||[Jan. 8th, 2009|12:20 am]
Arrived in Silicon Valley - finally. This morning was a miserable New England morning - slush, snow, sleet, wintry mix, the works. My parents managed to tiptoe down 128 in time for me to miss the 5:30 AM Logan Express and make the 6:00 AM. Had plenty of time at the airport though - I always check-in electronically, so it takes like 5 minutes to check bags and maybe 10 for security and then I'm through.
But then once we got on the plane, we sat on the tarmac for 3 hours. We were supposedly 3rd in line for de-icing, so we pulled away from the gate. Then there was a report that there were ice pellets mixed in with the sleet/snow/wintry mix, and planes can't take off in ice. So everything at Logan was grounded. Then a few planes got off, we were 3rd in line for de-icing again, and we thought all was good. And then it started icing, and we sat some more. My 8:16 AM flight finally got off the ground around 11:30 AM.
Naturally, that put most of the passengers in a poor mood, since basically everyone with a connecting flight had missed it. I'm so glad I chose to fly non-stop to San Francisco instead of one-stop to San Jose. If I'd had a connecting flight, I would've missed it (everything out of Boston was delayed) and that would've sucked.
Watched half of City of Embers on the plane. It looked pretty good. Post-apocalypse sci-fi is always good, the soundtrack was great, and it starred Saoirse Ronan (Atonement). Some parts were kinda cheesy though. Perhaps I'll watch the whole thing sometime.
Luckily, I'm now in sunny Silicon Valley, where it's like a crisp New England autumn day. Took care of banking, met the landlady & one of the roommates, had Mexican takeout from a taqueria on Dana street, and am now back at the house testing out the Internet connection. All my Google new hire information came via e-mail today, so there's lots of paperwork to read over, and I've got a busy shopping day tomorrow.