Originally our plans called for us to fly NRT-HNL-SEA-PDX starting last night, arriving just before midnight after a marathon series of flights and spending the night at the PDX Sheraton. Now we'll be flying directly and arriving 0805 -- about eight hours after we were originally scheduled to arrive. I've canceled the hotel reservation (thank goodness for the internet!), and we'll just collect my van from my co-worker in Vancouver and drive back to Mehama. And this room at the Radisson Narita was indeed very nice. The bed was probably the most comfortable of the entire stay, and I felt better when I got up than I think I have the whole trip.
All in all, this bonus 21st night in Japan was a real winner. Now to get dressed and go take advantage of the free breakfast before taking the 11:30 shuttle over to Narita and check in for our direct flight to Portland.
I'm trying to avoid feeling smug, lest Murphy strike me down for my presumption. Possibly we've made so many sacrifices to him that he smiled upon us and sent some good luck. And it makes me smile to think of the people who had a coach reservation on the Northwest flight last night but no seat assignment who, when they turned up at Narita, were told, "We've upgraded you to World Business Class; enjoy your flight to Hawaii."