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It's better to die on your feet than live on your knees

September 17, 2007 @ 7:04am

Most of the flights I've had over the last two years have been from White Plains to Dulles -- meaning they have one seat on the left, then an aisle, then two seats on the right. They were basically roller coasters with wings. You get one drink. No music channels in the chairs. No movie. And no meal, which is a smart move since you are flying just over the tree tops and probably couldn't keep one down. (We're not all Steven Stills.)

So last night's United flight from Chicago to San Francisco was a treat -- no SF pun intended.

I listened to the classical channel and was disappointed that they didn't play Rhapsody In Blue, but at least I got to hear it during the emergency instructions.

I watched Ocean's 13. It was entertaining and the source of my post title. ¡Viva Zapata!

The only bad thing was the length. Four-and-a-half hours is a long flight when your butt is used to an hour or two.

Oh yeah, one more bad thing. It would be great if they could figure out a way to space out these two announcements from the captain:

"You are now free to reach down and get your laptops and MP3 players out of your carry-ons."

and

"You are now free to jam your chair back as fast and as hard as you can into the faces of the fools who are leaning over to get their laptops. Suckers!"

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