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Blake by TR

Outbound Flight

Got to the airport with no trouble, save for the fact I got there a full hour before any of the counters even opened. I took the time to wander around my old work location and see what had changed.

Upstairs it was all different. Only two of the people I previously knew were still there. One thing that struck me immediately was that ALL of the white people were gone. I didn’t ask what the cause was for that, but that’s what I saw, its happened both in baggage and passenger.

Got up to the flight departure area and plugged my laptop in to do some work before the flight – to discover it had only 44% battery power. It had been on the charger all night, but apparently I closed it without shutting it off, so it went into hibernation mode instead, and ran the battery more than halfway down on the way to the airport remembering what the startup screen on the computer looked like. I only managed to get it charged about 5% of the way back up before it was time to board.

As I got in the line to board, I was wondering why my ticket was orange and everyone else’s was blue. As I’d made it through screening without a hitch it wasn’t a TSA thing. They started boarding in groups and my ticket didn’t have a group number.

To my surprise, it turned out I has a first class ticket. I have not ridden in first class since 1964, and I’m not kidding about that date either.

I had a glass (a real glass) of orange juice before the steerage masses even shuffled on. It was even served on a really white linen napkin to show off the fact I had it better off than the steerage class.

I got served TWO meals on china plates with real dinnerware (stainless instead of silver, but not plastic except for the knife) and those were on tablecloths. The seat has a built in power jack, a better folding table that comes out of the left armrest and the right armrest has a phone built in. I’ve had about 6 cups of coffee and got a hot towel to wipe off with – yeah rich people do have it better.

Could have used the towel later as it turns out. The plane hit severe turbulence – worse than I’ve ever experienced before. Apparently the crew new it was coming though – they collected everything up before it hit. Even so, it was also memorable as I got to see flying saucers! As well as cups as this was inside the plane.

Hour long wait in Chicago, uneventful and unremarkable.

I board for my second half of this flight in another 7 minutes – and in the time I was here I managed to get about the same amount of charge back into the laptop by plugging in under a water fountain – so I got 45% power again. But that might actually be enough to get through this shorter flight.

As they announced that the flight was getting ready to load, I went over to the ticket taker position only to have about four other people jump in front of me to be closer to the door. When they announced that First Class was now boarding. One of the other chosen ones just pushed through the crowd without an apology and got on the plane. I followed suit and made a point of bumping into all the people who jumped in front of me as I made my way past the underclass to my position of privilege.

Didn’t get to see them go by me though. This was a 757 and the loading point was the dividing line between 1st and 3rd class (3rd class is called “coach”) so I just went forward to my comfy seat and my orange juice.

Good thing I had that nice comfy seat too. Today seemed to be “dog problem day”

Shortly after we boarded, I saw a full grown huskie dog run under the aircraft. That’s not supposed to happen on the parking apron. Apparently their animal restraining techniques don’t work.

Apparently they REALLY don’t work, as another dog that was already on our plane got out of his kennel but not out of the aircraft, and made such a mess we sat on the ground for an hour while they cleaned it up.

Once in the air though, it was the same deal again. Seven cups of coffee, two lunches (a tad late to call it that though) and finally a glass of milk with a big cookie just before the turbulence hit.

I even got a pound of Starbucks coffee on each flight to take home and use later,

I wonder if I got first class coming home?

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mortonfox December 23rd, 2006
I've never flown First Class but I flew Raffles Class once on Singapore Airlines. I thought the bigger seats were nice, and so was the lobster dinner. I don't remember much else of the flight, so I'll have to document it on Livejournal if I get the opportunity to experience that again.

If that's a Windows laptop, it's standby mode that ran the battery down. Hibernate mode uses no power. The difference between the two is standby mode uses a bit of battery power to keep the data in memory, whereas hibernate mode writes the memory image out to disk. I've been using hibernate mode on my desktop computer too because resuming from that mode is faster than booting up.

titanic December 28th, 2006
They come up with all sorts of creative names to avoid calling 2nd & 3rd class what they really are.

"Raffles" class sounds like 2nd, which I've normally heard referred to as Business class.

3rd is coach, economy, tourist, or whatever. Face it, you are flying "steerage"....

c_eagle December 24th, 2006
Does this airline offer 1st class by lottery? Jus curious how someone could get in that section without knowing/paying... :9

Computer error

titanic December 28th, 2006
They let me choose my seats online, and for some reason the entire cabin was available to choose from. I chose seats next to a window and as far forward as I could. In 3/4 of my flight that resulted in my being in first class.

On some flights there IS no first class, the entire cabin is 3rd (I refuse to call it coach) so thats what I thought I was dealing with, especially so close to Christmas.

Outbound I had seats 4A &3A, return I have 2A and 39A. I probably could have gotten an aisle seat in first class for the last leg of that but I didn't know any better.

barona December 26th, 2006
I had 1st class once, coming back from Iraq. It was fantastic. All I had to do was ignore the one stuffed shirt asshole up there that threw occassional glares at me for being some stinky, lowlife blue-collar underdog in desert cammos who dared interfere with his comfy world.

I figured if he was so easily upset, my life was far better than his could ever aspire to be and enjoyed it all the more.

titanic December 28th, 2006
More likely he was a left leaning something or other. I was dressed for the coach seat I thought I was going to get, I really looked out of place for first.

You flew first class in a field uniform?

barona December 28th, 2006
Yeah, it happened to a lot of guys coming back from the sandbox. I got first class from Dallas-Ft. Worth to Denver. Pretty nice. From Denver to Boise they didn't have room in first class but they brought me first class chow.

barona December 28th, 2006
BTW, Happy Birthday! I just read that!

mortonfox December 27th, 2006
Happy birthday!

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