a miraculous 8:45 AM, and then greeted me with the news that Atlanta's air traffic computers died early this morning. I sometimes give Dad a hard time about the whole "fly down a day early" thing, but he really deserves the credit this time: it's a darn good thing he didn't listen to me and book a flight from Ohio this morning. It would be nerve racking at best and disastrous at worst. Dad's such a sweetheart, he only rubbed it in a little bit.
Even looking out the window of an airport hotel, Miami has a certain appeal to this Ohio girl:
It's a glorious day, sunny and warm, and we have the whole day to kill before going to the airport for our evening flight. If my head cold and sore throat wasn't kicking into high gear, I'd have begged Dad to check our luggage and take me to the beach. As it was, after we had to surrender the room at noon, we just camped out in the lobby like upscale homeless people. The hotel had a business center with Internet computers, so we did a little last minute Christmas shopping on Amazon, lounged on the comfy sofa, napped, knit - started relaxing, in fact.
At 4 PM Dad got us on the airport shuttle and we breezed through security and landed smack in the food court where we ate dinner. At our gate we began making the acquaintance of our fellow Grand Circle travelers, identified by their name badges, GCT-logo-emblazoned carry-ons and jackets, etc. They seem like a nice interesting bunch of folks, though so far I am again the baby.
We're flying on LAN, a Chile-based airline I had never heard of before, and it was really nice. They've retrofitted all the seats with little entertainment screens on the back of the seat in front of you, with a wide selection of movies, TV shows and audio. Also a flight map, which kept Daddy happy! He kept it on almost all the way down. It was a little tight...
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I watched Julie and Julia, then fell asleep for a couple of hours, only to have the flight crew wake us up for breakfast! Bad flight crew!