San Jose

Trip Start Aug 08, 2002
Trip End Feb 01, 2004

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Friday, February 28, 2003

To give you some idea of the competition between Australia and NZ is a children's t-shirt I spotted which said:

"When I grew up my dad says I can do anything I want... except play for Australia."

Anyway, I'm on my way back, but it was a pain in the rear flying. To start with I've noticed this strange system the Kiwis and Aussies use for showing flight times, I was panicked when I arrived at Auckland International and checked the departures board - which was due to leave at 9:00am. It wasn't listed at 9, but 8:35, even though we didn't actually start boarding until after that!

Then I get to Sydney and look for my 15:50 flight, and find it's down as 17:00. This, it turns out, is because it was delayed (eventually being pushed back to 17:30), but normally we leave it listed as 15:50, then put a note saying delayed until whenever. Mind you, practically every other flight out of Sydney was delayed.

At Sydney airport I was impressed to see you could buy, amongst other things, beef jerky, but not just beef, also Kangaroo, Emu and Crocodile jerky too! I also overheard somebody being offered a free massage, now that would have a completely different meaning not too far away in Asia.

Bloody airport announcements, which were flying about like you wouldn't imagine, damn near drove me crazy; it wasn't the messages, just the long Bing-Bing-Bing-Bing that accompanied the annoucement.

Then on the plane I seemed to be in the exact spot where the the fatest people on the plane decided to try and pass each other in the isle and batter me about with their fat backsides.

Another thing that unnerved me was when the pilot starting mentioning to the crew, over the PA, that they should Arm/Disarm the doors, not terminology that I think they should use on aircraft given the still jumpy nature of it.

Mind you, when I landed at LA, at 12:00pm instead of 10:15, I had another flight to catch at 1:25, not too bad you might think, except that I had to get through US immigration, then US customs, then get to the terminal that was furthest away, use folks, it took me until 1:25 just to get to the check-in desk! Bleedin' US paranoia. I don't want to stay, or steal your jobs, just let me in!
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