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September 19th, 2004

beach, outside

in flight (sunday)

The Continental wing of the RDU airport is suicidally depressing place at 10:00 am on Sunday morning, but I really don't know why.

Also completely unexpected was the length of the flight from Newark to Seattle. It was made even more agonizing when a nice lady gave her window seat to a child and took mine. Because I was too slow to figure out that if that lady was so nice, she would've taken the middle seat instead of pretending that she was actually booked for my seat, the "easiest solution" was for me to take the kid's middle seat crammed behind some guy (the father) who insisted on being fully reclined for most of the flight. I tried not to be childishly angry about the whole situation, but it took a while. I know that complaining about air transit is completely r-e-t-a-r-d-e-d, but I will continue since I'm stuck in the air with nothing else to do.

The next even better part of the flight was contemplating the genius of deciding to show The Day After Tomorrow on a commercial cross-country flight. While there aren't any airline disasters in the film, environmental collapse isn't exactly the best in flight mood enhancer. On top of that, the movie is probably the worst thing I've seen in a long time. I don't even think it's SOBIG. Almost every scene was ridiculous in concept, if not execution. The wolves? Completely unnecessary cancer patient? Walking from DC to NYC? The idiocy of making people outrunning the weather seem dramatic?

No, none of these annoyed me most. As far as I'm concerned, the stupidest part was the book burning as a source of heat. Yes, they were stuck in a library, but I have a feeling that the New York Public Library has better burnable substances. Such as, for instance wood from chairs, tables, and bookshelves? Secondary was the part where the librarian tries to educate members of the academic decathalon team on the non-book-burning upfalls of the printed word. I really can't believe how much I hated this movie. When it was released, I decided not to see it, but the many hours of flying with sparse other entertainment options tricked me into watching it.

This irate rant brought to you by this flight being insanely hot. Bring on the climate change.

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The rest of the day finished with hearing that my mom had to kill our dog last week and me falling asleep during the emmy awards.