Reporting from 30,000 feet

I’ve never been more excited than to hear that ding of the captain turning off the seatbelt sign…

Ok, this is not the best picture of me, I’ll admit, but today I’m giddy with excitement as I’m blogging for the first time while actually in the air.  After all, it’s a little embarrassing to be taking photos of yourself when there are people six inches to each side of you.

I was pretty pumped to finally redeem my free coupon for Gogo inflight internet from the travel bloggers conference I went to a few years ago so I could do some work on a grant application during my four hour flight to San Francisco today.

Apparently, said coupons have an expiration date.  But, through a little magic and the power of persuasion I’m surfing here for free anyway.  Normally, it’s a steep $13 per flight and I generally prefer to be completely low-tech on flights (as in, reading things on paper or sewing).  But I’m certainly not complaining about updating my status from 30,000 feet.  According to my flight tracker (on Gogo’s home page), we’re currently cruising over Omaha…

It’s a whirlwind of a trip.  With two four-hour flights, about 4-5 hours of driving, and only 2.5 days, this trip is not for fun or relaxation, but closure.

My Grampy passed away last August and because of some not so great timing (I had a huge dance show the same week) my brother and I are going this weekend to pay our respects.  His death was extremely sudden, entirely unexpected, and I wouldn’t have had it any other way.  Grampy taught me how to work hard and play harder, and with the patriarch of our family gone it’s hard to say if our familial cookie will crumble or bake.  I guess that remains to be seen.  For the time being, his life is a reminder to me that life will never be a cakewalk, but you should eat cake anyway.

Enough with the baked goods references…

By the way, I’m way more impressed with Gogo than with Boingo, the in-terminal internet for which I also had a free coupon (sans expiration date).  I might also mention that, aside from our seats being double booked, and a super bumpy takeoff, I’m totally in love with Virgin and will have a hard time flying any other airline. We stood our ground and won on the seats, and I’m assuming the bumps were on account of clouds, not the captain. I mean, come on!  They have purple and blue mood lighting on the plane….

Totally awesome airline.

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