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Chocolate, waffles, and awesome times were ALL had!

So I spent the last couple days on the other coast.  I haven’t spent any time in California since maybe a decade ago (ish?), so it was good to go back and see the sights that I’d enjoyed as a kid.

Alcatraz.  In Arabic it means..."The Catraz". (Not really.)

Alcatraz. In Arabic it means..."The Catraz". (Not really.)

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More flights!

I’m taking another trip!

I hate flying (as we’ve seen from the Delta letter), but I haven’t been to California in a really long time. I also haven’t had a good chance to see the Dans, Adam, or Jayson. So I’m flying out to California (SFO) on the 19th of February, and coming back on the 23rd (Thursday-Monday). A short weekend getaway to be sure, but I’ll be happy to see my friends again.

And of course I’ll take pictures…95% of you probably read this for the pictures.

I’m still a little jetlagged from last week, but I think I’m just about over it. It’ll get easier as time passes, I guess. I miss Korea…well, mostly Sonia, but I know I’ll see her soon!

And work is…work. I’ve got a lot of stuff to do, just gotta get it done (instead of writing stupid blog posts!)…

Sooo….back to that.

~Chris

Everland and Incheon Airport

Hi there!

It’s 9:35am on the east coast, but it doesn’t feel like that to me. I don’t know what time it really is, but something called “the sun” seems to be out, and it’s in the eastern sky, so therefore it must be morning. Right? Right.

Anyway, I have a few more pictures, both from Everland from my day of travel.

Took a few more pictures of North Korea.

North Korea's right there!

North Korea's right there!

Closer shot of North Korea.

Closer shot of North Korea.

We made it to Caribbean Bay! (Warning: Overly excited English ahead.) It was a water park, mostly indoors. I realize I said “outdoors” before, but there was an outdoor portion of the lazy river part. I had to retouch this photo since it was really really white.

Outside Caribbean Bay! Woo!

Outside Caribbean Bay! Woo!

INSIDE Caribbean Bay! See the difference?

INSIDE Caribbean Bay! See the difference?

There’s a water slide, a few wade pools, the lazy river, a kiddie diving pool, strictly kiddie pools, and a bunch of saunas/spas. It was a relaxing place filled with hundreds of screaming Korean kids.

On the way out, I found a few gifts and took a picture of the theme park’s entrance.

There was also a theme park next to Caribbean Bay. It was open for a "Snow Festival".

There was also a theme park next to Caribbean Bay. It was open for a "Snow Festival".

We took the bus back to Ilsan, and I found the best Billiard Club in the world. Kind of far to travel, but it’s gotta be worth it.

I found the best billiard club in the world, FYI.

I found the best billiard club in the world, FYI.

Dinner was Kimbab, Udon noodles, and Jook. I only got a picture of the Kimbab.

Kimbab! Seaweed, rice, and meat+veggies.No more kimbab!

Kimbab! Seaweed, rice, and meat+veggies.

That was my last day and night in Korea. The next day was all travel.

Woke up early, and headed to the airport. As I said, my complaint letter to Delta got me a free BusinessElite upgrade. A very nice touch for the 13 hour Incheon-Atlanta leg.

Sonia holding the ticket of AWESOME.

Sonia holding the ticket of AWESOME.

This upgrade was key. A 13-hour flight in Coach isn’t too bad – the food’s decent, I had an exit-row seat, and the amenities were pretty good too. But man….BusinessElite is so excellent. If you don’t know, you really don’t know. Take a gander:

The seatback in Business Class on Delta's 777s.

The seatback in Business Class on Delta's 777s.

I sat in one of those seats. They didn’t quite lie totally flat, but reclined maybe to a 30º angle. The footrest also came up to about 75º. They also included a bottle of water, an amenity kit with all sorts of stuff, and a light that you can see on the left side for reading.

Slippers from BusinessElite on Delta.

Slippers from BusinessElite on Delta.

Oh yeah, slippers too.

Business Class also had better food. Dinner...number 1? Pictured: Beef Japchae, Carrot and Ginger Soup, and a Fresh Seasonal Salad.

Business Class also had better food. Dinner...number 1? Pictured: Beef Japchae, Carrot and Ginger Soup, and a Fresh Seasonal Salad.

The food wasn’t bad either. I missed taking a picture of the first dinner (lunch? breakfast? midnight snack? what time was it?), but it was a “Penne Pasta in Vegetable Bolognese Sauce, tossed with arugula, fresh mozzarella, and mushrooms”.

Dinner #2's main course. I chose the Tuk Galbi - "traditional korean beef in spicy soy sauce with mushrooms, pak choi, and steamed rice".

Dinner #2's main course. I chose the Tuk Galbi - "traditional korean beef in spicy soy sauce with mushrooms, pak choi, and steamed rice".

I tried to talk my way into the Delta lounge in Atlanta with my Business Class ticket, but no dice. I paid for it since I REALLY wanted a shower.

The flight after was lackluster, we’ll say, in comparison. But it landed safely.  That’s all I really care about.

My letter to Delta

Here’s the letter that earned Delta a customer for life.

If your criticism of my letter contains the words “dramatic” or “over-the-top”, I ask you to keep in mind the following:

1) who slept on a nearly lie-flat seat for 13 hours? and

2) who got a $400 voucher for future travel?

3) what’s got two thumbs?

That’s right. This guy.

This email was sent to the following email addresses:

richard.anderson@delta.com (CEO),

lee.macenczak@delta.com (head of flight operations?),

daiquiri.gleaves@delta.com (Customer relations),

customer-care@delta.com

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Very quick entry.

TELEGRAM STOP
ARRIVED AT AIRPORT EARLY STOP
WAS UPGRADED TO BUSINESS CLASS WITHOUT ANY REASON STOP
THINKS IT WAS BECAUSE OF MY COMPLAINT LETTER STOP
WILL ALWAYS RESOLVE ANY PROBLEM WITH A STRONGLY-WORDED LETTER IN THE FUTURE STOP
END

No but seriously, we got to the airport and I checked in for my flight. The guy at the desk said “Okay, your seat is 11F”. I say “um, I’m pretty sure it was 44G…can you check again?” He showed me the printed ticket…sure enough, my name, 11F, Business Class, all on the same ticket. Totally epic.

I had a wonderful vacation and I really can’t wait to see 박선영 again. Hopefully that’ll be in April. If I end up going to Egypt for that trip, I’ll be sure to post pictures :-)

Also, there’s at least one more blog post with pictures coming. I’m going to relax a bit more then head to my flight. See you all …well, in the future. It’s already the 8th here, and I arrive on the 8th at like 11pm. I have a layover in Atlanta for 4 hours…maybe I can talk the Delta people into letting me into the lounge there also.

We’ll see how that goes.

~Chris