Travel to New Orleans via MSP was uneventful, which is just the way I like it. A slight delay at MSP while they fixed the plane's windshield wipers, and it was fairly bumpy coming in, but no big deal. Cheryl and I had the two aisle seats on the same row of the (2-2 seating) CRJ-900 from MSP to New Orleans. After we got up to cruise altitude, the woman in the aisle seat got permission from the flight attendant to move to one of the unoccupied pairs of seats, so I had a pair to myself. I fired up my computer and ran through one laptop battery playing Locomotion
; just as the red "shut me down NOW" warning light came on to tell me I had less than five minutes of battery life yet, we got the "put your stuff away" warning on the flight, so that was pretty convenient. Cheryl was able to sleep on both legs of the flight, but I almost never can; playing Locomotion isn't as restful, but it also has the effect of making time go by quickly.
A significant number of seats on the CRJ-900 were filled with the North Dakota State University women's volleyball team, on their way to play Tulane. As we were nearing touchdown, I heard one of the players behind me say, "It looks like we're going to land in the swamp!'
I leaned back and said, "You've never flown into San Francisco, have you?" She said no, and I explained how the runways there are in the Bay, so that you look like you're going to land in the drink until just before touchdown."
A taxi ride to our hotel, which overlooks the St. Charles streetcar line and is a block from the French Quarter, and a nice routine check-in, and we're all set. We don't know exactly what we'll do this weekend, but I'm sure we'll find things to interest us. Cheryl has some jazz clubs and an art museum in mind. Me, I may have us buy a couple of day passes and ride the streetcars -- they've expanded the system since my last visit.
I don't know how to say how much I like the fact that we have no significant schedule or commitments. Current Mood: relaxed