New girlfriend and I decided to go up to Boston for a day. My love of aviation was ignited about 2.5 years ago, and I haven't been on a plane since due to time and money constraints, so this was very exciting for me.
We chose US Airways, booked our tickets online and did some research to see what exactly we would end up doing.
We both woke up at her place (I spent the night
) at about 5:40AM. I was actually really worried because my only form of state-issued photo identification had expired, and I wasn't sure it that would cause any trouble in boarding.
The didn't even check my identification. We breezed through security and realized how early we were. I then looked over and saw a man in a suit and I immediately knew it was a good friend of mine that works for the airline (will remain nameless). I was excited to see him, and he immediately hooked us up, putting us up to first class. My 9F seat now became 2F.
Flight 2118, 8:00AM departure, 9:06AM arrival.
Aircraft: A319 N727UW
Seat: 2F, 2E
The captian came on and welcomed us to this flight to Washington DC! DOH! Not sure if he was joking, but he quickly corrected himself, but no one seemed entertained.
I looked out the window and saw Northwest 757-200 N550NW...the aircraft slightly damaged in an incident at LGA
with an A319 of theirs (N313NB) where the mechs didn't apply the parking brakes during a taxi. I haven't seen N550 since it happened, and it was cool to see her back in action with the little mark left over from the paintjob done to the fixed area.
It was a comfortable flight. Nice service and a smooth ride. I must admit, as much as I love planes from the outside, I have a fear of actually flying them. But I get a rush from the fear and I compose myself well, so it was great. I got to see my own town from overhead again, which I haven't done in a while, so that was fun. We actually landed about 15-20 minutes early at Logan and hopped in a cab and headed into town.
We started off near Faneuil Hall. Right away I fell in love with the old small buildings and cobblestone alleyways. Wandeirng around the Hall, humping the statues (as recommended by friends), watched the homeless folks, and wandeinrg around Quincy Market before heading towards some of the other sites I wanted to see.
After taking more inappropriate pictures of us with statues, we made our way to the Old Granary Burial Grounds. I love Americna History, and I got a little TOO excited to see the gravesites of the 5 men killed int he Boston Massacre, Paul Reverse, Samuel Adams and John Hancock. Awesome. I'll say it again as it bears repeating. Awesome.
A quick walk down the road further and we came to Boston Common, the NYC equivilant of Central Park. As recommended, we stopped by Frog Pond for a little ice skating. We rented our skates and entered the locker room as she decided to go to the bathroom. She came out a few minutes later and seemed upset. "You won't believe what just happened....I just got my period." "Oh ok," I reply. She tlels me she had no tampons and seems to get extremely worried. It took a few minute of convincing her to let me leave for a few minutes, but off I RAN to go get some tampons for her. I came back in 5 minutes and she was shocked at the amazing speed. TRACK TEAM! haha. Disaster averted!!!!
Ice skating was so much fun. She claimed to not be very good, but wasn't bad at all, though I did skate backwards pulling her along most of the time. It was actually pretty romantic. None of us fell, luckily. A fun time.
We then jsut kept walking west. Through the park, the gardens and onto Newbery Street. A lot fo nice shops there. I got a new leather jacket at the Guess store (a steal at only $89!!!), and a t-shirt at American Eagle.
We worked up a bit of an appetite with all the walking, and headed into Stephanie;s Cafe. A nice place, good wine and very comfortable atmosphere. I ordered the Tenderloin salad, only after the waiter ASSURED me that it was a masculine salda (an oxymoron?). It turned out to be great, and the bill wasn't nearly as much as we thought it would be.
Being in another city it's important to keep control over our behavior, since we represent New York, and Bostonians will judge NYC based on our actions. Hence, I kicked it up a notch and, with the great acting of grabbed the inside of my jeans and crouching, I yelled out "Oh man! I just shit my pants," about two dozen times randomly throughout the day. It got some great laughs, but mostly from ourselves, and that's all we wanted.
We wandered on back just taking it all in as we headed to our starting point. We caught a cab and went back to Logan, a lot earlier than we thought. We got to the airport and were originally scheduled to leave ont he 8PM flight (2143), but ended up getting stnadby on the 5PM flight out. No first class hookup here.
Flight 2137, 5:00PM departure, 6:06AM arrival.
Aircraft: A319 N717UW
, 10C (later 10D & E)
First, the security checkpoint did notice my expired ID
. They put me aside where I had to do the "special" search. Just a few minutes longer, more tedioua dn searching my bags (just one shopping bag).
I had the aisle seat, and my lady was behind me, but we managed to change seats and got to sit next to each other, but still no window. By leaning over, we were able to see my home as we landed on runway 31 on the Expressway Visual Approach. Again, we landed early.
One thign about Boston; the pidgeons and squirrels are SO dumb! They don;t move out of your way like in NYC. I was running to get the tampons and they wouldn't move! I had to hop over them like an asshole.
It was my first time flying on an Airbus. Weird, because to Airbus aircraft in one day, both of which has registration numbers that were Boeign aircraft (727 and 717).
Two round trip coach tickets: $712
Breakfast at the airport: $14
Cab from Logan to Faneuil: $17.25 ($20 after tip)
Dispoasble Camera (#1): $15
Bag of Cotton Balls (to stick in ears for warmth): $1.50
Dunkin Donuts (hot cocoa, 2 doughnuts and a muffin): $6
Ice Skating: (skate rental, admissiona nd locker): $21
Leather Guess Jacket: $89
American Eagle T-Shirt: $12.50
Brunch at Stephanie's Cafe: $37 ($47 after tip)
Disposable camera (#2): $12
Cab back to Logan: $11.25 ($17 after tip)
Parking at LGA
for the day: $24
TRIP TOTAL: $1007.75
I completely fell in love with Boston. I love the history, the narrow streets with the cobblestone that just makes me think I'm living back in the 1700s.
I just had an awesome time. To combine my love for aviation and American History with a nice new lady in my life like her, it was the best day I've had in a while.
The following is a picture taken by good friend Matt Smith, who knew I was flying out today and grabbed this shot of ym departure. The fourth window from the front was mine, and you can clearly see the flesh color of my face and part of the bill of my hat. (click the link below the pic to check the full size)
[Edited 2004-02-23 05:02:53]
Phil Derner Jr.