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Not much news... (208.8)
The LiveJournal post I wrote on the plane on the way back from San Francisco seems to have been eaten by the iPad LiveJournal client. Among other things, I talked about the couple sitting behind me, both of whom were wearing face masks for the whole flight, and who had the only empty seat on the plane next to them. I speculated that perhaps they buy a third seat so they don't have to sit next to one of us germ carriers.

Eggs BlackstoneAfter I got through security at SFO, I was delighted to see Perry's Cafe in my terminal. It was the first time since I first discovered the place nearly three years ago, since I almost always fly US Airways, and this is the Delta terminal. I plopped myself down at the bar and ordered a cup of coffee, a bloody mary, and Eggs Blackstone, their Eggs Benedict variant with a slice of tomato and crumbled bacon.

The bartender looked at his watch melodramatically and told me I was too late, that breakfast hours ended at 11. I said "Pretty please! I've been looking forward to it all weekend!" but he said no, adding that it's not even in the computer any more. As I sadly got up to leave, he said "Wait, let me ask my manager." He, and his manager, wisely decided it made more sense to sell me something I was 20 minutes late for than lose a (fairly profitable) customer entirely. Since nearly everything else over the course of the weekend was paid for by someone else, it was my splurge. Well worth it... for me and for the bartender; in addition to my usual decent tip, I gave him my BART ticket with some credit still on it.

So, yeah, it was a great weekend. It meant giving up some hours at work, but I think even though I need lots of hours, it was worth it. (Also, I don't want to rack up hours just for the sake of hours when I'm not really needed. That's charity, not employment.)

The other surprise on the flight home was that, a few minutes after I handed the usual cup of snacks to one of the cabin crew, another flight attendant came running over. "I knew you had to be here somewhere! As soon as I saw the chocolates, I figured you must be back." She'd been on my DTW-SFO leg on Friday morning. In the three years or so I've been doing this, she's definitely my first repeat customer! So to speak. I got to chat with her and another flight attendant in the galley late in the flight. Nice people!

Current Music: "NCIS"

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kaitl From: kaitl Date: April 23rd, 2012 12:09 am (UTC) (Link)
That breakfast looks amazing! Mmmmm

Also- I really need to figure out how to not feel *super* awkward giving snacks to the flight attendants. I still don't quite understand the precise logistics of it.

Glad your trip ended on a happy note!
mhaithaca From: mhaithaca Date: May 31st, 2013 04:40 pm (UTC) (Link)
I never replied to this! Honestly, any reaction to the flight attendants welcoming each person in a long parade of passengers is going to seem awkward. Smiling brightly and saying "Hi, I brought you a snack!" is less awkward than being the 74th person to mumble something noncommittal back at them.
rustmon From: rustmon Date: April 23rd, 2012 02:06 am (UTC) (Link)
Awesome! I love Perry's, and glad you are so awesome to the attendants!
polypolyglot From: polypolyglot Date: April 23rd, 2012 04:01 am (UTC) (Link)
Eggs Blackstone sounds yummy!

i seem to recall some SF restaurant off Union Square where the garnish for Bloody Marys is not celery but pickled okra (I dislike regular okra because of the texture, but pickled okra is pretty good).

Edited at 2012-04-23 04:03 am (UTC)
mhaithaca From: mhaithaca Date: April 23rd, 2012 04:05 am (UTC) (Link)
Bistro Q used to put pickled green beans in theirs. I guess Perry's just had a lemon wedge. I liked the massive shrimp at Legal Seafoods. :-)
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