|Six pretty birds, all in a row...|
Rolled into the WallyPark garage a couple hours ago to a scene of light chaos. I booked a discount stay for Mrs. CruisingAltitude’s car for the duration, and just assumed due to the great last minute price that the place must be empty. Whelp…no, as it turns out. Pulled in and found out ‘they’re full.’
Onwards to LAX we go. In the shuttle, in the traffic. Now, as you probably may not be entirely painfully aware, LAX is undergoing about a decade of renovations and construction. And unlike most of what’s said around here, this isn’t all that much of an exaggeration. This leads to chronic congestion of traffic through the terminals, and I’d assume, many missed flights. As the other occupants on my shuttle put it “this is like… Mumbai traffic” and I’m pretty sure they were even from there, so yeah….
|Mine. All mine.|
He did (eventually), and I will say that aside from this bit of disbelief, the actual process of getting a boarding pass for Havana was pretty easy. A perfunctory question about what category I was traveling under, and instructions to get my boarding pass stamped in Miami and I was on my way!
As per always, the next stop before a successful mileage run is the club of the day. As Havana is considered “Carribbean” it doesn’t qualify for ‘international’ status for lounge access. I really think an exception is due here. Anyone who jumps through the hoops to go to Cuba in this day and age really is going to consider it an INTERNATIONAL trip. I’m pretty sure I’d feel more at ‘home’ in Jakarta at this point….and you all know how I feel about that place.
|Selfies with idols en-route to T5|
Speaking of T5, my slightly delayed flight left from there this afternoon and why did no one tell me they opened a Lemonade restaurant there?!? That’s ALMOST worth paying airport food prices for….almost. So far, so good on the flight currently. No pre-departure beverage to speak of though, which is every nit-picky traveler’s pet peeve. Now, just looking forward to dinner & hopefully a smooth touch down in Seattle. After that I’ve got a 5-ish hour layover to contend with, part of which I plan to spend trying to sign up for the newest TSA-avoidance gimmick “Clear.” I’ve done the online part, and now just have to show up in person at the enrollment center, as long as it’s still open when I get there. I’ll let you know….