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Jun. 18th, 2008 | 06:20 pm
mood: hotBack to NC temps
music: O hay The Beatles

Boston, Part 1.

I'll try to keep this relatively brief, but you know me. This trip report will probably not be completed until my next trip. *dies of wordiness*

On June 11, I left work at 11:00 a.m. and drove to Richmond for my flights to Boston, stopping only for food and gas.


I think that's good?



They haven't finished paying for the signage yet.




The RIC-DTW flight was relatively on time but very hot. Our sole Pinnacle flight attendant was prepared, though, and literally walked up and down the aisle fanning us with the safety card until takeoff. After our short flight, I claimed my gate checked bag and ran off to my connecting flight, which was cancelled. Lovely. After hashing it out with a phone agent and then an IRL customer service person, I was booked on the next flight and given $10 for dinner, 1000 miles, and a $25 coupon for a future flight. Armed with these, I got a teriyaki sub and Sierra Mist for dinner and sat down to wait for the new flight while listening to NW employees all around me talk about their impressions of the impending Delta merger. I also called Sam to update him on my arrival.


I didn't break any laws by climbing on to the airport ceiling to take this photo. I promise.




After trying and failing to ignore CNN news projected on to giant screens, we boarded our DC-9 and got to Boston. I was tired and in a middle seat, but had hilarious rowmates to keep me amused. Sitting in the aisle was a woman who had just returned from vacation, and her husband was in the aisle seat across from her. Their conversations throughout the flight were basically a comedy routine, including caressing the beverage cart when it passed by and collecting the trash of every person in our row and the row in front of us in a gallon-size Ziploc bag to pass the time. They must have the most fun marriage in history. I fled Terminal E once I'd deplaned and got a taxi to Sam's house. Despite being ill, he came out to let me in and then I crashed.

On June 12 I slept in a bit and awaited Emily's arrival in Boston. Once she came on the scene and Sam roused himself for a half day of work, we left the apartment together and walked Sam part of the way to work before going our own way to pick up a few groceries (and it was great to have snacks of apples, yogurt, and cranberry juice to make up for the very indulgent meals I had on this trip) and then to the New England Aquarium!


Penguins!



Myrtle the 600-pound turtle



I <3 fishes.



They clean the insides of the glass with cut-up hotel key cards. Really.



Emily is now a proud member.




After our adventures, we convened back at Sam and Corrine's house with them and Adam A. (another Boston summer intern) and ordered dinner from a Thai/Chinese/Japanese restaurant and pigged out. Later in the evening, Adam E. and Corrine's friend Lauren also came over and we chilled, with Adam E.'s fabulous playlist as the soundtrack. And I will continue chronicling from there!

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from: kishenehn
date: Jun. 19th, 2008 02:31 pm (UTC)
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Good travelogue! Despite the awfulness of the flights, of course. Flying Pinnacle is one of the worst things ever!

I do like DTW, though ... definitely among my favorite domestic airports. Love that semi-psychedelic tunnel between the terminal buildings.

Now, continue!

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from: silverthief2
date: Jun. 19th, 2008 02:45 pm (UTC)
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I'm home from work today, so I'll keep on going with the travelogue!

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