I don’t mind the redeye flights to Europe. They’re long enough that (with a little pharmaceutical assist) I can generally get a decent amount of sleep, even in the back of the plane. Domestic redyeys, on the other hand, are a whole different beast. The flight tonight from Seattle to Newark is blocked at less than 5 hours. Accounting for taxi time at both ends, it is about a 4.25 hour flight, maybe a hair more. That basically leaves ~3.75 hours to sleep. I don’t really think that anything can effectively prepare one for that environment, but here I sit, trying to come up with something. In my case it will be a non-prescription approach of a few vodka & tonics, plus an upgrade to F, which makes it slightly more tolerable, but still nothing like a real night’s sleep.
On the plus side, I finally got a couple decent pictures this week – something that has eluded me based on being stuck in a hotel ballroom all week staring at a computer screen. Sunset at SEA:
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