Wed Jul 19 04:24:00 2000: OLS day 0
London Heathrow -> Boston -> Ottawa
Not only am I jetlagged, I'm turboproplagged.
If like me you've only ever been on big planes, here are
you may find useful about small ones.
1) they're small. On the Saab 340, for example, each
row has seats denoted A, B, C -
almost a 70% chance of getting a window seat. Even in the
you at least get an aisle seat. Rows are numbered 3-14. Go
2) they're noisy. After some half an hour zipping around
waiting for the weather to clear, the pilot eventually got
to leave, pointed the nose down the runway and whacked the
open. Or whatever it is that pilots do, anyway. Shortly
came the usual
which most regular flyers sleep through (I don't care. I
it's neat), and after that the road noise did _not_ go away.
Ah. Looks like that was engine noise then, not road
3) they're slow. This is actually good because you stay
at a low enough height to be able to see some scenery; not
with an airbus 300
4) they've no seat back tv. yay! where _do_ AA get the
for seatback viewing? it's so bland and inoffensive as to
completely unpalatable - actually, now I think of it, so is
We were late out of Boston due to the weather, which was
highly charged. Small planes have this feature in common
planes: their pilots are no more willing or able to take off
electrical storms with quantities of falling water which
writers to start talking about dancing raindrops. They
dancing. Just coming out of the sky, hitting the ground and
Can an aeroplane aquaplane? What happens?
After we did get off the ground we found that we were in
the middle of
a glorious sunny summer evening, for most of the flight.
plane began final approach and we found out that everyone
living here is _below_ the cloud layer. Seems odd when it's
nicer above, but they probably have reasons. I'm only
do I know?
Nobody in airport security, customs or immigration at any
airports I've been though bothered asking to see my laptop.
that I flattened its battery before landing at Boston, this
may not be
such a bad thing. Canadian immigration officers are however
friendly and will talk to you for ages, given half a
chance. At 1:02
Dan Standard Time I had a difficult time excplaining what I
in Ottawa without using any form of words that could be
"I'm going to meet a bunch of people that I know from the
Arrived. Found hotel, etc. Slept.