Like usual I took another trip from DTW
, to visit mom and dad, but this one was a little different than the last few dozen. I flew to STL
. You may ask why I chose to fly Southwest when nearly every trip I have flown in the last eight years was on a SkyTeam carrier. The answer is simple, I wanted to fly out of the new terminal at DTW
I arrived at the new terminal an hour and a half before my flight was to leave. My flight departed at 7:25pm so I gave myself some time to wonder about and check things out. I was delighted with the check in area. It was spacious and well lit. It was very well laid out and there were not very many people there. There was only one other person ahead of me in line at the WN
counter. I checked my bag and headed to security. I found security to be fast and friendly. I was through with the entire check in and security process in five minutes. I was amazed it was that fast. I usually fly NW
and Friday evenings can be busy at DTW
Once past security I was very disappointed in the new terminal. It was very boring. The only thing I saw that was interesting was some light fixtures. There were plenty of places to eat so that was good, but it looked like a vacant shopping mall. I ate at the National Coney Island, which was good, like always. I looked around for a shoe shine stand and only found one, but it was unattended. I was upset about that because my boots were in need of a shine.
Things over at the Southwest gates were busy. There was a flight leaving for MDW
just before my flight to STL
so there were plenty of people hanging around.
I have not flown on WN
since 2000 and I didn't really know what to expect. I never liked there old system of sitting around the gate to get a good seat. I had A 49 and I liked how they boarded people by number. I found it very efficient and we boarded the plane in a very short time. It seemed shorter than what it takes to board an NW
DC-9. We pushed back on time, but had to wait for fifteen NW
planes to go ahead of us.
I had a window seat over the wing and nobody was next to me, so that was great. I really liked the seats on this plane; they were comfortable and it seemed like I had a bit more leg room than on a NW
The flight was very enjoyable. We flew on N382SW, a 1994 737-300. This particular model had winglets. I didn't get a photo of the plane because it was dark. The FAs passed out nuts and drinks and I had a cup of coffee. The flight was rather short, just over an hour. We arrived at the gate right on time. Upon landing at STL
many people got off the plane, bout others were staying on for its trip to Houston.
The East Terminal at STL
was very busy. Which was nice to see. It seems that the only terminals at STL
that are busy these days are the A and the East.
I got my baggage in no time and was out at the curb waiting for mom and dad to pick me up. They picked me up and we went home and dropped off my bags. As usual dad and I went out and drank beers. The next day mom and I did some shopping and then helped dad move his office. Later that night we went to the American Legion and we drank more beer.
Sunday I went to Church and then headed off to Fults, Illinois to visit my friends, Alex and Laurie. I took mom with me and we stopped in Waterloo and shopped at Rural King. I bought some parts for my tractor. We headed over to my friend's but they were detained at a property auctions so I entertained myself by riding one of Alex's dirt bikes and mom fed some of their chickens.
Sunday night I went and did a little train watching in Kirkwood, Missouri. My friend, Dan, and I went and did a little Republican Activism. We went and put McCain signs in the yard of the Kirkwood High School principal (he made students take down McCain signs, but would allow Obama signs) . We also went and stuck some McCain signs in Claire McCaskill's (Missouri Senator) front yard. That was very fun.
Monday dad and I went out to breakfast and then I went with my dad to the St. Louis County election office so he could vote absentee. Dad will be out of town on voting day. I had been to this office a few times to vote when I lived in Missouri and my dad goes there periodically too, but neither of us ever so it so busy as it was on Monday. The line moved fast, but there were lots of people there.
At 3:30pm on Monday I headed back to STL
for my trip on NW
back to DTW
, at 5pm. I was happy to see there was nobody in line at the NW
counter. I was also able to get through security in about ten minutes. There were plenty of people at NW
gates. This is usually the case. I was able to finally get a shoe shine and the man did a really great job. My boots looked better than when I bought them. We boarded the plane right on time and we pushed by on time. The flight was full and there wasn't a spare seat to be found.
The plane on this trip was NW
DC-9-50, N760NC. This fine product of 1976 was just as good as the last time I flew on her. McDonnel Douglas planes are my favorites. The leg room was the same as usual and I never complained, but after flying on the WN
733 I felt the difference.
The flight was smooth and the FA
passed out drinks. They were selling pink lemonade to help raise money for breast cancer research. I bought some, it was rather good. I sat in seat 17A, which is one of my favorite spots so I can see the wing. We landed early, but had to sit just short of the gate for a while so we only got in about five minutes early. There were not many people at DTW
on Monday night. I was able to walk right over to the baggage claim and I saw my bag come around before I even got up to it. I was happy not having to wait for my bag. I then made the trek to the shuttle buses so I could go get my truck.
It was a great trip, like always. I always have fun in STL
. It is nice seeing my mom and dad and my friends. I will be doing another DTW
trip next month for Thanksgiving. The next trip will be all NW