From my view out my hotel window overlooking gates 62A, it appears to be a beautiful day down here in Houston.
I fled work’s unrelenting requests at 2 pm yesterday, cursing as I realized that I’d left the cell phone charger on my nightstand at home. I swung by the house, quickly consuming all the extra “meet and greet” time I’d built in to my schedule for my fellow CO51 flyers. Arriving at the airport, I chased them down, always a step behind, until I caught them at the boarding gate. Oddly enough, they spotted me first, which leaves me wondering if there’s some sort of flyertalk “look”. Either that, or my frantic deer-in-headlights expression, gave me away.
Our motley crew had an easy ride down to Houston, with those in the front being so kind as to have the flight attendants bring free alcohol to those of us trapped in the back of the bus. Since this was my first time on a CO flight since last August, I had a chance to see the new CEO’s welcome video. It wasn’t bad, really, but it missed something from the “je ne sais quoi” of the old Bethune video.
The buffet dinner Friday night at the Marriott went over well. Finally seeing some of the individuals behind the messages on Flyertalk helps make it a little more real. That, and having the CEO and other executives sign one of the Continental promotional signs makes for fun entertainment. I’ll have to pick up a few more during this afternoon/evenings’ events.