San Diego Comic Con 2017: Freaks and Geeks? Part 3 The Journey Home

 San Diego Comic Con 2017: Freaks and Geeks?

Part 3- The Journey Home.

San Diego Comic Con 2017: Freaks and Geeks? Part 3 The Journey Home

Idries J. Abdur-Rahman, MD

San Diego to LAX

San Diego Comic Con 2017: Freaks and Geeks? Part 3 The Journey Home

We had a blast at San Diego Comic Con 2017, but it was now time to head back home to Chi-town. Our day started with an early Lyft ride from the Doubletree to San Diego International airport. Having checked in online the night before, we zoomed through the precheck line and headed straight to the United Club…

 

San Diego Comic Con 2017: Freaks and Geeks? Part 3 The Journey Home

for a quick, light breakfast. The spread was indeed light but appropriate for the time of day.

 

San Diego Comic Con 2017: Freaks and Geeks? Part 3 The Journey Home

The San Diego United Club is on the smaller side but…

 

San Diego Comic Con 2017: Freaks and Geeks? Part 3 The Journey Home

I think totally adequate for a non-hub operation. What I really like about this location is…

 

San Diego Comic Con 2017: Freaks and Geeks? Part 3 The Journey Home

the atrium overlook which gives you great aerial views of the terminal and…

 

San Diego Comic Con 2017: Freaks and Geeks? Part 3 The Journey Home

pretty decent views of the tarmac as well.

 

San Diego Comic Con 2017: Freaks and Geeks? Part 3 The Journey Home

After about 30 minutes, we headed for gate 40 where…

 

San Diego Comic Con 2017: Freaks and Geeks? Part 3 The Journey Home

United Airlines N38459, a five year old Boeing 737-900, was awaiting to take us on the 110 mile, 22 minute journey to LAX.

 

San Diego Comic Con 2017: Freaks and Geeks? Part 3 The Journey Home

Having been upgraded we were among the first to board…

 

San Diego Comic Con 2017: Freaks and Geeks? Part 3 The Journey Home

this new aircraft with it’s Sky interior…

 

San Diego Comic Con 2017: Freaks and Geeks? Part 3 The Journey Home

mood lighting and…

 

San Diego Comic Con 2017: Freaks and Geeks? Part 3 The Journey Home

Direct TV.

 

San Diego Comic Con 2017: Freaks and Geeks? Part 3 The Journey Home

38 inches of pitch made for a comfortable flight, even if it was only 22 minutes in duration.

 

San Diego Comic Con 2017: Freaks and Geeks? Part 3 The Journey Home

Such a short airborne time meant that the in-flight service was provided pre-flight in the form of a Biscotti and…

 

San Diego Comic Con 2017: Freaks and Geeks? Part 3 The Journey Home

beverages of choice. In my case it was good ole H2O.

 

San Diego Comic Con 2017: Freaks and Geeks? Part 3 The Journey Home

Mood lighting took on a more red hue while I…

 

San Diego Comic Con 2017: Freaks and Geeks? Part 3 The Journey Home

checked out Rhapsody, United’s premium cabin magazine, which featured Keegan-Michael Key of Key and Peele.

 

San Diego Comic Con 2017: Freaks and Geeks? Part 3 The Journey Home

We pushed back on-time joining the building early morning traffic.

 

San Diego Comic Con 2017: Freaks and Geeks? Part 3 The Journey Home

As we slowly made our way to the thresh-hold of SAN’s sole runway, I snapped pics of the traffic including this United Express E-175.

 

San Diego Comic Con 2017: Freaks and Geeks? Part 3 The Journey Home

This poor JAL Boeing 787-8 had been hanging out at SAN for days (at least the four since we arrived). Guessing it went tech and was awaiting something for repair.

 

San Diego Comic Con 2017: Freaks and Geeks? Part 3 The Journey Home

This Delta Boeing 737-800 was next up…

 

San Diego Comic Con 2017: Freaks and Geeks? Part 3 The Journey Home

 

San Diego Comic Con 2017: Freaks and Geeks? Part 3 The Journey Home

followed by one many Southwest 737’s. Some in the old livery…

 

San Diego Comic Con 2017: Freaks and Geeks? Part 3 The Journey Home

some in the new livery.

 

San Diego Comic Con 2017: Freaks and Geeks? Part 3 The Journey Home 

 

San Diego Comic Con 2017: Freaks and Geeks? Part 3 The Journey Home

After one final Southwest 737 took off…

 

San Diego Comic Con 2017: Freaks and Geeks? Part 3 The Journey Home

it was our turn, as we lined up on the active runway.

 

San Diego Comic Con 2017: Freaks and Geeks? Part 3 The Journey Home

Another Southwest 737 and a company 737 watched while we took our turn…

 

San Diego Comic Con 2017: Freaks and Geeks? Part 3 The Journey Home

taking to the skies over a sleepy…

 

San Diego Comic Con 2017: Freaks and Geeks? Part 3 The Journey Home

San Diego International airport. San Diego Comic Con 2017 was now officially in the books.

 

San Diego Comic Con 2017: Freaks and Geeks? Part 3 The Journey Home

Within minutes we reached our cruising altitude of 10,000 feet and we soon…

 

San Diego Comic Con 2017: Freaks and Geeks? Part 3 The Journey Home

started our descent over the suburbs of Los Angeles.

 

San Diego Comic Con 2017: Freaks and Geeks? Part 3 The Journey Home

Soon we were on short finals and…

 

San Diego Comic Con 2017: Freaks and Geeks? Part 3 The Journey Home

crossing the 405 (is that right my Angelenos?).

 

San Diego Comic Con 2017: Freaks and Geeks? Part 3 The Journey Home

A smooth touch down and we were at LAX, heading to our gate, or so I hoped.

 

San Diego Comic Con 2017: Freaks and Geeks? Part 3 The Journey Home

I was spotting some heavies at the Tom Bradley International Terminal when I noticed…

 

San Diego Comic Con 2017: Freaks and Geeks? Part 3 The Journey Home

that we were making a left turn instead of the right that would take us to United’s terminals 7 and 8. No bueno I thought.

 

San Diego Comic Con 2017: Freaks and Geeks? Part 3 The Journey Home

And it was no bueno. For some reason ground operations thought that it was a good idea to assign a flight that was clearly way over timed to begin with and scheduled to arrive at 7:57AM to a gate that…

 

San Diego Comic Con 2017: Freaks and Geeks? Part 3 The Journey Home

a 777 scheduled to depart for HNL at 8:00AM was also using.

 

San Diego Comic Con 2017: Freaks and Geeks? Part 3 The Journey Home

Our connection time was already barely legal at only 33 minutes (was 63 minutes when the flights were originally booked) and now we were looking at a 19 minute connection time when we finally blocked in at 8:11AM. We hauled booty as soon as we got off of the plane only to find the agents at gate 71A literally closing the door 9 minutes early having already unseated us. Nice communication guys. As they started to furiously tap at computer keys to re-seat us, another passenger from the late arriving Melbourne flight also came. Why they would close a flight 10 minutes early when passengers from late connections are coming I’m not sure, but either way we were re-seated and quickly made our way down the jetway and to our bulkhead seats, seats that I’m sure folks had already be eyeballing.

 

San Diego Comic Con 2017: Freaks and Geeks? Part 3 The Journey Home

At least we got to spy some nice heavies while we waited in the penalty box including this American Airlines Boeing 777-300 and …

 

San Diego Comic Con 2017: Freaks and Geeks? Part 3 The Journey Home

this Virgin Australia 777-300.

 

LAX-Chicago (O’Hare)

San Diego Comic Con 2017: Freaks and Geeks? Part 3 The Journey Home

After our sprint, we boarded N66837, a 3 year old Boeing 737-900 for the 1745 mile, 3 hour and 28 minute flight to Chicago O’Hare. Bulkhead legroom is always nice though the ABC side bulkhead legroom is always a bit less than the…

 

San Diego Comic Con 2017: Freaks and Geeks? Part 3 The Journey Home

DEF side of the cabin.

 

San Diego Comic Con 2017: Freaks and Geeks? Part 3 The Journey Home

Soon the mood lighting was changed to blue and…

 

San Diego Comic Con 2017: Freaks and Geeks? Part 3 The Journey Home

still six minutes ahead of schedule, we pushed off of the gate and…

 

San Diego Comic Con 2017: Freaks and Geeks? Part 3 The Journey Home

made our slow journey to the active runway, initially…

 

San Diego Comic Con 2017: Freaks and Geeks? Part 3 The Journey Home

passing fellow United Airlines aircraft followed by…

 

San Diego Comic Con 2017: Freaks and Geeks? Part 3 The Journey Home

soon to be no more Virgin America and their…

 

San Diego Comic Con 2017: Freaks and Geeks? Part 3 The Journey Home

eventual new identity, Alaska Airlines.

 

San Diego Comic Con 2017: Freaks and Geeks? Part 3 The Journey Home

Well hello sexy.

 

San Diego Comic Con 2017: Freaks and Geeks? Part 3 The Journey Home

It’s hard to take your eye off of this beauty until…

 

San Diego Comic Con 2017: Freaks and Geeks? Part 3 The Journey Home

the sexiest plane in the world comes and eclipses her.

 

San Diego Comic Con 2017: Freaks and Geeks? Part 3 The Journey Home

This QANTAS Boeing 747-400, having just finished her long journey from Australia, definitely stole the show.

 

 

San Diego Comic Con 2017: Freaks and Geeks? Part 3 The Journey Home

Soon it was our turn and within seconds the…

 

San Diego Comic Con 2017: Freaks and Geeks? Part 3 The Journey Home

engines spooled up and we were off…

 

San Diego Comic Con 2017: Freaks and Geeks? Part 3 The Journey Home

leaving an American Airlines Airbus A321, a…

 

San Diego Comic Con 2017: Freaks and Geeks? Part 3 The Journey Home

United 737-900 and a…

 

San Diego Comic Con 2017: Freaks and Geeks? Part 3 The Journey Home

Delta Airlines Boeing 757-200 in the dust.

 

San Diego Comic Con 2017: Freaks and Geeks? Part 3 The Journey Home

Soon the beautiful Pacific coastline came into view…

 

San Diego Comic Con 2017: Freaks and Geeks? Part 3 The Journey Home

as we bade Los Angeles and…

 

San Diego Comic Con 2017: Freaks and Geeks? Part 3 The Journey Home

beautiful SoCal adieu.

 

San Diego Comic Con 2017: Freaks and Geeks? Part 3 The Journey Home

As we broke through the cloud layer…

 

San Diego Comic Con 2017: Freaks and Geeks? Part 3 The Journey Home

I knew it was going to be another…

 

San Diego Comic Con 2017: Freaks and Geeks? Part 3 The Journey Home

beautiful day at 35,000 feet!

 

San Diego Comic Con 2017: Freaks and Geeks? Part 3 The Journey Home

I know what you are thinking, if it’s such a beautiful day at 35,000 feet, why the heck are you firing up the internet?

 

San Diego Comic Con 2017: Freaks and Geeks? Part 3 The Journey Home

Why? Because I’m dedicated to you, that’s why! I had to checkout the personal device entertainment options for you and…

 

San Diego Comic Con 2017: Freaks and Geeks? Part 3 The Journey Home

of course I had to checkout the flight map.

 

San Diego Comic Con 2017: Freaks and Geeks? Part 3 The Journey Home

The first in-flight service started with a beverage and United’s now well known StroopWafel. Who knew the Dutch made such a decent little breakfast snack?

 

San Diego Comic Con 2017: Freaks and Geeks? Part 3 The Journey Home

There is nothing more beautiful than the views that you see…

 

San Diego Comic Con 2017: Freaks and Geeks? Part 3 The Journey Home

flying across the western and southwestern United States.

 

San Diego Comic Con 2017: Freaks and Geeks? Part 3 The Journey Home

I’m not much of a nature guy in terms of outdoor activities like mountain climbing, but I definitely dig checking nature out from the safety and….

 

San Diego Comic Con 2017: Freaks and Geeks? Part 3 The Journey Home

relative comfort of an airplane cabin.

 

San Diego Comic Con 2017: Freaks and Geeks? Part 3 The Journey Home

According to the flight map we were close to the Arizona-Nevada boarder at this point.

 

San Diego Comic Con 2017: Freaks and Geeks? Part 3 The Journey Home

It’s not just the landscapes that are striking but also…

 

San Diego Comic Con 2017: Freaks and Geeks? Part 3 The Journey Home

the colors and…

 

San Diego Comic Con 2017: Freaks and Geeks? Part 3 The Journey Home

the patterns.

 

San Diego Comic Con 2017: Freaks and Geeks? Part 3 The Journey Home

The landscape always gets flatter and…

 

San Diego Comic Con 2017: Freaks and Geeks? Part 3 The Journey Home

less colorful though still beautiful as your reach the country’s mid-section.

 

San Diego Comic Con 2017: Freaks and Geeks? Part 3 The Journey Home

Look who spied Denver International Airport as we cruised along at 35,000 feet.

 

San Diego Comic Con 2017: Freaks and Geeks? Part 3 The Journey Home

People either love or hate Denver’s unique architecture, I personally am a lover. Here you can see just how far out of the city DEN is.

 

San Diego Comic Con 2017: Freaks and Geeks? Part 3 The Journey Home

A second beverage service occurred as we crossed Iowa. Gotta stay hydrated aloft so I again opted for water.

 

San Diego Comic Con 2017: Freaks and Geeks? Part 3 The Journey Home

Based on the in-flight map I believe this was DSM but I’m sure someone can confirm or correct.

 

San Diego Comic Con 2017: Freaks and Geeks? Part 3 The Journey Home

Soon it was time to stow larger electronic items, bring our setbacks to the upright and locked position and prepare the cabin for an early landing.

 

San Diego Comic Con 2017: Freaks and Geeks? Part 3 The Journey Home

I will grant you that it’s not as striking as say the Rockies, but there is something beautiful about the different shades of green (at least during April-October) of my home state Illinois.

 

San Diego Comic Con 2017: Freaks and Geeks? Part 3 The Journey Home

We approached O’Hare from the west today and…

 

San Diego Comic Con 2017: Freaks and Geeks? Part 3 The Journey Home

were soon crossing the streets and roads of the suburbs adjacent to the airport.

 

San Diego Comic Con 2017: Freaks and Geeks? Part 3 The Journey Home

We touched down on a beautiful Monday afternoon as an Aeromexico 737 started it’s takeoff roll and…

 

San Diego Comic Con 2017: Freaks and Geeks? Part 3 The Journey Home

an Iberia Airbus A340-600 made it’s way to the international terminal. Always great to be home in Chi-town!!!

 

Check out part 2- The Con right HERE

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