Thursday, August 18, 2011

What up, America!

So I'm currently sitting in the gate lounge at the delightfully snore-worthy Los Angeles International Airport (Nikki - we're in the same state!!!!), waiting to board my flight to Chicago and by extension the 20SB Summit. OH MY GAWDDDDDDDDDDD!!! :D Anyway, I figured I'd pass the time by stuffing my face with a Starbucks bagel and writing a blog post for y'all! <-- America, you're already a terrible influence on me.
Things that make a 14.5 hour international flight a total suckfest:
1. Trying to eat peas with a very bendy plastic fork during turbulence.
2. A small child with a cold sitting a row in front of you and screaming at random intervals throughout the flight.
3. Sitting across the aisle from a man who made terrifying snorting noises for the entire flight. Surely after the first hour, you'd just find a tissue rather than snorting back your snot???
4. Being sat next to an 80 year old married couple who need to pee almost constantly, who feel the need to hold conversations with you while you're trying to watch movies, and who spent half the flight asking how to use the entertainment system...
5. Getting a whopping 45 minutes of sleep due to the combined effect of points 2, 3 and 4.
6. Finally getting to LA only to end up spending an hour in the queue for Immigration.
Things that make a sucky 14.5 hour international flight better:
1. Jake Gyllenhaal movies (shame it was Source Code...)
2. Scoring free dessert made by the first class chef from the steward to say thank you for working the entertainment system for the aforementioned old couple so he could do his job. It was creme brulee and it was amazeballs...
3. Amusing conversations with fellow passengers in the stupidly long immigration queue.
4. Getting through Immigration and to the carousel just as your suitcase is going past.
5. Having the following conversation:
Hot customs guy: Anything to declare?
Me: Four packets of chocolate biscuits??
HCG: (looks at my passport) Whoa! You have lost some WEIGHT, Miss G-!
Me: Thanks! [I have similar conversations quite a lot, due to my almost 10 year old passport]
HCG: How much weight have you lost?
Me: About 20 kilos.
HCG: Wow, nice work! And can I just say, you are GORGEOUS! Really.
Me: Considering I just got off a 14.5 hour flight and have barely slept, THANK YOU.
HCG: You're very welcome. Have a nice day!
Awesome. LAX, you have *definitely* upped your game since the last time I arrived here!
Surprisingly not tired,
K xx


  1. This just... made me so happy. I love this post!

    1 - I love that you had Starbucks first thing when you got to America. You're a girl after my own heart.

    2- Yay Jake Gyllenhaal <3

    3- I might have to add "amazeballs" to my regular vocabulary

    4- Meeting fellow passengers and having fun conversations are always a plus

    5- and YAY hot customs guy!

    Still sad I can't be there at the summit though. :( Say hi to my city and all of the 20sbers for me!!!!!

  2. You were TWO. HOURS. AWAY. I swear to whatever the hell is controlling this nonsense that WE ARE GOING TO MEET SOMEHOW. I don't care if I have to infiltrate Melbourne if (when????) I go do my postgrad work (even if I find myself in Sydney or Canberra or wherever), I will DO IT.

    Also, "ya'll" makes me cry. My family says it and OHGOD, IT HURTS. Painnnn.

    PS: I'm so terrified about long flights next to icky people.


    Do you have email and all that jazz on your phone / does it work here? I will have my phone on me at all times unless I am physically at a computer so shoot me an email and we can find somewhere to meet up, all right?



  4. I haven't read your blog in ages. I'm sorry for that. :-S It's just wrong of me... stupid strange and busy schedule.

    I don't think I've ever flown into LAX, or maybe I have...hard to say.

    Good that you're in the states...sad that you're so far away! Hope you're having fun!

  5. Glad you're having fun and can muster the energy to blog about it. I'm living my normal life and am struggling to convince myself to do my normal Sunday posts. But, gotta try n give The People something to read about come Monday!

    Travel safe xoxo


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