1st July - 5.00AM, Eastern Standard Time -Kyneton. Bags packed, passport, tickets, camera.
etc - Check
6.30AM Melbourne Airport. Kiss and hug Tom and Lisa, say goodbyes, check-in,
sit in airline lounge - Check
9.00AM Board plane, find seat - isle…..excellent, smile at person next to me and
quickly understand he's not in the mood for conversation. Place headphones on
head start watching movie. - Check
11.00AM Watch movie
1.00PM Watch movie
2.00PM Eat meal out of plastic tray, drink coffee.....Watch rest of movie
3.00PM Watch movie
5.00PM Lose track of Eastern Standard Time... and movies. Fade to sleep for
3.5minutes until 6'4" man behind me wrenches seat backward again to annoy staff
for more bourbon, as he has done for past 5 hours or so......Watch movie
Something AM - Pacific Time Zone stretch legs, drink coffee.....watch movie
6.30AM- 14.5hrs after take off, arrive LAX, descending through a few hundred
metres of smog to tarmac.
7.30AM - Clear customs and search for airport lounge. Into long queue for security
screening prior to gate.
8.00AM - replace jacket, shoes, watch and patience, collect bags and head for
sanctuary of lounge.
8.05AM - Reliably informed by lounge staff that I have been directed to wrong
terminal and forbidden entry to said lounge.
8.25AM - Walk to 'Terminal 4' enter second queue for security screening at
9.00AM - replace jacket, shoes, watch and patience, collect bags and head for
sanctuary of lounge
9.10AM - arrive at lounge, grab paper cup of coffee and sticky danish thingy and
11.30AM - leave lounge and company of disgruntled English man yelling at his 4
children throwing sticky danish thingy's at each other and head to gate. Grab
airport hamburger….. surprisingly good.
12.00PM - Board American Airlines plane and take seat. Place headphones on
head, start watching movie.
12.10PM - Reliably informed by Captain that our flight will be delayed due to being
re-routed by air traffic control due to bad weather patterns around Chicago. Flight
due to take extra hour.
1.30PM - Ask airline hostess with extremely happy disposition and beaming smile
for a cup of coffee. How do you have it? She asks....Beaming. White please, no
2.00PM - Ask airline hostess with extremely happy disposition and beaming smile
for a cup of coffee. Oh Sir I'm sorry I forgot, I'll get right on that…..
2.40PM - Smile at airline hostess with extremely happy disposition and beaming
smile, thinking it may jog her memory of the coffee thing..... Oh my, how you take it
again Sir? She says. Anyway I can get it at the moment, I think of replying. "White
3.00PM - Airline hostess with extremely happy disposition and beaming smile
arrives with cup of coffee. Black. Mmmm, thanks.
Sometime? - Lose track of timezone again.
9.15PM - Eastern Time Zone - Fly over New York heading for Boston.
9.30PMish - begin circling Boston waiting for permission to land.
9.55PM - Land Boston. Exit plane, through gate and down to collect bag. 26 odd
hours of travel………..
1st July 10.00PM, Eastern Time Zone - See Pete Galbert's familiar and smiling face staring
back at me. Collect bags and jump into Pete's pickup. Head for the hills of
Sterling. Arrive at Pete's and have a couple of well earned beers. Let the journey