Saturday before Thanksgiving

  • My friend and I met at the Detroit Airport. She had flown from New Orleans (NWA #1474, scheduled arrival at 7:48) and I from Indianapolis onboard Northwest Airlines flights.
  • When I originally scheduled, I was supposed to be on NWA 185 arriving DTW at 8:09, giving me 1:14 to switch planes. However with schedules being rewritten randomly, I got nervous when it was changed to NWA #360 arriving at 8:19–1:04 to switch planes at Detroit. 1:14 is tight, 1:04 is nearly impossible given Detroit’s current layout. I switched to NWA #1002, schedule to arrive at 5:49, or 3:36 to make the connection. I, for one, am looking forward to the new Midfield Terminal, scheduled to open in February 2002.
  • I actually met the flight from New Orleans, but I had to ask when and where it was arriving because NWA has taken down arrival monitors on the concourses at DTW–I guess under the assumption that since only ticketed passengers are on the concourses nobody is meeting planes.
  • From Detroit we connected to NWA Flight 32 (scheduled departure at 9:25) with service to London. Good thing that I had gotten on the earlier flight–we had to be onboard by 9:05, and that would have left me something like 46 minutes to change planes. Right–like that would ever happen.
  • The flight was fine–I sat down, we took off and I was reading David Sedaris’s Me Talk Pretty One Day. Big mistake–it kept me awake and reading until the wee hours–I ate my dinner, and then finally went to sleep. I don’t remember them picking up my finished dinner, I just know that sometime after dinner I found something better than any alarm clock–that Northwest Airlines flight attendant wandering around the aisle of the plane shouting “duty free” every five seconds. It woke me up–and I was immediately reminded of a Whose Line is it Anyway (British Version on Comedy Central. Drew Carry on ABC sucks. He’s not funny, but he thinks he is.) skit where onboard duty free shopping was parodied. It took me awhile to fall back asleep.

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