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Trains, Parks, Planes, & Screwdrivers.

Train from Whistler down to Vancouver was nice, though not as spectacular as the one to Whistler. I should have done stuff in Vancouver on the Saturday night, I had a recommendation for a bar and things but frankly I was just all holidayed out by that point. Spent Sunday morning going for a long wander round Stanley Park which is lovely on a sunny day. Then off to the airport for my flight back home.

Fast bag drop was anything but, in fact it was so not fast that they got everyone for our flight out of the queue and put us through the Club World check-in instead (sadly they didn't upgrade us to match). Vancouver seems even more paranoid about security than Heathrow, I had to put my boots through the x-ray machine, and they confiscated my glasses repair screwdrivers which I had forgotten were in my bag and which had made it across the Atlantic the other way without being noticed.

The flight itself was slightly frustrating, the Italian couple in my row had filled up the entire overhead locker with their hand luggage before I got to my seat, so I had to hurriedly split mine into a bag of books that would just fit in there and laptop etc. that could go under my seat. Then I discovered my touch screen didn't respond to presses on the right hand side, and occasionally generated them randomly. This was fine as long as you never used the on screen menu, if you did then the film would start fast forwarding or rewinding, or doing something and there was no way to get it to stop. Once I'd worked out how to drive everything from the armrest then things were fine, though I did have to ask the man next to me not to put his elbow on my controls because then even more weird stuff happened.

By the time I could actually watch anything I think my judgement must have gone because X-Men Origins: Wolverine didn't seem nearly as bad as people had said it was.

I feel slightly guilty now about being awkward with the Italian couple at the start because just before landing one of the attendants opened the overhead locker and my bag of books immediately fell out and hit the wife on her head. Oh well, these things will happen I suppose.

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bellinghman
Aug. 24th, 2009 09:18 pm (UTC)
Vancouver seems even more paranoid about security than Heathrow

Tell us about it. bellinghwoman's bag went through the X-ray machine. The baggage checker didn't like it. He looked through every bit of it he could find. He couldn't find what he was looking for, so sent it for another trip through the machine. Then he looked through the bag again, and finally found the manicure set, with the tiniest bladed pair of scissors you've ever seen on it.

Herself was suitable embarrassed, having long since forgotten it was in there (as she says, it's a small black pouch inside a black bag - and it took the checker a long time to uncover it even with X-rays to help, so she doesn't feel to bad not to have managed to find it herself. But it's an interesting question as to how long it had been in there. Certainly, Heathrow didn't find it).

I suspect the security levels are to do with the fact they've really beefed it up for the Olympics, but they don't quite have the level of travellers yet that the security system has been redesigned for.
aardvark179
Aug. 24th, 2009 11:13 pm (UTC)
I suspect the security levels are to do with the fact they've really beefed it up for the Olympics, but they don't quite have the level of travellers yet that the security system has been redesigned for.
They are getting paranoid for the Olympics, yes. A bunch of people I was talking to in Whistler are all renting out their flats for the entire games and going and working elsewhere, not because they couldn't make a load of money working in Whistler but because of the number of passes and checkpoints they'd have to go through just getting round the valley.

Presumably they'll be away doing the jobs that the people doing their normal jobs would be doing if they weren't working in Whistler.
techiebabe
Aug. 24th, 2009 09:43 pm (UTC)
Sounds like karma for the Italian wife :-)
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