Yesterday was a long day, spent mostly at airports and on airplanes. The final session of the Tcl conference was yesterday morning, and it was the best so far; Kevin Kenny presented a particularly good paper on optimizing Tcl code. Then Michael Cleverly and I and the big guy from Washington D.C. whose name completely eludes me had lunch at the McDonalds at the Pacific Center Mall, and went off to Vancouver Airport.
You can fly from Vancouver to a number of U.S. cities, so to make things easier you go through American customs in Vancouver instead of at your destination. This is nice, as it gets it out of the way when you're not in a rush, i.e., when changing planes in Portland. On the other hand, once you check in you're stuck in a tiny little gate area without many amenities. As I'd gotten to the airport well in advance of my flight on the theory that I'd rather spend my time walking about the airport than walking about Vancouver with a heavy suitcase, this was an unpleasant discovery. On top of that, all of the electrical outlets were dead, so I couldn't even pass the time writing weblog entries on my laptop.
But I'm home now, and I can honestly say that all of the airport security people I encountered, both coming and going, were polite, efficient, and no more intrusive than necessary. And, shower curtains to the side, the Crowne Plaza Hotel Georgia was an extremely pleasant place to stay.Posted by Will Duquette at September 21, 2002 08:19 PM
I agree with you about the way you view the issue. I remember, long time ago, Jack London said something like "Everything positive has a negative side; everything negative has a positive side." I also find it interesting to see different points of views and learn useful things in the discussion.