Holy crap, this is a long trip.
First of all, our original flight, which was to leave Los Angeles at 11 p.m. and arrive in Syndey at 6 a.m. (two days later because of the International Date Line) was cancelled. So we had to leave earlier.
Earlier meant we were leaving out of LA in the morning instead of the evening. Everything got pushed up by a day. We started in San Francisco on Friday eve, saying goodbye to the dogs and leaving for the airport around 7 p.m. We arrived in LA at 10 p.m., staying at the Westin by the airport (a mighty fine hotel, I might add).
Then we were up at 8 a.m. to head back to LAX, check in for our flight and wait. We boarded at 11 a.m. for the 16-hour flight to Brisbane. I know. That’s not Sydney. We’ll then have a one-hour layover in Brisbane, arriving in Sydney around 9:30 p.m. All told, it’s just about 31 hours of travel.
A word about Australia: I’ve never been to Oz, but MythBusters is in fact an Australian show. It was conceived in Australia, and it’s produced out of Sydney. I’ve been working with Aussies extensively for the past 12 years. The show’s sense of humor is deeply informed by the Aussie sense of humor, and so is mine. And it’s a good, solid, deep and bawdy sense of humor.
The plane is packed with Aussies (of course, duh) and I feel instantly at home with every one of them, from the captain and his crew on down.
Did I mention that the crew is amazing? Yay to Virgin. Mr. Branson, my hat’s off to you. (And if you’re actually reading this, you should hire Jamie and me to do your safety video. I can’t stand that Virgin America song anymore -- and neither can your flight crews.)
As I’m writing this, the video display on the wall says we have three hours left of the Pacific leg. That’s still about six hours before we’re in. I’ve watched King Kong, finished Wild by Cheryl Strayed, and also read another book from start to finish.
That book? THE MARTIAN by Andy Weir. Seriously, stop everything right now and go out and read that damned book. It’s about a man stranded on Mars. That’s all I’m going to tell you, save for the fact that it’s incredibly accurate from an engineering point of view, and that that veracity makes the narrative INCREDIBLY compelling. I was moved to tears repeatedly. (But then again I cry at everything.)
Go read that book.