I am on the way back to Truce in Canada and writing this on the plane. Eleven hours from Auckland to San Francisco and then on to Victoria in Canada. It’s going to be a long flight but an even longer journey when I return to New Zealand with Truce in a few weeks.
Leaving home is always an uneasy time, there is the anticipation of new adventures ahead tempered with the leaving of loved ones behind for a while. I will also be leaving a nice soft bed, home cooking and the easy domesticated life. I have been through this cycle many times but it never gets any easier.
Before leaving home I checked out the weather forecast for Canoe Cove, seems there will be a few days rain and temperatures struggling to get into double figures during the day. I don’t like wet cold weather and it’s not the best to be getting the hull anti fouled. I am hoping the winter has not been too harsh on Truce and that the BC green mould has not taken over. Whatever, I expect that there will be a lot of cleaning up, airing out and warming through to be carried out.
My priority is to get the hull anti fouled and then launch Truce back into her natural environment. Then I can really get going on the seemingly endless job list of commissioning for the trip back to New Zealand.
I am flying on United Airlines from Auckland to San Francisco. What a useless airline, I am very unimpressed. The inflight food is just awful, service is aggressive and inflight entertainment is like something out of the seventies and the touch screen doesn’t. Then came the bizarre ice cream snatch. I was given Ice Cream with my meal and just getting into it when a cabin attendant snatched it from me! Why? Because someone on the plane had a nut allergy! Just Bonkers. To cap it all my seat won’t recline, the cabin attendant informed me it’s broken and nothing can be done – but I could try complaining. Clearly the Cabin Staff don’t anticipate any result from complaining and as there is no free seat I can move to – looks like I will just have to suck it, sit upright for 11 hours up and make a note never to fly United again. I suppose the equipment on the flight deck works better than my seat.
Working on the theory that everything happens for a reason and that every action has an opposite and equal reaction – I am expecting a stroke of good luck to come my way soon.