Flying gets a bad rap: Delays, mechanical problems, missed connections, screaming kids, bad food, etc. etc. Of course, all of these things are annoyances, and I’d be lying if I said I never griped about any of them.
However, in just 28 hours of travel (door-to-door), I can go from my Singapore Home to my (Parents’) New Jersey Home. These two places are twelve time zones apart – in other words, I literally travel halfway around the world, in just over one day. That’s pretty freakin’ amazing, if you ask me!
13,400 flight miles/28 hours = 478 mph [769 km/hr]
[And that includes driving, stopover, and customs-clearance time!]
And because I don’t always act sufficiently grateful for the miracle of modern travel while I’m moving at almost 500 miles per hour, I’d like to take a moment for a few “Shout-Outs”:
1. Thank You…to the super-friendly (female!) taxi driver, who happened to be coming by our building, just as I stepped out the door. Even at 4:30 AM, I didn’t need to call for a cab!
2. Thank You…to the gentleman at Changi Airport, whose nails were painted like Singapore flags – complete with rhinestone moon and stars. You made me smile at 5 AM.
3. Thank You…to whatever TSA rules permit me to keep my shoes on for security screening outside the US, even if I’m traveling to the US. Don’t ask. I have no idea. But I greatly appreciate the convenience.
4. Thank You…to the super-friendly flight attendant on the Singapore-to-Narita flight. Your loud voice and good humor reminded me of a tall, skinny Santa. And when you turned to another passenger and spoke in fluent Japanese, you reminded me not to make assumptions about Caucasian men (or anyone, for that matter)! [Doubly poignant, because I hate when people make them of me!]
5. Thank You…to all the United Airlines ground staff working to help my fellow passengers make their tight connections in Narita. I had enough time, but I know many were stressed about missing their flights and definitely appreciated your escort to the gate.
6. Thank You…to the Maintenance Crew who quickly sorted out the mechanical issue on the Narita-to-Newark plane, so that our take-off wasn’t too delayed.
7. Thank You…to United for your eclectic collection of in-flight movies, so I could watch a movie (or two) that I’ve wanted to see, but haven’t wanted to spend time or money to see in “real life”. On today’s flights, I watched Dreamgirls and Jack Reacher.
8. Thank You…to the adorable kiddo seated next to me on the Narita-to-Newark flight. You had some high-pitched vocalizations at times, but you were generally well-behaved, you slept quite a bit, and you were 100% adorable (being Thai/Caucasian mixed didn’t hurt much, either 😉 ).
9. Thank You …to myself, for remembering to pack lots of snacks from home. Excellent for whenever I got hungry mid-flight.
10. Thank You…to my parents, for braving rush hour traffic to come fetch me from the airport. Love them so much!
And now, if you’ll all excuse me, I’m going to open the windows all the way and lie here, enjoying the cool breeze and haze-free air. And in the morning, I’ll actually try to post about running!
Who would you like to thank today? (or yesterday?)