The Unbearable Banishment:

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Arrived in London from an overnight flight a few hours ago. Typically, we are calm, cool, sophisticated travelers from another Metropolis. This time, however, we are going to be über tourists. A sassy West End musical. The Ian Fleming exhibit at the British War Museum. I wouldn’t be a bit surprised if we wound up on the top deck of a big red bus. We’ve even made reservations to tour Buckingham Palace. While there, I want to try and use the royal loo. That’d be as close as I'll ever get to a throne.

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You can tell what rung of the economic ladder you occupy by where you sit in an airplane. Are you up front in one of the comfy "sleeping pods" or are you waaaay in the rear of the plane with a seat back just a few inches from you nose? Who knew they could fit 64 rows of seats on an airplane? It's surprising, but they did it. Well, if you don't like those flying arrangements, perhaps you should have worked a little harder and paid attention in school.

While being served dinner, I asked the steward if first class has eaten yet. He said that not only have they already eaten, but the crew just sang them lullabies and they are already asleep, so please don't make a lot of noise by clanging my plastic flatware together. Funny.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

sounds like fun! loved a slow wander through The Tate when i was there last summer...

i usually am compelled to fly cattle car. on a flight from chicago to hong kong, i swear there were chickens in the overhead bins!

occasionally can scam an upgrade, but not often... "lullabies". bastards...

September 11, 2008 at 7:49 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Have fun! I was in London recently and spent most of my visit doing a pub crawl. Aside from the drinking, I managed to squeeze in a trip to the Tate and loved it!

September 11, 2008 at 9:55 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Don't fret. They only get plastic knives in first class these days as well.

Yeah. Small consolation, eh?

September 11, 2008 at 10:05 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

They still feed people?

September 11, 2008 at 10:16 AM  
Anonymous MT said...

Happy Anniversary! Enjoy your trip and try to relax while you are there.(Tell Mrs. Wife this goes for her also)

September 11, 2008 at 11:36 AM  
Blogger The Unbearable Banishment said...

daisy & pop: Tate is on the agenda. It always is. The building itself is a work of art.

tome: Is that true? Of course, I would have no idea!

annie: It's barely food.

mt: Thanks! I passed your good wishes onto Mrs. Wife.

September 11, 2008 at 1:06 PM  
Blogger sid said...

I loved London. Been there for the first time this year. I definitely want to go again.

September 12, 2008 at 6:18 AM  

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