Tuesday, February 22, 2022

Day 0 - Long Travel Day

Tuesday - Since I was still in Alaska this morning (after midnight), I’ll start counting days tomorrow. I arrived at the Seattle airport a bit after 5am. My next flight is around 3:30pm so it’s a really long layover. Alaska Airlines has a nice lounge in the north terminal and if you are waiting for another Alaska flight, you can use the lounge for a fee. If you pay the fee with the Alaska Air credit card, you get half off or $25. The food and drinks are provided and I could spend that much on food during the layover. Plus, it’s quiet, comfortable and fast Internet. 

I am not looking forward to the next flight. On the bright side, it’s west to east. The same as the prevailing wind. I’ve been sitting here for eight hours watching the planes land and take off. The majority of the planes seem to be Alaska Airlines with an occasional United and a very rare Delta.  The scheduled arrival is midnight. 

I joined the morning test session as the Internet was fast and there really wasn’t much else to do. 3ms ping with 171Mb/s down and 200Mb/s up in the middle of the day! With almost everyone around me watching videos.

Yesterday evening, I received an email from AT&T letting me know that my iPhone was no longer going to be supported for data after April 1st. Oh joy, another unexpected expense. I thought it might be a phishing email so I went to the AT&T store and asked. They said that the message really was from AT&T and they were baffled as to what was going on. It only applied to the pay-as-you-go plans offered by them and a lot of third party providers using the AT&T network. If you had a regular contract, then no problem. So now I have another phone. The cheapest, current model iPhone.  A mini with half the storage of my old phone. At least Face ID works. I used the store network to transfer the contents from iCloud including installing all of the apps. The whole process didn’t complete until I was on the Alaska Air boardroom Wi-Fi. The phone does have 5G but my pay-as-you-go plan doesn’t allow access. 

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