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Oct. 12th, 2008 | 12:20 am
mood: nerdyMy next real flight is 11/17
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Actually, don't answer that.

Lately I've been lamenting the combination of factors that lead me to miss lots of fun-sounding local events and festivals. Like the World Beer Fest, because I wasn't motivated to chip $40 out of my budget for tickets and didn't make an effort to find people to accompany me. Or this modernist home tour in Hillsborough last weekend that I was too disorganized and buried in work to get tickets for. Etc. But I finally got off my duff and went to something fun (and free!) today with Tyler: the open house for the new terminal at RDU.

I had expected it to be a smallish event populated mostly by aviation geeks like me, but it turned out to be very crowded; lots of families and old folks and people who like free samples. :) I did not partake in that latter as I'd just been to IHOP, but I still really enjoyed the event. It was also really well-organized; they gave us free parking and fun brochures, and had employees everywhere to answer our stupid questions. Have some photos:





Curbside with the balloon arch



Gotta love that ceiling



Ticket counters



View from the landside wall of windows



Kiosk photo op! I need a haircut.



Tyler with the kiosk. I'm the only one actually excited about this; I forced him to take this photo. :)



Instead of TSA goons, various animal characters were on hand to greet us. Remind me to ask Obama if Curious George can be the next Homeland Security Secretary.



Borders with no books! I assume this will be fixed before the official opening.



Future restaurant



Sample gate area. The seats are decently comfortable and there are power outlets liberally sprinkled throughout. :)





Surprisingly, it was just as busy as a regular airport, except with no flights.



Amurr'ca! In int'l arrivals.



Glass art in the int'l arrivals corridor





There are more photos on Tyler's phone, which we used after my phone battery died. So, whenever he sends them to me, I'll bore you some more with great aunt-like slideshows of the airport. :) For now, gotta sleep!

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Mark

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from: mahka42
date: Oct. 12th, 2008 09:32 am (UTC)
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oo, pretty! though it's funny that no matter how modern and well-designed airports are, they still look like airports, even if you took out all the gate signs. :-p

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jonathan

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from: silverthief2
date: Oct. 12th, 2008 05:17 pm (UTC)
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It's a niche in architecture, apparently. I'm just glad they've stuck some decent food options in this one.

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DaveSteve

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from: ashfault76
date: Oct. 12th, 2008 01:03 pm (UTC)
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cool pictures! Seeing those prompted me to look up and see if the new IND airport (not just a new terminal - they're completely replacing the entire thing, except for the runways obviously) is doing something like that too. and it turns out they are! unfortunately, the IND open house is/was today and yesterday, and you had to pre-register for it. D'OH!
Oh well, i guess I'll just have to wait and see it next time I fly out - and I'll have to miss out on the tour of the behind-the-scenes baggage handling area.

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jonathan

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from: silverthief2
date: Oct. 12th, 2008 05:13 pm (UTC)
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Yes, IND is one of a slew of airports opening new terminals this fall. Hope it's nice! Sadly there was no baggage handling tour attached to this event, because I would have enjoyed that.

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Mike

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from: akishmo
date: Oct. 12th, 2008 05:03 pm (UTC)
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Kinda looks like inside Boise's airport

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jonathan

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from: silverthief2
date: Oct. 12th, 2008 05:19 pm (UTC)
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Indeed!

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mark

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from: kishenehn
date: Oct. 12th, 2008 05:43 pm (UTC)
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Very shiny! That would have been my idea of a good day, too.

I'm not sure why, but the place reminds me just a little of the new "A" concourse at SeaTac.

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jonathan

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from: silverthief2
date: Oct. 12th, 2008 07:00 pm (UTC)
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It was quite a good day, to see the debut of a major new piece of transport infrastructure. It'll turn out to be an even better day if I win the drawings I entered (for 25,000 frequent flyer miles or a month's worth of free airport parking!).

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parking

from: ext_127667
date: Oct. 13th, 2008 05:03 pm (UTC)
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So when you say it was "free" to visit, how much did you pay for parking? One hopes they made that free as well, since there's no easy way to visit on bike or on foot.

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jonathan

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from: silverthief2
date: Oct. 13th, 2008 05:32 pm (UTC)
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Parking was actually free! Volunteers handed out a parking voucher upon entry.

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