Well, I'm back in lovely West Lafayette, IN now, so I thought I'd share my return trip with y'all. Sorry to Cody, who was interested in my experience with the ex-Reno plane, but that didn't work out...
I got to the airport in San Diego at 6:30 last night, checking in for a 7:33 departure to Reno. When I got in the terminal, however, I saw that the flight was cancelled. As a result, I switched my first connecting point to Los Angeles and hopped on an Eagle. I sat in 6A on Eagle flight 4030, SAN-LAX, The flight, like all LAX Eagle flights, was operated in a Saab 340B Turboprop. We flew at 8,000 feet, and our flight took 28 minutes. This Saab was refitted with seats that match American's new seats, except for that they did not have the adjustable leather headrest. The pattern on the seat was identical, though. Another interesting thing about this flight is that, despite it's short length, the flight attendant made TWO passes for the beverage service... you don't see that much on a half hour trip!
After arriving in LAX at 8:00, I faced a nearly five hour layover, as my flight to DFW wasn't until 12:40 am. I checked in, hung around the gate area for a while, then headed to the internationmal terminal. The IT has a nice set of shops and restaurants, as well as a nice view out of large picture windows. Finally, I headed back to AAs terminal for my flight. AA flight 612 was a 757, and it was pretty open. I had three seats together, 33 D through F. We pushed back one minute before schedule, at 12:39 am, and we taxied out to runway 25L and took off. We climbed to FL370 for this flight, which was to have an airtime of 2:27. I noticed that on this flight, the second language on the safety video was French rather than Spanish... I don't know what that was. Shortly after takeoff, we were served beverages and pretzels, and at my request the flight attendant gave me three full cans of Coke. I figured that that way they might last the flight. I stretched out across my three seats and watched CBS Eye on American on the TV screen for a little while. After about 20 minutes, I listened to a CD and fell asleep. The flight was really quick, and we touched down on DFWs runway 17R at 5:13 am. We taxied in to gate C-2, and I was so tired that I forgot to pass some time visiting the cockpit before getting off of the plane.
Once in DFW, I proceeded to gate A-15, where an F-100 came to take me to Louisville (SDF). I planned on upgrading to First on this flight to avoid the God-awful "breakfast" that comes inside the Bistro bag, but to no avail. At the last minute, two stand-bys with a higher priority than me came and got the last two seats. Because this flight, too, was empty in the main cabin (I would estimate that there were 30-40 people, including 8 in Fisrt Class), I again had three seats. This time I was in the sceond row of the main cabin, seats 7 D-F. The low load allowed the flight attendant to serve the bistro meal, so I didn't have to pick one up as I boarded. The bag contained a banana, strawberry yogurt, a strawberry breakfast bar, and orange juice. I drank the OJ and tossed the rest. I was apparently pretty tired at this point (I had a three hour layover in DFW), because I fell asleep before the flght attendants even served the beverages! This flight pushed back right on time at 8:05 am, and we taxied to 17R, where we were 9th in line behind a Delta L-1011 and MD-80, as well as 6 AA MD-80s. We took off and climbed to FL330, landing in Louisville at 11:03 am. The approach was really great, because I got a great view of Church Hill Downs, and we flew right over Six Flags Kentucky Kingdom. I think I also saw a Purdue Cadet flying a familiar cross coutry rout along the Ohio River, which forms the border between Indiana and Kentucky. It was hard to see the markings, so it may not have been a Purdue plane, but I know that a lot of our flight students were flying trips today while planes were available.
That's pretty much it for the flying story... I went out to lunch with a friend and saw a little of Louisville, then drove back up to Purdue. Did I forget anything? Let me know if I did.