Kevin Standlee (kevin_standlee) wrote,
Kevin Standlee
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If I'd Known, I Would Have Signed In Sooner

Although my train was on time, I had a bit of a delay at Coliseum Station, as Lisa called me and initially said she thought she wouldn't be able to come collect me at PDX and that I shouldn't come up this weekend after all. Then she said to wait a while before heading back home. Well, although I could have always walked over to the BART station and headed back, I could easily wait at Coliseum for the next southbound Capitol at 2:10, so I did. After a while, and about ten minutes before I was going to call her and say fish-or-cut-bait, she called me to say she (barely) thought she could go ahead and make it up to Portland, so I could go ahead and continue to the airport. I walked across to BART and took the next AirBART bus over to Oakland Airport.

This airport is a ghost town today. There was a single agent at the Alaska counter, and that's all they needed. There was only one person in the queue at Terrorization ahead of me. I had lots of time at both ends of the queue without anyone pushing up behind me. There was nobody at the burrito stand ahead of me, and none of the usual rush. I took a walk over to the end of terminal 2 and back after having the burrito and still had about 45 minutes before my flight was scheduled to board. My laptop announced that wireless networks were found, which didn't surprise me, but this was a new network my machine hadn't seen before here.

Turns out that since my last visit to this airport, Oakland has kicked out the Boingo pay service and turned on free wi-fi. It's sort of a pity I didn't know that, because if I had, as soon as I'd got airside and had some food (I'd had to skip my usual lunchtime in favor of a food bar in order to get the train), I would have found some place to get to work. As it is, I don't really have enough time to do more than check my e-mail. The job I'm doing needs me to be able to sit and concentrate for an hour or two at a stretch. Indeed, getting into my "work trance" is one of the most effective ways of making time pass quickly that I know of -- almost as effective as playing Locomotion.

My Horizon flight is scheduled to board at 4:10, and was showing online as all-but full (one seat left). However, you wouldn't know it by this departure lounge. Now, I know it's Thursday (I normally am here on Friday afternoons), but this place is really dead right now. Another sign of the declining economy, I guess.
Tags: airports, lisa, travel
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