|Sunrise over IAH|
I should call this 'position, position,' but it lacks a certain ring.
Today's the day, we're headed out. But before we can jump right into the thick of it with our Qatar itinerary, we have to get to Boston. I'm starting in Houston, and my friend who's going with me as far as CMB is making his way from DCA. I started my day early this morning with a 5:30 am Uber to the airport from the downtown hotel I've been staying at for the past few days. I got there in plenty of time and had breakfast at the Centurion lounge in terminal D. The usual.
I do have a tiny story to tell though. Remember when I said I took one of my Seattle layovers to sign up for CLEAR? Well, I did it in part because I knew I'd be spending some quality time with the IAH airport this summer, and they have their kiosks at each terminal except the international terminal D, of course. So I decided for the novelty of trying it out, and also because D doesn't even have PreCheck, and I've gotten burned by long lines there before, I'd go to A, check in with American, then take the train over to D.
With all that in mind, I was a little annoyed that when I went up to the CLEAR kiosks, the attendant there told me that those particular ones 'weren't open yet,' and that it was a long walk to the ones that were open. Okay, but this isn't a large terminal, so how far could they be? And if those weren't operational, why was CLEAR paying all that money to have someone standing there telling people so? So I still haven't been able to use my membership yet, and I'm glad the trial didn't cost much.
So, that story over with, I'm currently sitting in the Admiral's Club lounge at CLT before my next flight. It's not a bad lounge, although it hasn't been renovated to the new AA 'look' just yet. CLT is a legacy US Air hub, and so this was historically one of their spaces. It still retains some of the old character- the dark wood and frosted glass. Even though they don't offer a Flagship Lounge here, I don't mind it. It has some great views of airport ops and the taxiways, and the proximity of the nearby gates is fun- you're up close and personal with the planes.
Lounges are strange places at times. It takes all kinds, and you never know what you'll encounter. Currently I'm about 20 feet away from a guy who I (seriously hope) is a doctor who has decided that appropriate behavior is to use his noise cancelling headphones to take a phone call in which he is explaining medical procedures and histories in detail. Dude, seriously? I also just heard the phrase "you're not supposed to know I have this information" followed by laughter. Wow.