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22 October 2005

Come Fly With Me - High Point Oct 2005 (Part 2)

Plane 4 - Los Angeles to Detroit - Boeing 757-200
By far, the most grueling sector of my entire itinerary. It was a red-eye flight.  Departure was 12:15 midnight and arrival at 7:15am. It was just a 4-hour flight but because I was flying ahead in time zones, I practically spend the entire night in the air.

With my legs permanently in a L-shape position, my knee (Ang Moh one) joints ached so bad that it kept me up the entire "night". Sigh... one of my 3 physical weaknesses as a result of sports injuries(?). The other being the ankles and my left rotator cuff.

One thing I realised about Business Class and US Domestic First Class is that the pitch of the seat recline and the width of the seating is overrated as far as the asian bodyframe is concerned. I am not saying that they are totally useless as there is no reason to reject it when offered. What I am trying to say is that if in the event that you need to do a trade off, I would gladly sacrifice any of them for a leg rest. When you are able to have your legs stretched out, you are guaranteed to have a comfortable ride. Most of the time when we traveled in Economy Class, it is not the lack of recline, nor the crampness of the row, but more likely the actual suffering is when your legs are being immobilised in that dreadful L-position for hours on end.

Plane 5 - Detroit to Greensboro - McDonnell Douglas DC9-50
The planes get smaller and smaller as your next stop get more and more ulu. Smaller planes means that the seating is more cramp but it also mean that the flight time is shorter which as a result isn't too bad actually. Anyway, this DC9 is an interesting plane as this is the only passenger plane that I have boarded that can actually reverse (on the ground lah!) on its own power. With a clever flap design on the rear jet engine, the plane is able to reverse thrust to move itself backwards. Pretty neat!

While I was waiting for the plane, I watched the weather channel on TV and realise that Hurricane Wilma is coming my way and from the looks of the hurricane's projected path, it seems that we are going to meet head-on in Atlanta as the hurricane makes its way up through Florida on Monday.

Hmm... What is it with me and Hurricanes? I was in New Orleans just 3 days before Hurricane Katrina came and wash away the city. I was a day ahead of Typhoon Kirogi just few days earlier and now its seems that I am going to meet Hurricane Wilma head on when I get into Atlanta on Tuesday. Well, for whatever's it's worth, I think my golfing plans in Atlanta are screwed.

Dang.

- Voxeros

1. mihuatang left...
Saturday, 22 October 2005 8:34 pm
do not know how long is your leg, but under such circumstances, one with a shorter leg shd be better than one with a longer leg.
on hurricanes, it's not you lah! the hurricanes is getting fiercer and more frequent each year.
in any case, take care and try to avoid Wilmar's path!


2. JayWalk left...
Saturday, 22 October 2005 9:58 pm :: 
mihuatang: Which leg? wahahahaah....
Actually, it is not about the length but rather, it is the awkward L-position that you are stuck throughout the bladdy flight.
Last update is that Wilma is stuck and hovering over Cancun. The good news is that for every extra day that Wilma gets stuck in Mexico, the hurricane gets weaker by the time it lands in Florida.


3. akk left...
Sunday, 23 October 2005 5:08 pm
take care take care....:)

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