Mar 03, 2014
Mar 24, 2014
What I did
Chinatown, Nob Hill, fisherman's wharf
Fortunately, the flight was uneventful, just long. Due to the storms and strong headwind it took over 6 1/2 hours
. The next stressful event related to the GPS device we rented. I had printed out directions to the hotel but Gwynn thought it would be a good idea to get a GPS so she wouldn't have to be the one to get out and ask directions when we got lost. Trouble was the GPS was giving us the wrong directions. It wanted me to drive into the Bay. It was worse than useless because it kept telling me to turn when I knew it was the wrong way. I almost threw it out the window- it was one of those portable ones with the bean bag weight.
After checking in to the elegant Fairmont Hotel on Nob Hill we headed out to explore the town and eat dinner before the Oscars started ( 3 hours earlier than East Coast). We wandered the very vibrant Chinatown and chose a Pho joint since we'd probably eat a lot of Chinese food in HK.
The morning started out with a bit of stress. Andy dropped us at the airport around 8:10 for an 8:50 flight. Apparently Andy and Gwynn had no idea that we were late until we arrived at the airport and it was a mad house. The line for the skycaps was about 50 deep and the line inside was worse. I ran down to the end of the line. But Gwynn had a better idea. She showed a kind Skycap her broken foot and he took pity on her and she cut the entire line. Andy waved me over and we checked in to the glares of 50 angry New Yorkers looking to get out before the storm. We were lucky that we had just signed up for Global Entry which also entitles us to TSA Precheck. The security line was an hour long and we again walked past the angry mob. When we got to the gate it was already closed. Once again Gwynn played the broken foot card.