American Airlines: The Story of How many Thousands of Men and Women Have Recovered from Air Travel
Step 1: Admit that you are powerless over weather and the will of air traffic control
Step 2: Make a searching and fearless moral inventory of your belongings (making sure that none of your carry on liquids exceed 3.5 ounces)
Step 3: Come to find that a nap on an uncomfortable cot in JFK terminal B does little to restore your sanity from a 7 hour sit on a grounded airplane
Step 4: Decide where exactly the airline agent can shove the $10 meal voucher you were given at 1:00 am when there is absolutely nowhere you can use it
Step 5: Discover how many different and equally annoying ringtones some guy traveling to the Dominican Republic has on his cell phone
Step 6: Reach an understanding with TSA agents about the importance of having photo equipment hand checked
Step 7: Decide whether it is worth putting belt and shoes back on, knowing that every security checkpoint requires their removal
Step 8: Board second plane with crossed fingers and empty stomach
Step 9: Maintain your focus as a promising kosher meal on the tray table of the person to your right mocks you as you choke down a cold American Airlines ham sandwich with a side of M&M’s
Step 10: Establish a good report with your less-than-friendly customs official
Step 11: Figure out what a country code is
Step 12: Accept the fact that in order to place a payphone call you must make change (a mere $7 fee from the exchange service)
After a longer than expected trip, I have arrived in the UK.
Culture shock #1- riding as a passenger on what should be the driver’s side of the car, and needing to cross a lane of oncoming traffic to make a right turn. This and the unbelievably narrow roads made for a pretty intense butt pucker… my ass was clenched so tight that I’m pretty certain that circulation was cut to my legs.
Regaining proper bloodflow I started my first day of work. Over the next couple months I will be working on benchmark testing substrates and print systems and keeping everyone updated on my goings on.
Enjoying the UK
But I do miss PA (for obvious reasons of course).