I saw a newspaper headline yesterday mentioning the fact that airline delays were much less frequent this year due to the “sour economy.” I stumbled across said headline while waiting for a connecting flight at DFW; I had a little extra time to kill because not only did all three flights I take yesterday depart perfectly on time, each one landed between 20-40 minutes ahead of schedule. What initially looked to be a high-stress hell of rushing to make multiple connections turned out to be a pleasant, leisurely trip in which I had the perfect amount of time to stretch my legs and get a bite to eat between each segment of the trip. I’d always been under the impression that flying for free with bonus mileage was supposed to be awful, but yesterday was anything but. In fact, two of my three flights were half-empty. For the longest portion (the three hours between DFW to SFO), I had the entire front row of the economy plus section to myself. I totally stretched out and leaned back and watched the two-and-a-half-hour sunset. And then to top it off the in-flight movie was Star Trek. It was almost like the airline industry was apologizing for all the lousy flights I’ve had to suffer through over the past few years!
Of course, the root of my pleasant journey has to do with everyone (including me and mine!) pinching their pennies, and I’m sure we’ll see yet another wave of airline bankruptcies all too soon. But at least the ride to hell is a comfortable one.
Star Trek, incidentally, was actually better the second time around. On a crappy little screen! With bleeped-out language! And a cropped image! It’s just that good.
Speaking of that good, I’m really proud of 1UP’s sequels we want feature. (It says 1UP Staff, but I drafted all except two of those entries.) We tried to come up with a really broad range of franchises, and I spent a lot of time thinking about what a sequel would need to do in order to be worthy of each series’ respective legacy. Any idiot can dredge up a forgotten franchise, but the efforts usually stink. If even two or three of these suggestions ever saw the light of day, I would be a happy boy indeed.
Also, I posted a piece on the Retronauts blog that would normally go up here due to its more personal, anecdotal nature. Let’s see if anyone complains!