DAY ONE PT2:
So here we are in sunny (partly sunny) San Diego. My birthplace. The place where my parents reside, and the home of the fish taco, WHICH WE will have several of while WE'RE here. Both Dan and I are pretty relaxed and very excited about being home.
As for the flight, it was long, onerous, and an hour shorter than I expected. I somehow psyched myself into believing that the flight was four hours long when it's actually three. So right about the time I was telling my Son that we had one more hour to go, he was replying "uh, no. The flight is only three hours!" to which I let out a loud YIPPIE, which caused the Air Marshal to come over to my seat. It was just like that scene in Anger Management when Adam Sandler is being misunderstood by the flight attendant and that Air Marshal came over to take him to the back of the plane. The one thing that bothered me was how many people, mostly kids were coughing and not covering their mouths. Parents were sitting next to presumably their own child watching them hack and cough and sneeze and not once telling them to cover their mouths. It's not like we didn't just go through a swine flu pandemic!
The flight itself was smooth and very comfortable. We somehow lucked out and got seats in the "Economy Plus" section with its front of the plane proximity and the extra five inches of leg room. It really made a difference for this 6'2" man! Dan and I didn't eat on the flight as the food cost an arm and a leg and a spleen! So we just took our complementary Soda Pops and sat quietly. The did offer a movie, The Invention Of Lying with Ricky Gervais. If you get a chance to rent the DVD do so. It's hilarious. They also ran an episode of televisions 30 Rock, which was very funny. I might have to start watching that when I get back. I also had a lap top with some DVD's but never got to them. But the one thing about the flight that I was proud of was the fact that I did not freakout one bit during it. AND I WAS IN THE MIDDLE SEAT! Nope, I kept my cool, looked out the window some, got up a couple of times to stretch my legs, had a run in with one of the female flight attendants (over my wings, but all in good fun). Just before we began our final decent I saw a flight attendant give two young boys some wings (badge) and I asked for a badge too since I had successfully completed the flight without wetting my pants. Well, after the one female flight attendant teased me about being a baby AND a man, she finally gave me my wings, and I proudly display them here and now...