Friday, April 17, 2009

In Dulles, part 2 of 4

I got here in Dulles right on time, although there was a very wimpy jetstream wind behind us. We arrived a little late, but that was due to not having the usual push. I watched two movies, which were really wonderful to help pass the time: Yes Man (with Jim Carrey) and An Unfinished Life with Robert Redford and Morgan Freeman. By the time I was finished with those two, it was almost time to land.

What blew my mind is how much I enjoyed the Jim Carrey movie. I would never have watched it on my own, but now I feel differently. It was funny, sensitive, and enjoyable. I would not hesitate to watch another Carrey movie. I had already seen the other one, but I enjoyed it also. And my two seat mates were interesting and friendly (and not huge).

I arrived here at Dulles and wandered around for awhile wondering how to connect. (Seattle connection sucks, BTW; I spent an hour trying to connect to ATT&T while paying them $7, but it never happened so I gave up). Then I saw the United Red Carpet Room with a sign outside, saying, "Sign up for a Day Pass." So I went in and found that I could use 7,000 miles (or $50) for a 24-hour day pass, including connectivity and food (not to mention a nice safer feeling venue). It will also work for Zurich's two-hour layover, so I did it, and here I am.

I have had my evening Cabernet, although it's really only 1:30pm in Bellingham. I have another half hour here, then I leave for Zurich. My fellow traveler from Denver (my ex-boss Mickey) may or may not make the connection, since the snow in Denver delayed his flight for an hour. But I will be met at the Alexander the Great with or without him!

Check out Linda Collison's blog, as she's also live blogging from Amsterdam on her trip with Bob! This is fun, at least so far! It's only early afternoon in Bellingham, but I still have two long legs to go...


  1. Hope the next leg of your journey goes well DJan. I'm following your travels...

    Now I'll take a look at Linda Collison's Blog.

    Blessings, Star

  2. Well, Jim Carrey has definitely done some dumb movies, but it sounds like I'll have to check out Yes Man. My favorite of his isn't a comedy at all. It's called Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. At the moment, Wikipedia says it "uses elements of science fiction and neosurrealism to explore the nature of memory and love," which is a pretty good description. Check it out sometime when you're in the mood for something strange and thought-provoking.

    I sure hope those last two long legs of travel are going well!

  3. Thanks for the comment, Buz. I'm still trying to get to sleep, it's 9:00 pm here in Skopje, and I can't get myself to lie down, although I don't really feel connected to the planet. I have that Jim Carrey movie you mentioned in my Netflix queue, but kept moving it down because it was by him, and now I'll move it back up and let you know what I think!


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