Tuesday, September 1, 2009

WiFi in the Wild Blue Yonder

SOMEWHERE IN THE AIR -- I have spent the last two weeks all over the state of Utah for work and this past weekend in San Francisco hanging out with my parents, seeing Wicked, and cheering on our San Francisco Giants. Right now I'm on my non-stop (thank goodness, I hate layovers) flight back to Washington, D.C. It's always tough heading back to reality.

As I walked onto the plane today, I noticed there was a "WiFi" sign. Wow... I had heard of airlines getting WiFI, but haven't actually been on a plane that had it. And since I'm not online nearly enough I thought I'd try it out. So, I used the free pass that first-timers (meaning first time WiFi users) get on Delta, and decided to hope online and get some work done. Of course, work always turns into checking my email... so I logged onto gmail and noticed my brother online... he's currently living in Sweden working for the State Department, for those of you who don't know. Anyway, gmail has a cool "video chat" feature for users who have a camera on their computers. And since Rob and I both have Macs with built-in cameras, I decided to video chat with Rob... of course, I was courteous and put my headphones in so no one else could hear him, and I mostly just did head nods as Rob gave me a video tour of his new place in Sweden. One of the flight attendants noticed, and thought it was so cool that she got the other flight attendants to gather around and say hello to Rob all the way over in Sweden. So here he is waving to all the folks aboard Delta flight 1158.

It's pretty cool the things technology can do these days... connect a person on a plane, flying somewhere in the skies over Colorado with someone on the other side of the world. And I can even blog about all of it... with hours to go before I reach my final destination.

8 comments:

Brittany said...

That's really cool! I hope you're having fun on your flight. Dad is already really sad that you left.

Taylor Family said...

How fun for you!!! I am not that techonology savvy so I couldn't have figured that out even if I wanted to!!! How fun to go with your parents to SF I haven't been back there for 4 years!!! I would love to go back there!!! If your still on the plane eats some peanuts for me:)

Joy Candrian said...

Pretty amazing! I'm jealous. I want a tour of Rob's house too.
I miss you! Thanks for hanging out with your parents.

Erin S said...

How fun! I love your family and miss you guys!!!

Amy C said...

Jealous, I want to video chat with Rob and get a tour...blasted time difference and being stuck at work during the only time we have to chat.

Joshua and Joy said...

That's really cool. I bet that chatting with Rob and blogging helped your flight seem really quick.

Lorena said...

see, it's like we never left!

Tiffanie and Alvaro Z said...

That looks like a ton of fun!

How was Wicked?????????

I'm so glad I got to visit with you all!