Saturday, July 10th, 2004

Way Out West

So it turns out I have a computer with high speed internet in the bedroom I’m staying in at my aunt’s place in Vancouver, so you won’t be getting rid of me that easily, at least for the days I’m here.

The flight out was alright. The new Terminal 1 at Pearson is cavernous. Very clean, very sterile, very efficient. It’s only a few months old though, so I’m sure it’ll get all grungy-like soon enough. My travelling companion for the butt-numbing trip was a large man who decided to read his Sikh newspaper out loud, very slowly, for the entire five-hour flight. I’ll say this much, he got a lot of mileage out of that newspaper. It panicked me a little at first to think that I’d be listening to this for the whole trip, but once the headphones went on it was fine. The in-flight film was Laws Of Attraction, which wasn’t very good but wasn’t offensive either, and it did the necessary job of killing an hour and a half so I’ve no complaints. A nice bonus was finding a brand new copy of Mark Haddon’s The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time in the front pocket of my seat. I needed something more to read over the next week, and the free book gods took care of me. I don’t think the owner was coming back, anyway.

The flight was otherwise uneventful, landed in Vancouver and am enjoying the view of rivers and mountains. I haven’t seen the ocean per se yet, but will no doubt be getting plenty of that in the next few days. I think someone mentioned all-you-can-eat sushi for today. Mmm mm good. I think I’m definitely feeling the jet lag, though – I was barely able to stay awake till 10pm local time last night (though that was 1am EDT, not bad for such a long day) and I slept through till 8am. 10 hours is a lot of sleep for me.

Okay, this post is boring me now. Bye for now.

By : Frank Yang at 11:21 am
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  1. *alan says:

    I love that. That there was a large man reading aloud a Sikh newspaper during the entire flight. That’s beautiful and not just a little funny.

    At least it makes for an amusing story, now i wonder what was he reading aloud… the stocks?… sports scores?…the obits?

  2. Frank says:

    as far as I could tell, he was reading everything. Every word. Cover to cover.

    Also interesting were some of the classified ads, at least the ones in English looking to do matchmaking for their children.

  3. Justin says:

    That Haddon novel is good. Won’t take you too long to read either. Enjoy!

  4. mike says:

    hey I got jet lag when I went to California…the first night in L.A., my friend and I crashed in our hotel room 9:30 pm local time

    have fun in Vancouver…my friend who just came from a trip there said the girls are ‘fine’.