So, it’s 2:30ish am Texas time and we’re in Tokyo! It’s 4:30ish in the afternoon here. I don’t have a clue what time the blog post is going to show. I’ll fix that up later sometime. I do know that we just lost a half of a day. I guess we’ll get it back when we head back to Texas.
We left from Dallas, went to Houston and then on to Tokyo. We’ve been in the air for about 16 hours so far with about 7 or 8 more to go. The flight time from Houston to Tokyo was over 14 hours. You can watch a lot of movies and eat a lot of food in 14 hours.
We started on Wednesday at 3:00am. Left for the airport at 4:30am and got all of our bazillion suitcases carted over to check in. What a sight! I told ya’ it would be. I thought it was so funny when a guy said “Looks like you guys needed a Uhaul.” We actually rented a Toyota Sequoia and it was jammed packed full and my sister, Edie, hauled the human cargo.
We got to check-in and the lady said how many people? How many bags? She was a little taken aback by the mounds of luggage we had. They called in some reinforcements and we got checked in and through security with no issues. Except for the flight attendants who thought they owned the place and cut. Many of them! They were coming out of the woodworks. And they weren’t even nice about it. I just wanted to tell them that it’s not as if we are paying them or anything. I kept my mouth shut. Probably not a good idea to rock the boat when you’re going through security.
So our conversations with the kids before hand were interesting. From giving Tori details to all types of scenarios she might encounter since she’d be travelling alone to telling them all to keep their mouths shut when we were around airport people to not passing gas in your seat on the plane. That would be bad.
We took off in the plane from Dallas and got above the clouds and Anna and Jakeb both wanted to get out there and mess them up. Kids… This is Anna’s first plane trip and probably the first one that Jakeb remembers.
We’re all doing well but we’re tired. The company is flying us BusinessFirst and it’s pretty nice! The seats are big and we have lots of room to move around. We even got an “essentials kit”. If you know Brian Regan, the comedian, you’ll think that’s funny. I haven’t heard from Tori yet. I’m sure she’s fine even though she’s having to rough it in coach (long story). Her plan has arrived in Tokyo but we can’t get to her because she came into a different terminal and a boarding pass is required. This is quite an experience for her and she has really risen to the challenge. I’m sure she’ll have a story or two.
Next stop, Singapore. It’ll be Thursday afternoon Texas time when we arrive and get to our apartment. I’ll post an update as soon as I can. Probably after a nap.
Oh, speaking of naps, I took one at an altitude of about 35000 feet at a ground speed of about 500mph and outside temp was -72 degree’s, as we flew over the Pacific Ocean. How cool is that?