I'm arrived; made it intact and with reasonably little loss of dignity or sanity. The most disappointing aspect of the flight was they didn't have the little seat-back screens, so you could either watch the disappointing movie they showed everyone, or read a book, or try to airline-sleep, which is like real sleep except it doesn't make you any less tired. For some reason there was what looked like a theme going, of movies starring Owen Wilson. After seeing several of them, I'm still not exactly sure who he is, although I don't mind him, certainly.
The real annoyance came from the Chicago-to-Newark leg, which earned an indefinite delay. Why? ``Routing problems,'' they announced, four minutes before they began boarding, which they weren't going to delay. What? Well, for mysterious reasons they didn't deign to tell us, they would have to take off about two hours late, but they were going to close the doors and leave the gate as scheduled. Huh? Well, this way if there were an early opening they'd be able to take off right away. And the only down side? The nearly full plane sitting on the runway somewhere in O'Hare for who knows how long. As it happened we got to leave after only (``only,'' he said) an hour and fifteen minutes. To mollify the passengers they served drinks, snacks, allowed people to view the cockpit -- with an attempted joke that it'd be ``only forty dollars per person,'' a quip I hope the co-pilot still feels embarrassed for making -- and showed much of Starsky and Hutch (they finished it during the flight), a movie which to my surprise I didn't hate. In fact, I kind of liked it, I think because of Owen Wilson, but it seems pretty new to be an airline movie.
The problem at Newark was left unexplained, except for a cryptic comment that they had only one runway open. Why? No sense telling us; better to just imagine reasons why only one runway at Newark would be open. It turned out the problem was heavy rains that slunk through the state mid-afternoon. Why couldn't they just say that? I don't know; maybe they thought we'd find it too dull to believe.
I got home, showered, went to bed, and got up 16 hours later, still tired.
Trivia: The modern pattern of naming objects on the Moon was created by Jesuit Father Joannes Riccioli of Bologne in 1651. Source: The Challenge of the Spaceship, Arthur C Clarke.
Currently Reading: Keystone: The Life and Clowns of Mack Sennett, Simon Louvish.