Thursday, January 24, 2008

Itineraries



For those of you following at home, I finally got on my plane at 12 or so, the fog clearing just enough to let the plane get in from Miami. After such a long delay (we were supposed to take off at 9:53 a.m.), it was a pleasant surprise to find out our short connecting flight would occur on a Gulfstream. We anxious passengers (we noble few) all boarded the same way: our heads in a constant half-revolve, taking in our unusual surroundings. "It's like having our own private jet!," said one passenger, his voice revealing an Eastern European accent. He continued, "...Of course, if the jet was ours, it would've left on time." The plane is a sleek tube, with only a row of seats on each side, tiny little air vents coming from the side (as opposed to those unmaneuverable overhead vents airplanes often sport), and amble leg room. As we prepare to take off, the Florida sun comes through the windows, cutting a warm orange glow through the remaining fog, making the whole jet feel like the mise-en-scene of a Ridley Scott film.

I fall asleep (at last!) on the flight, waking up to the Tampa bay below. The light bends across the window, bending the shoreline with it, making the land look like a Surrealist accordian.

4 comments:

Jonathan Lapper said...

How in the hell do you get so many damn vacations?

Cinephile said...

Skill, charm, and an ineffable sense of how to shake a martini mix (which I learned, oddly enough, from The Thin Man).

Jonathan Lapper said...

How did I know I wasnt' going to get a straight answer to that question?

Cinephile said...

Well. The straight answer is that we have something called "winter term," where students take January to do independent research projects, internships, films, etc. It's a nice way for them to work on stuff that might fit into their majors, but that isn't covered in a course. So our "official" spring semester doesn't start until next week. I'm still working-- supervising student work via email, doing syllabus stuff-- but it gave me time to get out of the cold and snow and to go see The Girl, so I was certainly going to take advantage of it.