10 August 2013

When life hands you lemons...

Swap them for some limes and tequila and have a Margarita.  

It helps to stay flexible and keep your options open.  As I sit here in the United lounge in TOKYO nursing a big vodka tonic, I ponder how much of a sense of humor one must have when traveling.  And, yes, I said Tokyo.  Turns out that our flight was going to be delayed by almost 1.5 hours which means we would have missed our connection in Hawaii.  Now, my travel strategy has always been, if I am going to get stuck somewhere while traveling, I want it to be in a nice location. And being stuck in Hawaii didn't seem like a bad option, but it would mess up our agenda, so we hit up the ticker agent and found an alternate route that took us through Japan.  Longer flight, fewer plane changes.  Did get my business seat on the long haul, but it looks like I am flying steerage on the hop to Hong  Kong.  Only 4 hours - I think i can handle that.  Flight over was loooong.  12.5 hours in one sitting.  Granted, we were in those plush first/business class pods, but try sitting on your assets for that length of time and not feel like a slug.  I did knock out a number of movies and a few more chapters of my favorite novel (an exciting story about a woman named Nelda).  

Let's see, the ones I knocked out were:  Iron Man 3, Oblivion (meh), Cloud Atlas (long), The Great and Powerful Oz, Bullet to the Head (gag), not to mention a few more episodes of Game of Thrones.  

My watch tells me it is 3:30 in the afternoon here, but my internal clock says is is 1:30 in the morning.  Long day and we still have another 4-5 hours to go.  

Time for another refill before we have to board the plane.  



ShadowRun300 said...

Even I may have downed a vodka after a trip like that.
I'm so used to standing hours on end, that to sit for 12 hours would be torture for me - even with lots of books to read. (Happy to hear you're finally getting the chance to read L.J.'s book!)
Hope your 4 hours in the steerage seats (?) were manageable. Looking forward to hearing about the rest of your trip!

Abby said...

Twelve hours. Don't think I could do it. Seriously, I'd rather run 12 miles. Keep those "lemonades" handy!

terri said...

Travel always sounds so exciting until I read stuff like you've described here.

Margaritas. Good solution!