Iâ€™m at an altitude of 35,000ft as I write this, sitting in a cramped seat in row 25 of an Airbus A320. Fortunately, I have a window seat to help break up the monotony of air travel, for the less-than-wealthy. Equipped with my M1330 laptop, I performed a quick space test of the fold-out tray in front of me. There is absolutely no way this laptop will fit on it. By the same token, the 0.5â€ thinner profile of the MacBook Air wouldnâ€™t fit either. Itâ€™s all about footprint, not thickness. There, Iâ€™ve had my daily jab at Apple and at the same time scientifically proven my point. Iâ€™ve even attached a photo of what using a M1330 looks like on a plane. (For some reason, I donâ€™t think photography is actually allowed on flights, so shhhhh.) Moving on.
Really not much space, even with the notebook on my lap…
I woke up at the painful hour of 6am this morning. Morning rush hour traffic can be unpredictable, so I figured I should play it safe rather than end up sorry. After arriving at Pearson very early for my flight, I went to the Terminal 1 Starbucks to pick up a light breakfast. The thing is, I donâ€™t drink coffee â€“ I rarely go to Tim Hortonâ€™s even, which is practically a crime in Canada. Given that, it was only natural that I became a bit overwhelmed by the beverage choices and their weird size-naming conventions. Whatever happened to small-medium-large? I ended up with a â€œregular-sizeâ€ (Tall in Starbucks-speak) hot chocolate and a chocolate croissant, which I quickly consumed.
I also experienced my first run-in with the metal-detector â€˜wandâ€™ today while going through security. The culprit? My belt. In what was the most troublesome security check-in for me, I also had to remove my shoes. Perhaps it was the large amount of electronic devices I was pushing through the X-ray machine: laptop, battery, camera, MP3 player, BlackBerry.
Iâ€™ve been passing the time here reading a book a friend lent to me, The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch. From what Iâ€™ve gotten through thus far, I think itâ€™s prudent to pick it up for my own personal book collection, which reminds me, I need to start a book collection. Iâ€™ve also decided that we need to look at building cities in the sky, Ã la Cloud City from Star Wars. It would always be sunny that way, as my burning lap is telling me.
And although Iâ€™m writing this on the plane, Iâ€™m clearly not going to be able to publish this until I land at my connection in Halifax. Iâ€™m still patiently waiting for the day when Wifi becomes prevalent on flights.