March 4 2004
My airplane seating preference changed a couple
of years ago from windows to aisles. I found that the aisle meant
getting out faster, more legroom/room to stretch, easier access to get
up during the flight, etc. So it's been a long while since I sat
at the window on a transcon an intercontinental flight.
Today, however, I'm in the best seat in the (AA 777 coach) house
-- the window on the exit row, with six feet of legroom in front of me,
and no need to bug anyone to move about.
Thus, I just glanced out the window and saw snow and ice, and lots of it. We're flying quite a northerly route today. Those Viking-age marketing guys were pretty funny, giving Greenland its name -- I don't see a single spot that even looks habitable, much less a verdant hue.
That Globe Trekker episode where Ian Wright visits Greenland is spot on -- really doesn't look like much there, and there is clearly, absolutely, no overland way to navigate.