Away From The Numbers

In the process of traveling back to England for the first time since summer of ’04 (the longest I’ve ever been away) and to mark my new home in America, have chosen a new route home to London. Rather than take a bus or drive down to New York City and deal with all the attendant public transport hassle or long-term parking costs, I took a 70-minute drive up to Albany Airport, where the long-term parking is $25 a week and I was checked in about ten minutes after pulling up to a parking spot. In fact, I was so damn early I sat around for an hour trying to resist the temptation to fork over $10 and get online (as in, on the Internet) but waited until landing in Newark to do so instead. And here I am. Flying over all the brake lights on the Garden State Parkway made the shuttle connection look like the right decision. And there’s a funny thing about flying: even though I’ve been a bizarrely long 16 months without getting on a plane, the whole process seemed so natural I barely gave it any thought – and that despite sitting on an Embraer plane that’s all of about four feet wide.

It’s going to be an interesting time back in London. Watch this space.

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  1. 18 January, 2006 at 2:53 am

    I know you’ve done them a lot, but I love small planes. Took one this summer from Vienna to Innsbruck, over the Alps, lurching across glaciers and forests. The best though, was a six seater to Exeter from Gatwick, on a beautiful sunny morning, back in England after a year in high summer, streams below looked close enough to touch, me bleary from the NY flight propped next to the bright eyed and bushy tailed insurance reps off to the West Country for whatever meeting. Enjoy your stay, I’m hoping to get over in the spring…


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