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Airbus Supersize

June 4th, 2011

Brand new and Huge. LH400 from Frankfurt to New York’s JFK was via Airbus A380-800.

You know a plane is large when there are four (4) different boarding ramps. When row numbers run up to 94. When frankly the departure gates are separate for the business/first class sections and the rest of us mere mortals. Downstairs, below stairs, dungeon we are while rows 1-9 are First Class and 10-18 hold all those self important business passengers. Did I mention that they are upstairs? Penthouse view while we should be glad to have new seats, windows, decent over head bins and individual seat back displays.

The seating is 3-4-3 for most of coach. Lucky me with an isle seat in row 70 which turns out to be the last group to board the plane. Even better wis when you get to polite but insistent oversize people in the other two of your group of three who want to swap your precious isle seat for a window location. Now normally I prefer sitting next to the window. But my bag with camera was already stowed for the flight and there was not way that I was taking a chance on not being able to get out of my seat for the entire flight.

In an amazing turn of luck, the flight was not completely full. Just across the isle and up a row (69G) there was an empty seat which I nabbed just the moment the flight crew shut the doors giving me elbow room which translates to knitting room.

The flight was smooth, the food was barely warm (they are going to have an issue if they don’t properly heat up the food), and the peons had to wait at JFK while the entire upper class departed the plane through the single gangway.

I managed to find the bus to Central Station and a train in the direction of Scarsdale. Of course, it might have helped if I had managed to take along the directions so that I got off at the correct stop or had an easy time with the cell phone. In any case, I wound up at the right location with some small bit of insanity in time to snack, knit, read and crash for the evening after taking a short walk in a lovely neighbourhood.

Knitting

Started Polo II – a sock yarn version of a Hanne Falkenberg Cowl. The multicolor is African Grey (parrot) from Cherry Tree Hill Yarns and the grey is a sport weight from Louet.

Konkylie is a knitted collar/scarf – also a HF which I am knitting out of some sale coned yarn (with double strands as directed on 5.00 mm needles

Audio Books

Beach Lane – Sherryl Woods
Trick of the Light – Rob Thurman

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from Scarsdale, NY

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  1. Isobel
    June 6th, 2011 at 14:32 | #1

    And what are you doing in Scarsdale? Nice place Scarsdale.

  2. Mark
    June 6th, 2011 at 14:33 | #2

    If you would have told me when you were arriving I could have picked you up at JFK and drive you up to Scarsdale. I live 15 minutes from the airport. What is your schedule like this week?

  3. Jan
    June 6th, 2011 at 14:33 | #3

    I generally find business class passengers not to be self important. Just lucky. The Luck that gives me something to strive for. I do find Scarsdale self important. Too much golf.

    I also try to avoid flying any Aerbus. Anything assembled by a committee is an inherently dangerous camel.

  4. Ruth
    June 6th, 2011 at 14:35 | #4

    What are doing in Scarsdale? And…surely it’s not important…but my grand-dad lived there for many years, so I actually went there once. :-)

  5. Alison
    June 6th, 2011 at 14:36 | #5

    Loved your description of the airbus just now!

  6. Ann
    June 6th, 2011 at 23:38 | #6

    What brings you back to the US of A so soon??? You really do get around!

  7. Brad
    June 6th, 2011 at 23:47 | #7

    Back from the Bahamas. Going through withdrawal of drinking things without paper umbrellas in them. :(

  8. Cheryl
    June 8th, 2011 at 03:44 | #8

    You’re retired! Relax and enjoy the adventure! :)

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