Getting to sleep last night was a real challenge. Sometimes when I’m worried about oversleeping I wake up every hour and check the time. That is one of the reasons that 6:00 AM flights always seem to be problematic. Waking up at 3:00 AM disrupts all my regular routines. I managed to take a nap during the first hour of the flight. It was still dark. At about 7:00 AM the sun was streaming through a few windows on the other side of the airplane. Just a little light was enough to end my nap.
The flight from Denver to Nashville only took two hours today. Flying east sometimes involves losing hours during time zone changes, but this time I still arrived early enough in the day to attend a number of morning meetings. Business travel is always bout timing.
I listened to a best of Tears for Fears album during the flight. Denver International Airport still has free wireless internet. Some airports have sponsorship deals that include 30 minutes of free wireless internet followed by some seriously outrageous costs. At 5:00 AM the airport wireless internet speeds in Denver were pretty good. I was able to download the latest episodes of This Week in Tech (TWIT) and This Week in Google (TWIG) in a matter of minutes.
Southwest Airlines flights are normally pretty full. This early morning flight to Nashville only included an “A” boarding group. That means less than 60 people were booked for the flight. I was able to get a window seat on a row all by myself. This is the first time this year I have had a row all by myself on a Southwest Airlines flight. Southwest has been my airline of choice this year. The staff always seems to be friendly and engaged, the airplanes are equipped with wireless internet, and the Boeing 737 is my favorite airplane.