Well, I made it to my hotel.
Airport Security. The United terminal had an odd security setup. They had separate lines for 1st Class/Premier and for us peons. For the peons, there were two lines (not the six there were last time), feeding two carry-on scanners and a single people scanner. Translation: Slow. It took me about 40-45 minutes. On the upside: I had no problems going through. I did my usual: everything except my boarding pass in the computer bag. Computer out. Backpack through. Shoes/jacket through. Computer bag through. Computer through. Me through, smiling, holding the boarding pass. No secondary checks at all! Not with the electronics. Not with the pens. No problems at all! We’ll see what Dulles is like on the way back Friday evening.
The Flight. The flight itself was long and boring. And hot. We were on an Airbus A320, and I don’t think UAL maintained it well at all. Still, the time passed. Luckily, I picked up a portable DVD player on sale over the weekend, and was able to watch 2½ episodes of Commander in Chief. Damn, the show was just hitting its stride when it got cancelled!
The Arrival. The arrival was OK, but I was amazed by the amount of construction at Dulles. What are they building out there? Looks like another midfield terminal, a metro station, and a bunch of other stuff.
The Dinner. As we ended up getting out of the airport with the rental car around 7pm. So we went to Legal Seafood in Tysons for dinner. Yum!
The Hotel. One of the things I don’t like about Columbia is their poor signage. Yet again (2nd year in a row). The Sheraton Columbia is off this little road that is poorly signed, especially at night. I guess I’m an LA Boy
Now to go do some workish stuff and then get to bed. Tomorrow morning’s meetings come earlier than I would like to think.