D'Arcy from Winnipeg
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Thoughts from Winnipeg Airport

Wednesday, January 11, 2006 5:52 AM

I hate flying. I have this weird fear that my death will occur in an aircraft, even though the statistics are much greater for driving a car, taking a bus, or even just walking accross the street. I've gotten better over the years, but its still not my preferred method of travel.

I'm off to Ottawa for my Uncle Richard's funeral. The viewing is today and the funeral is tomorrow. He was in his early 60's, a new grandfather, and one of THE nicest guys you would ever meet. Apparantly he went in to get some back pain checked out and they found advanced cancer. You just can't take any day for granted...each one is a gift. I'm glad that I had a chance to see him back in the fall when he and my aunt were passing through. They offered their place to us if we ever wanted to head out there...I just didn't think I'd be heading out there so soon and for something like this.

I think airports need a geek line. I felt so conscious setting out all my gadgets: laptop, PDA, cell phone, and IPod. They didn't ask me to turn any of them on (don't they have to? Maybe just spot checks...), so it went pretty quickly actually. Internet here is a joke though. The Winnipeg airport was touting how it had wireless internet access...what they didn't tout was that its a for-a-fee service. $10 for one hour of internet access?! Well, at least it works out that I only have an hour (less than that) before my flight. And where are the plugs?! The battery on my laptop is capped at 2 hours (and even then, I'm pretty sure thats two hours with the screen closed and nothing running), so again I'm ok...but still. I'm not sure how much room I'll have at my seat (never worked on a plane before either).

40 minutes to boarding...



# re: Thoughts from Winnipeg Airport

I was able to pick up an open WiFi signal just sitting in the departure lounge outside of the "Travellers Lounge" mid-terminal. You pay $10 to enter the place, with the nice cushy (Palliser?) furniture, but nothing to connect from across the hallway in the Air Canada gate (L I think?).

1/11/2006 10:01 AM | MikeD

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