November 8th, 2004

India

Sea-Tac International Airport

Not an auspicious beginning to the trip, mostly because of my own restlessness. I am stressed. Afraid of things going wrong, I may have caused myself even worse problems. I took the #70 to downtown, disembarking at 5th and Virginia. I walked a block north to Sound Community Bank to get more cash. Only I had gone over my $500 limit today. The $200 I withdrew yesterday was credited today. I took an additional $200 out at Pete’s. The A.T.M. at Sound rejected my $200 withdrawal request. I thought it also ate my card. So I called 1st Tech from the Westin. They decided to block the card. After I walked out, I saw the card in my bag. So I hurriedly returned and called them back. The rep says she was able to cancel the block as it hadn’t gone through yet, but now I worry even more. Because I was sofreaked Ithought Ilostmycard to the machine, I may yet lose it. I have a back-up VISA, but I’d hate to depend on it the whole trip.

After the card debacle, I headed to RBC Dain Rauscher to cash my options check. As I entered the lobby, I realized I could smell the stress and fear on me. The check encashment went quickly and smoothly, but I decided I needed coffee. Down to Starbucks, then into the bus tunnel at University. I was lucky to have a #194 come about 5 minutes later. During the wait, I took my first Malarone® tablet. Gurmit tells me that the mosquitos are all dead this time of year, but I figure better safe than sorry.

The line at the Asiana check-in counter was lengthy, and I waited about 30 minutes to check in. I spotted numerous Indians, so I suspect this is a popular route. Obviously, many Koreans also waited, and I spotted a few who were headed to Viet Nam. The agent efficiently processed me, giving me two aisle seats (one on each leg).

Sea-Tac help a grand opening for a new tram while I waited for the old tram to the S terminal. Boring speach, what I heard of it. Now I sit at gate S15 writing to calm myself down. But my fingers hurt from gripping too tightly and I still clench my jaw. Nevertheless, I have relaxed somewhat.

India

Sea-Tac International Airport

My flight is delayed, and Asiana has not yet announced a new boarding time. However, a number of flight attendants have deboarded with beverages for all passengers who are waiting. I have not seen this sort of courtesy before. I suspecct this means that theflight will be substantially delayed.

On the positive side, I have de-stressed quite a bit. My handwriting is now readable, though I would be stretching the truth to ever call it neat.

An Indian gentleman and his wife sit next to me, and we've chatted a bit during the wait. He believes that I will enjoy India, except for the dirtiness. I am not to worried about that.

The flight attendants are all female. All appear quite thin as well. My experience is that Korean women are just as frequently stout as American women. I wonder if Korea allows Asiana to discriminate by gender & appearance?