Trip III: From Departures Dropoff to Boarding

Goodbye Tampa

November 22, 2015

It’s like Christmas morning. The alarm goes off and you are AWAKE. Down half a protein drink and GO!! Saying goodbye to your bear is the hardest part, but there’s too much hustle and bustle to linger. Time to check in. Wait in line, interface with boarding pass machine, hand off your luggage, and off to security! Wee! Whip out the liquid bag, dump the sweater, and slide out of lace-less shoes. Silently freak out as you have to step away from your precious worldly possessions in order to have another machine digitally remove your clothes so somebody can make sure you’re proper. You don’t actually care about nekkid scans, but you do care about losing visual contact with your precious Backpack of Holding. Done, grab stuff, slip on shoes, and noooooooooooooooow, you have a solid couple of hours to spend with a giant chamber filled with chairs and gate numbers and about a thousand watts of nervous energy. Get walking.

You’re in My Seat

December 1, 2015

This was on the TPA to IAH flight. Most people were already aboard, and I was a little surprised to see my seat filled up by someone who was not me. I did a careful study of my boarding pass, looking from boarding pass to seat. And then made some distinct “Hmm” sounds. Anyway, I eventually got her to look more carefully at her own boarding pass, which told the tale of sitting across the aisle, in the middle of the row. Hm.

Anyway, oddly enough someone was sitting in my seat on the IAH to TPA flight on the way back. Does this happen all the time? Is this a thing? Sure, you carefully strategize and choose your seat online, but come boarding time it’s a free for all? If anybody knows, let me know.

Lounge Access

December 8, 2015

With my seat upgrade to Premium Economy, I got the added perk of airport lounge access.

I didn’t realize the deal with this before, but I learned that there is decent food and many beverages, including alcoholic beverages, for free. And you get cushy chairs to sit back and widdle away the time. With $1.29 bananas for sale at airport kiosks,

it’s kind of nice to have anything for free. The food was of a Hampton Inn free breakfast sort. Some fruit, oatmeal in a crockpot thingy (nice fixin’s on the side), toast, pound cake, stuff like that. ‘sokay I guess. You can get nice coffee and juice. All the alcohol is at the bar, most of it free. The cushy chair zone near the food was crowded, so I went over to the cafe table seating by the bar. The cushy chairs had a very used, in need of minor repair, kind of look that ruined the whole airport heaven feel for me anyway.

They have showers, which would have been awesome if I had just arrived to or from Japan, but not right now. At least there was decent wifi. And more than a few people enjoying the bar.

To give them the benefit of the doubt, they could have been coming from a late time zone…

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