Tuesday was my flight to Seattle to visit Kate for the Thanksgiving break. I was anxious about flying thanks to the stupid netnews posting (which was obviously a joke, but still...), but the flight turned out to be good: after getting myself a crappy center seat, I lucked out when there were empty seats in business class while the main cabin was overbooked. First they offered upgrades to people willing to sing over the PA system (ugh), but then they offered more to the tallest man and the shortest woman. Score! So I traveled in comfort, and got my coffee served in real cups with real saucers. And the reunion with Kate, even though we'd only been separated for a couple of weeks this time, was nice as usual. I really miss being with her.
Wednesday was mostly occupied by the drive down to Eugene to visit Kate's brother-in-law Ray and niece Sequoia. And a hellish drive it was: get out an atlas and look at the stretch of Interstate 5 from Seattle down to Portland. Now imagine that whole stretch of road, except for a couple of 5 or 10 mile segments, being more or less completely congested, stop-and-go traffic jam. That's what we drove through. Ugh.